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The National IDX Strategy and the IDX Initiative are focused on strengthening participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that have access to digital technologies. Access is a precursor to IndigenousDX, and is therefore critically important.
While at the NCIE we don’t like to focus on ‘divides’, ‘deficits’, ‘gaps’ or ‘disadvantage’, that does not mean we do not acknowledge their existence. We recognise the impact that lack of affordable online connectivity has on the ability of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to benefit from digital participation, especially in remote and rural communities.
Because of this we strongly advocate for equitable access for all Australians, regardless of location or cultural heritage.
Our research and work to date highlights that even when access is available Australia’s First Peoples are not benefiting from digital technologies to the same degree as other Australians. This research also suggests that investments in strengthening participation in particular will result in significant benefits for our people. This is why the National IDX Strategy and the IDX Initiative are focused on this goal.
Our activities are focused on establishing programs and supporting infrastructure that strengthen Indigenous participation in the digital economy. This means we don’t directly fund specific projects. We do, however, support social innovators in developing their ideas to the point where they can seek funding from other sources (such as business accelerators, grant funding bodies, angel investors etc.). We may also be able to assist individuals or groups with governance and auspicing of funds from grant funding bodies.