Abstract: This submission aims to draw further attention to interlinkages between the NIAA’s policy work around digital inclusion and the rollout of social policies (including by the NIAA and Department of Education, Skills and Employment [DESE]) that affect as well as demand digital inclusion, and which disproportionately impact Indigenous peoples and communities. We also seek to draw greater attention to the importance of Indigenous data sovereignty regarding the NIAA’s call for further data on Indigenous digital inclusion — something that the NIAA Discussion Paper does not address. As the scope of the NIAA’s Digital Inclusion Plan is regional and remote Australia, our predominant focus here is on the impacts of social policies in these areas. However, we also acknowledge that some of the policies we refer to operate Australia wide and thus also affect those living in urban areas.
Altman, Jon, Klein, Elise, Markham, Francis, Staines, Zoe, 2021, Submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Remote Engagement Program) Bill 2021, Hearing, viewed 21 February 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=28588.