IRCA Newsletter - March 2016

IRCA Mourns the loss of longtime Board member Annette Victor 

Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) are saddened to hear of the passing of our Board member Annette Victor. Annette was on the IRCA Board dependably from 2007 – 2011 holding the position of Treasurer and from 2013 up until her untimely passing. She also served many years as Board member for PAKAM, ICTV, and AICA.

At the National Remote Indigenous Media Festivals, Annette received numerous awards over the years:-
  • 2005 The Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy Best Broadcaster Award
  • Best Female Broadcaster PAKAM
  • 2007 Best Radio Broadcast during the Festival
  • 2010 Best PAKAM RIBS Operator
  • 2012 The John Macumba Indigenous Community Media Operator of the Year
  • Best PAKAM RIBS Operator
  • 2013 The Preston Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • 2015 Mr McKenzie Award for best contribution to Remote Indigenous Television
Annette worked as a RIBS operator in Beagle Bay and Ardyaloon for over 15 years, broadcasting her “Cadje-Up” show on the PAKAM Network 9 -10am daily. She also produced numerous community video programmes for ICTV over the years, most recently 'First School at Middle Beach'. She was a passionate advocate for the role media can play in improving the lives of Indigenous Australians in remote communities.

Annette Victor will be sadly missed by all her family in the Indigenous Media Sector.         

Visit from Chairperson Gilmore Johnston 

It was great to have our Chairperson Gilmore Johnston travel from Cairns to visit us in Alice Springs in February. Over the three days Gilmore got to meet staff members, receive updates on IRCA's current projects and attend Board and planning meetings.

Thanks Gilmore. We look forward to working closely with you in the busy year ahead.

Remote Audience Survey 

A successful pilot of the remote Indigenous radio audience survey was undertaken in early December 2015. The pilot was a mini-survey in two Central Australian communities to test the suitability of, and processes involved, in the survey implementation. Thanks to CAAMA for providing a range of support measures for this mini-survey. 
McNair Ingenuity is partnering with IRCA in order to gain data on the Indigenous media usage in remote Indigenous audiences. Specifically the audience survey is aimed at gaining data on: 
  • Listener patterns and preferences of community members in relation to RIMO radio services.
  • Watching patterns and preferences of community members in relation to Indigenous Community Television.
  • Technology devices people use to listen to radio and watch TV.
  • Level of engagement of community members in making their own media and using social media.
  • Operational status of VAST DTH implementations.
  • Level of phone access by community members. 
RIMO specific data is being provided to participating RIMOs for their own planning, promotion and marketing purposes. An overall picture of remote listenership aggregated from the included regions will also be drawn from the data to profile media usage across those regions.
Partial funding for the survey was received from the Community Broadcasting Foundation in 2015.  It is expected that the survey will conducted in mid to late March and survey results will be available in late June to the participating RIMOs. 

Broadband for the Bush Forum V: Digital Journeys

The Broadband for the Bush Alliance has been busy planning for this year’s Forum and IRCA will once again join ACCAN in coordinating the Indigenous Focus Day. Get ready to save the date and book your travel to Brisbane.
  • Indigenous Focus Day: Tuesday 7 June, 2016
  • Forum: Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 June, 2016 
The 2016 Forum theme Digital Journeys focusses on how digital engagement can benefit everyone. It will promote practical stories and outcomes of digital inclusion for remote, regional and rural people, communities and service providers. It can include community-based solutions, technical innovation, employment or business development, learning or engagement strategies, or policy initiatives.

More information
Other links:
Broadband for the Bush Alliance
2016 Forum

Recent changes to IndigiTube

We would like to let the IndigiTUBE contributors and users know about the recent changes to IndigiTUBE.

ICTV have now moved from IndigiTUBE and set up a separate video streaming service. Much of the video content previously on IndigiTUBE has now moved to this new URL, which you can access via the temporary ICTV Play and Music Video icons and featured content windows. 

IRCA remains committed to the IndigiTUBE vision of:

  • an online community for sharing and accessing media made by and for Indigenous people in remote Australia.

IRCA is currently consulting with its members and stakeholders about the future of the IndigiTUBE platform. We will provide updates in due course. 

If you would like to contribute to the discussion and see IndigiTUBE continue as a platform where all types of media are available, please email or show your support on the IndigiTUBE Facebook page.

Upcoming RIMOs and Board Meetings 

We have been very busy planning for our March meetings being held in Alice Springs from 7–11 March with the RIMO Managers and IRCA Board members. The National Peak Body discussions will be facilitated by Fred Heidt and we will have John Mero (of Vision Method Outcome) facilitating the Board governance training. We will end the week with a Board meeting.

Other News

CAAMA - A New Voice for Ntaria RIBS

Selina Malbunka is the new CAAMA RIBS Broadcaster from Ntaria/Hermannsberg.

Selina is a proud Arrernte/Warlpiri woman and lives in Ntaria Community that is 120kms west of Alice Springs NT. You can listen to Selina on CAAMA Radio on Thursdays from 2pm – 4pm.          

TEABBA – Barunga Training and LIVE Broadcast

Barunga community kicked off the first RIBS training and LIVE outside broadcast for 2016. TEABBA Radio broadcasters Bernard Namok Jnr (Bala B) and Thecla Brogan travelled down to Barunga to deliver a refresher course on the equipment with TEABBA RIBS operator Delma McCartney.

Last year the TEABBA crew were given the opportunity to travel to RIBS Studios in remote communities to install new radio equipment and antennas. This year TEABBA is focusing on training Indigenous people in their remote communities and creating job opportunities to keep their radio running. It was a good opportunity to gear up the outside broadcast equipment and get it going for this year’s broadcast in communities for events and festivals.

The LIVE Outside Broadcast was heard across the network on Thursday 28th January between 1pm – 2pm. 

 PAKAM - Songlines on Screen 

PAKAM's Songlines on Screen Application was successful! 

They will be producing the Songline production called "Niminagarra" from Parnngurr Community.

Neil Turner, Curtis and Muuki Taylor will be in Darwin from the 14th to the 18th of March attending the development workshops.

NG Media – Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access (RIPIA)

The RIPIA Ngaanyatjarra Lands project is a partnership between IRCA and Ngaanyatjarra Media, and is funded by the Western Australian Department of Regional Development. This project is tracking very well: Ngaanyatjarra Media are about to complete the audit of ICT infrastructure and the Everyday Digital Skills trainers are currently visiting Ngaanyatjarra communities.
Over the next few months, trainers Paul and Michelle will visit 13 Ngaanyatjarra communities several times. Their training model for learning will be through a range of engaging projects where participants will gain skills in the basics of computers and mobile devices, accessing and using the internet, privacy and online safety, multimedia apps, Ara Irititja and much more! 

RIPIA Ngaanyatjarra Lands project
Ngaanyatjarra Media
Ara Irititja

QRAM and TSIMA Enter into talks to improve Radio Services 

QRAM’s Gilmore Johnston and Gerry Pyne met with TSIMA’s Mario Soki, Sylvia Tabua and Jenny Enosa on Thursday Island recently. Fruitful discussions were held and they were able to exchange ideas and demonstrate some of the new technologies being deployed throughout the Cape by the Black Star network. Both parties are now entering into further discussions exploring a new partnership to be underpinned by an MOU that will bring about improved media services for the Cape and Torres Strait.

There are long standing cultural ties linking the two regions and this partnership will further strengthen these and lead to an increased interchange of information, news and entertainment. This is an exciting time for remote media and QRAM are looking forward to working more closely with their Northern Partners. Communities serviced by the two organisations stand to benefit greatly from the partnership.  

PAW Media - New Animation on NITV

NITV hosted the premier of Kardiyarlu Kangurnu on 2 March. Produced by PAW Media, the new animation was directed by Jason Woods, Shane White and Maxwell Tasman with Simon Fisher Jnr. and producer/trainer Jonathan Daw.

Three elders from three different central Australian communities share their stories of early contact with Kardiya, how they reacted and how it changed their lives.

If you missed it, you can still watch it on SBS On Demand!

CBF Structure and Governance Review  

CBF is proposing significant reform to its structure and governance.  It has developed a new model that we believe will better meet the needs of the community broadcasting sector - now and into the future.

Over the past year, CBF has worked through a process to consider how it might revise its organisational structure and governance arrangements to improve effiency and effectiveness.  The Foundation sought advice from independent consultants, Nous Group, and from the sector.  The CBF has considered the Nous Group’s report and the diverse range of feedback on its recommendations from across the sector.  Considerable thought was given to the various options.  The review has also been an opportunity to reflect on what role the sector’s funding agency can play in helping the sector to meet a range of challenges. 
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Indigenous Screen Business Fellowship Initiative

The initiative aims to help build business capacity within the Indigenous screen production sector. Total funding of up to $400,000 has been allocated over a two-year period to support one or two businesses to enhance their capacity and take the ‘next step’ towards
ongoing viability.

Indigenous screen businesses may apply for up to $200,000 in total over two years.
The funding is targeted at Indigenous screen businesses ready to build on initial success. It is not intended for established screen businesses.

Funding is intended for business development and building company capacity, and does not necessarily replace other Screen Australia support (see ‘Eligibility for other Screen Australia programs’).

Find out more

Indigenous TV Content Grants 2015/16

This grant category is an incubator fund that aims to support content production encouraging greater participation, creativity and innovation in Australian community television productions.

Consideration of TV Grants is the responsibility of the TV Grants Advisory Committee (TVGAC). In 2015/16 approx. $75,000 is available in this grant category. Grants will be announced late May 2016.

CBF strongly encourages you to discuss your project with the relevant CBF Grants Administrator before submitting your application. They can provide advice on the types of projects funded in this category and what information you should include in your application.

For assistance in applying, please see links to further information below. If you would prefer to apply for the grant using a word processing document contact the CBF Grants Administrator.

CBF Grants Administrator:
Jon King
Telephone: (03) 8341 5966
For further information see:
Applying for the first time?
General information for all applicants
SmartyGrants Guide for Applicants


Planning Assistance Grants 

This grant category aims to help community broadcasting organisations develop detailed plans toward future growth. This may include marketing plans, financial plans and detailed business development plans. Your organisation may already have a functional strategic plan outlining your organisation’s vision; this grant category is intended to assist with the development of operational or staged plans, activities to meet the aims identified in your strategic plan, and strategies or activities which will progress your plan to the next level.

If you're unsure of how to approach planning for your organisation, CBF have developed this resource list of potential facilitators and consultants with experience in the community broadcasting and/or not for profit sectors that may help you get started.

Application procedure
To apply you will need to use an online grant application system called SmartyGrants. 
As this is a new grant opportunity in 2015/16, we advise you to speak with a Grants Administrator before starting your application. 

Further information:
Claire Stuchbery, Grants Administrator
Telephone: (03) 8341 5900


Focus on community broadcasting photo competition

The Focus on Community Broadcasting photo competition is awarding $3,000 in cash prizes to photographers, amateur and professional, to capture the essence of community broadcasting. 

CBF want to see local community broadcasting at its best - the station, equipment, station volunteers and listeners: lively, bright and fresh images showcasing the access, diversity, independence, localism, multiculturalism, inclusion and social justice that community radio and TV represents.
Entries close: Monday 2 May 2016

  • You will win $1,000 CASH if your photo is judged as the overall best image!
  • There are 4 CASH PRIZES of $500 each, one prize for each category and an additional $500 cash prize for the best overall photo.
  • Another $500 cash prize will be awarded to the station connected with the image judged to be the best overall.
  • Focus on Station exterior or interior - an image of the interior or exterior of a station (contact your local station first for access)
  • Focus on Production or transmission equipment - an image of production equipment (some transmission equipment is in restricted spaces - contact your local station for access)
  • Focus on Volunteers and/or staff - an image of the people that make the station
  • Focus on Listeners/Viewers - photos of the people that consume local community broadcasting 
Find out more

Indigenous Writing Fellowships  

Entries for the 2016 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships are now open!

Who can enter?

The black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia.

The Fellowships are open to adult fiction, young adult fiction, short story collection, poetry collection and children’s book manuscripts. Entries must include a Confirmation of Aboriginality Form/Letter of Confirmation with a common seal from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander incorporated community organisation. There is no entry fee.
Please download and read the Entry Guidelines document  (PDF 53.1 KB) for the full conditions of entry.
For more details:

Employment Opportunities

CAAMA - Senior Journalist, Multimedia


Senior Journalist, Multimedia
The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association has an exciting full-time opportunity for a Senior Journalist in Alice Springs, NT.

Reporting to the Station Manager, you'll assist in the research, production and presentation of news bulletins and current affairs programmes across multimedia platforms; maintain content and archival files and participate in any PR activities on behalf of the station, to ensure the CAAMA continues a professional and consistent media presence.

IRCA - IT Training Coordinator 

Do you have sound knowledge of ICT and extensive experience in community development, adult education or training delivery? Join our team and address digital exclusion in remote NT communities. 

For further information:

Should you wish to make further enquiries regarding this vacancy and obtain a copy of the full Position Description, please contact:

Maor Bar-Ziv, IT Projects and Events Coordinator;

Email:, using the subject line: IT Training Coordinator application via EthicalJobs. 

Phone: 08 8952 6465  Fax: 08 8992 9669

Office location: 2/70 Elder St, Alice Springs, NT 0870
Postal address: PO Box 2731, Alice Springs, NT 0871.


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