What is IDX?

What happens when digital technology is embraced by the world’s oldest living culture?  We believe the answer is Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX).

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) and the Telstra Foundation have forged an exciting partnership to unlock the opportunities the digital world can provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The IDX Initiative aims to strengthen Indigenous participation, practice and entrepreneurship in the digital economy including:

  • working with community to deliver compelling and engaging learning experiences that build the next generation of “digital making” skills
  • capacity and skills building for young Indigenous entrepreneurs.



The Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Initiative is a partnership between the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and the Telstra Foundation.

National Centre of Indigenous ExcellenceNational Centre of Indigenous Excellence

The NCIE exists to pursue an excellent Australia. One that is built on the foundation of the more than 40,000 years of innovation, adaptation and the survival of Australia’s first peoples.

Our aim is to liberate possibility and create opportunities for generations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders by delivering life-changing programs.

The NCIE is leading the national conversation about the legacy of excellence that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have and continue to practise in this country.

More about the NCIE, our vision and impact.

Telstra FoundationTelstra Foundation

The Telstra Foundation believes lives can be changed when great ideas connect with technology. It’s something the Foundation sees everyday. For over a decade, the Foundation has worked with community organisations with appetites for social innovation. The team works with partners to unlock digital potential so that all Australians—regardless of age, income, location, ability—enjoy the social and economic benefits of being connected.

Telstra has been a key supporter of Indigenous Digital Excellence with the NCIE, as the founding partner of the Community of Excellence Indigenous social network and co-creator of the 2013 IDEA Summit. This strong working relationship was amplified in 2013 with the Telstra Foundation’s commitment to work closely with the NCIE to support the development of the IDX Initiative, a partnership that includes a contribution of $5 million over 5 years.

More about the Telstra Foundation.