The Christmas 2015 edition of IRCA’s Newsletter


Thank You 

The Board and Staff of IRCA would like to do a big call out to thank you all for your support and involvement throughout 2015.  
We would like to acknowledge the fantastic work of the Remote Indigenous Media Organisations and over 200 RIBS media workers providing essential media and communications services to their communities across remote Australia.  A big thanks also to our funding agencies, industry partners, stakeholders and friends who support this important work and IRCA’s activities, projects and events. 
It’s been a big year with lots of great outcomes for IRCA, including the biggest National Remote Indigenous Media Festival to date at Lajamanu (thanks PAW Media, Lajamanu, ICTV and sponsors).  Follow this link to check out the Pictorial Booklet (hard copies coming soon). 

Some of IRCA’s other achievements for 2015:
IRCA has been tasked with becoming the peak body for the national broadcasting, media and communications industry. To do this, IRCA will build on its strategic purpose of 'industry development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media and communicaitons' with the following three key strategies:
  • Become a national representative body that delivers outcomes
  • Develop a sustainable, robust industry
  • Develop connected, creative and capable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations
The IRCA Board are keen to ensure that the support and representation for the remote sector and media workers is not reduced in the process of expanding to a national peak body. Therefore, the changes will be made incrementally as IRCA has the resources to properly consult the sector and the capacity to take on the increased membership and workload. We look forward to working with everyone through this process in 2016. 
IRCA's office will be closed from 12 noon on Thursday 24th December and will re open on Monday 4 January 2016.
Best Wishes & Merry Christmas from all of us at IRCA

17th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival Pictorial

Festival Pictorial Magazine

The Festival Pictorial Magazine is available for download.


View the Festival Photos by official photographer Wayne Quilliam on this Flickr Page(link is external).

View more photos by IRCA and Festival Delegates (including photos of the Closing Night Concert) on this Flickr Page(link is external).


Visit the 2015 Remote Media Award Winners page for more information.


2015-2016 IRCA Board

IRCA's Annual General Meeting was held recently during the 17th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival at Lajamanu, NT. IRCA would like to congratulate and welcome new Board members Gilmore Johnston and Simon Fisher and also congratulate Gilmore on being elected IRCA Chair. Gilmore works with Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media(link is external) and has extensive experience in the remote Indigenous media industry. He has prevously worked with IRCA and is well known throughout remote Australia.

On being elected Chair, Gilmore had this to say:

“To my fellow media friends and family, as Chair or IRCA I look forward to working with a strong team alongside me. We will do our best to listen to the people who work tirelessly across our industry. We also welcome feedback from listeners and viewers of our media services across this great country. 

“A great change is happening in our industry. Now is the time to join the dots and celebrate our media - so our livelihoods, our Culture, our languages, our identity, and our way of life will be protected and remain strong forever.”

The IRCA Board and Staff would like to acknowledge and thank the previous Board, including retiring Board members Noel Heenan (PAW Media), Nelson Conboy, Brian Gordon (NG Media) and Shane White (PAW Media). We would also like to acknowledge outgoing Chair Tadam Lockyer for all his hard work over the past year during a time

of change in the industry. 

The 2015-2016 IRCA Board are as follows:

  • Gilmore Johnston -Chairperson (QRAM)
  • Sylvia Tabua - Secretary (TSIMA)
  • Bernard Namok - Treasurer (TEABBA)
  • Tadam Lockyer (Ngaarda Media / PA
  • KAM)
  • Annette Victor (PAKAM)
  • Karl Hampton (CAAMA)
  • Simon Fisher (PAW Media)

Remote Schools Attendance Radio Project

Ngaanyatjarra Media - Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access

The Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access (RIPIA) program delivers computer training and maintenance of existing public internet access equipment in remote Indigenous communities.

The RIPIA Ngaanyatjarra Lands project is a partnership between IRCA and Ngaanyatjarra Media and is funded by the Government of Western Australia Department of Regional Development

[read more]


Remote Media National Archiving Strategy

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With sector organisations holding fast deteriorating archives of culturally rich and historically valuable video content in old formats, IRCA is leading the development of a National Archiving Strategy in preparation for digitisation; and seeking funding partners for this important national work.

The key outcomes for 2015 are on our website.

Broadband for the Bush Forum V – 2016


Call for Abstracts

The Organisers of the 5th Annual Broadband for the Bush Forum
invite you to come with us on a series of

Digital Journeys

to be held in Brisbane
7th to 10th of June 2016 (final dates TBC).

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. [read more]

Other News

Music NT Survey 

“We’ve canvassed the Northern Territory music community to identify the big issues impacting their musical endeavors and satisfaction. We’ve collected responses from musicians to venue owners, music fans to teachers, promoters to label owners and everyone in between. MusicNT has listened and in 2016 we will deliver a program that focuses on reducing the disadvantages, increasing the connectivity and opportunities and celebrating the incredibly diverse and passionate NT music scene. Bring on 2016.”

[read more]

IRCA encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media organisations and practitioners to participate in the AFTRS Skills survey to ensure that AFTRS plays an active role in supporting the development of the Indigenous media industry. 

AFTRS is undertaking a comprehensive industry survey to provide insight into the training and talent development needs of the screen and broadcast sectors. AFTRS has a commitment to engaging and developing pathways into the industry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  
The AFTRS’ Skills Survey 2016: Industrial Strength will identify immediate priorities as well as signpost future needs and trends. They have set up a survey that can be quickly and easily completed online, and has options for both companies and individuals.

Black Spot

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The Government has committed $60 million under  Round 2 of the programme to provide new or upgraded mobile coverage to black spots in regional and remote Australia.

Locations you nominate will be added to a national database which will be provided to mobile operators as part of the competitive selection process.

If you have previously nominated a location which was not successful under Round 1, the location will remain in the database and be automatically eligible for consideration in the second round.

The competitive selection process is scheduled to begin in early 2016 and the successful Round 2 locations are expected to be announced by the end of 2016.

A map of mobile black spot locations and the locations which will receive new or upgraded coverage under the Programme is available on the National Map.

You can nominate a location by completing the black spot nomination form.

For more information visit the Mobile Black Spot Programme page.

Keeping Our Story: 30 Years of Indigenous Media

The NFSA’s former Oral History Program Coordinator Chris Guster shares a personal perspective on the early days of remote Indigenous media groups, which in just 30 years have grown from small pirate stations into national and international media organisations.

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Opportunity FOR Indigenous Filmmakers: Songlines on Screen 2


Indigenous production companies and media organisations are invited to apply to be part of the next ‘Songlines on Screen’ project. The first ‘Songlines on Screen’ project rolled out earlier this year, resulting in ten initial films of which six had their premiere at the Sydney Film Festival.
Based on the success of this first project, Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department together with NITV are pleased to announce the second Songlines on Screen initiative, and are looking for new talent.
The successful applicants will film and record a Songline or Songline segment from their region. The filming must incorporate the Song, Dance and Body Art of the ‘open story’ of the Songline.
The filming will result in a broadcast quality documentary, which will then be screened on NITV.
The applications must have written or video permission from the custodians of the Songline or Songline segment and must be willing to participate in the project.
Up to 10 applicants will receive funding to develop their documentary idea.
Successful applicants will be invited to a Residential Workshop in Darwin, 14-18 March (all expenses covered).
For more information on how to apply please:
Call Screen Australia on 1800 507 901
Applications for development close on 1 February 2016.
For more information or to book an interview, please call:
Tanith Glynn-Maloney
Development Investment Manager for Songlines on Screen 2
02 8113 1069



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