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First Nation Connecting

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Purpose

Together with our strategic partners, Nallawilli Technology has a strong passion to create equalisation of access to services across States and Territories, for First Nation and disadvantaged communities.


Utilising leading communication technology, First Nation Connecting will enable remote and socially disadvantaged communities (First Nation and non-First Nation) to connect via video, web and audio to “sit down and listen to one another” (the meaning of the word Nallawilli). To facilitate ease of access, First Nation Connecting will invest in existing infrastructure such as community health centres, education institutions and other community organisations.


Irrespective of whether you are a government organisation, a private business, or living in rural or remote areas, there will no longer be a question of marginalisation. First Nation Connecting will facilitate a central place for all members of the community, local government agencies, community organisations, and the private sector to connect via secure technology. Additionally, the technology will facilitate connections via any mobile devices from the home – PC, laptop, iPad, Android, etc.


First Nation Connecting is a collaborative approach that assists with closing the digital and social divide. The equalisation of access ensures an individual’s geographic location is not the primary inhibitor for causing a disconnection from metropolitan services, resources, employment, medical and other opportunities.

How will we achieve this?

In today’s current technological environment, we can bridge gaps in service delivery and collaboratively work together as a community across a wide range of areas such as, Telehealth, cultural education, disability services, child protection and employment opportunities.


First Nation Connect is based on a collaborative approach across the entire First Nation communities. First Nation communities and Nallawilli Technology's Strategic partners will collectively work together to provide a digital hub for the First Nation community to connect to. Nallawilli Technology and our Strategic partners will provide the devices for rooms, the cloud connection service, and the training for how to use it.


The initial focus for First Nation Connecting will be in remote, rural or disadvantaged areas that would benefit from improved access to services such as;

 

  • Education to improve rates of literacy and numeracy,and school retention
  • Health services, child and adolescent services
  • Domestic and family violence support services
  • Mental health services
  • Employment training, engagement and increasing employment outcomes
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Nallawilli commissioned painting “First Nation Connecting” from the
talented artist Murray “Murrajuaiie” Belford of Pitta Pitta Nation.

Where will First Nation Connecting be located?

The initial focus for First Nation Connecting will be rural and remote areas where there is currently limited access to services. There will be a strong focus on ensuring members of the community have the ability to virtually connect and remove any social disadvantage that is related to locality, lack of access to public transport, mobility challenges, financial hardship, cultural considerations.


What technology will First Nation Connecting provide?

First Nation Connecting is compliant with data sovereignty requirements. Nallawilli holds all data, infrastructure and connections within hubs physically located in Australia – nothing ever leaves the shores of our beautiful country. First Nation Connecting will ensure safe and secure communication and have a strong focus on protecting security of data. Importantly, Nallawilli has a policy of 100% First Nation employment for all new expansion roles in the business. First Nation Connecting will ensure an equalisation in cost and access to the latest technology for:

  • Video – secure high definition face-to-face communication.
  • Web – secure content and presentation sharing.
  • Audio – high definition audio from a variety of joining methods – phone, PC, webbrowser, Lync.

First Nation Connecting

Bridging Gaps through Collaboration Connections;


  • First Nation Connecting will provide a safe and secure gateway that will enable ‘whole of community’ connection and communication.
  • First Nation Connecting will grow within the community and utilise existing infrastructure e.g. Community Health centres, community houses, libraries and educational institutions.
  • Collaboratively, First Nation Connecting will engage local business, local government and global strategic partners to provide free access to the current technology services and provide technical knowledge to our community.
  • Working collectively, we will provide the community with a digital centre that caters for all levels of digital literacy, ensures ease of access, ease of use, ongoing commitment to training and support.
  • First Nation Connecting will equalise access to technology and consequently access to services that previously may not have been available. Provision of access to services will empower members of the community to be self-sufficient, and reduce reliance on social and community services.

Benefits for First Nation Connecting

Communities for the future

As technology and society changes, so does the way we need to connect as a community. First Nation Connecting provides a basis to prevent a divide between those who have IT access and those who do not. Community participation and community health must incorporate the social needs of all its members. Taking a collaborative approach to connecting ensures that we continue to grow equally and ensure there is not a disparity between generations in relation to their digital literacy and participation.

Improved education retention, literacy & numeracy

Over 44% of all Australian adults have less than functional literacy levels. First Nation Connecting will provide the community with improved digital solutions to positively influence education outcomes by providing a means for students to interact and participate with various educational institutions. This access will increase engagement, participation and reduce the gap in First Nation and non-First Nation school attendance and retention.

Social inclusion

First Nation Connecting will provide local communities with safe, reliable services that enable greater choices and access to services. First Nation Connecting will equalise access to services that previously may not have been available in rural and remote areas.

 

Equalisation of services

First Nation Connecting will equalise the distribution of costs associated with local business processes (e.g. travel costs), reduce duplication of effort, and enhance communication to business and communities, for example, on-line discussion groups, interactive conferences, interactive tutorials and shared portals.


Contributing to employment outcomes

According to The Forrest Review (Commonwealth of Australia 2014), there is a “30-point gap in employment outcomes between First Nation and other Australians”. The ability to connect and communicate provides an opportunity to stimulate growth and employment from within the local community. In addition, First Nation Connecting is a conduit for providing Jobseekers access to services.

 

Enhancing Health Systems through IT solutions:

The provision of appropriate digital services creates a cost effective opportunity to reach the wider health community.

Supporters of First Nation Connecting

We thank our committed sponsors