This roadmap brings together the wisdom and data from three years of consultation, experimentation and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander digital makers, organisations and communities. This information has been captured and distilled by the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) and Telstra Foundation to form Australia’s first strategy for driving Indigenous digital excellence.

This document sets out what this Indigenous Excellence (IDX) future looks like, its key guiding principles, areas of focus, goals to be achieved and priority actions. It is intended that this roadmap forms the basis of efforts of the NCIE and Telstra’s partnership through their IDX initiative as well as the efforts of key influencers in the Australian community including the government.

The IDX roadmap is sector-wide rather than organisational specific. To this end, this roadmap identifies what we – as a nation, community and ecosystem – need to focus on to increase Indigenous digital participation.

Key findings:

  • There is a dearth of knowledge on what innovation is out there and how communities and individuals are innovating. Such examples must be identified, captured and shared so that communities can learn from each other and not have to reinvent the wheel.
  • This group, and Indigenous communities cannot prosecute this agenda on their own. Real partnerships with companies, government and other ecosystem players are critical.
  • Communities must debate and discuss digital governance issues including protection of traditional cultural knowledge, upholding lore and how to safely participate in the digital environment.
  • IDX intends to build and strengthen existing innovation hubs which improve social and health services by exploring the application of digital technologies such as applications, 3D printing, robotics and drones to improve wellbeing.
  • This is an opportunity to develop applications and online resources to capture language, stories and cultural protocols, and to use digital platforms to learn from and connect with other Indigenous communities around the world.
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