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First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) 's submission to the Department of Communications and the Arts’ Regional Connectivity Program – discussion paper. As advocates for regional connectivity, particularly in remote Indigenous communities, FNMA see significant potential to achieve social and digital inclusion benefits through the Regional Connectivity Program.
This submission is informed by over 8 years of industry and community consultation about regional and remote connectivity issues. The crossover of infrastructure, digital literacy and access to information between telecommunications and media is significant. For this reason, First Nations Media Australia (formerly the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA)) was a founding contributor to the Broadband for the Bush Alliance – a collective of 23 organisations focused on remote and regional connectivity within the satellite footprint under NBN - and the annual Broadband for the Bush Forum (up to 2018).
Digital inclusion is recognised as one of the key social justice challenges facing policy makers and communities worldwide. It is about using technology as a channel to improve skills, to enhance quality of life, to drive education, access employment opportunities and promote social and economic wellbeing.4 In 2019, digital inclusion equates to social inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, and is essential to Closing the Gap.