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JOINT MEDIA REALASE: Minister Simon Crean and Minister Julie Collins Stars of the blockbuster Australian film The Sapphires have joined Arts Minister Simon Crean and Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister Julie Collins to launch a new work and training program that will create jobs for Indigenous Australians. Mr Crean and Ms Collins today joined stars Jessica Mauboy and Deborah Mailman at the Parliament House theatre to announce details of Screen Australia’s two year Media RING Indigenous Employment Strategy. The $1.1 million work and training program will create 40 new jobs for Indigenous Australians in sectors including newspapers, new media, film and television. Mr Crean said The Sapphires was a great example of the incredible Indigenous screen talent in Australia, but more needed to be done to strengthen Indigenous representation in the media sector. “The new employment program will help train and guide a new generation of Indigenous media professionals, whether they are on screen or in the media,” Mr Crean said. “Australia is home to the oldest living culture on earth, but it is producing some of the most exciting new art forms on the planet. “By investing to create new Indigenous employment opportunities in the media and screen industries, we’re not only diversifying workplaces, but investing in protecting and sharing our culture with many generations to come. “This program also reflects the development of our National Cultural Policy, which will be released later this year.” Ms Collins said Screen Australia received funding through the Government’s $650 million Indigenous Employment Program to run the employment strategy. “The initiative will create more diverse workplaces that will reflect and help share Australia’s rich Indigenous heritage,” Ms Collins said. “The talent is there – but what has been missing has been a large enough core of Indigenous people trained to work in the media industries. “With the announcement of this program, there is now a focus on investing in Indigenous employment opportunities across all sectors of the media industry. “A review last year recommended establishing an Indigenous employment strategy for the industry and the Australian Government has worked with Media RING and its members to make this strategy a reality. “It is through strong partnerships like this one with Media RING that we will help to close the gap,” Ms Collins said. Media RING is made up of more than 40 broadcasters, government media agencies, Indigenous organisations, trade associations, media buyers and newspaper groups. Current members include the ABC, SBS, Foxtel and News Limited. Chair of Media RING, Susanne Larson, said the strength of the strategy is signified by the diverse opportunities on offer – from film and television to newspapers and new media. “The strategy will include tailored training for each individual, and will look at the long-term growth of the sector beginning in schools and including workplace culture and mentoring.” The Sapphires is a film inspired by the true story of an all-girl Aboriginal group sent to Vietnam in the heady days of 1968 to entertain the troops. Mr Crean congratulated the filmmakers and cast of The Sapphires for their box office success in Australia and overseas. “I congratulate the film’s director Wayne Blair, producer Rosemary Blight, writers Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson and the stars on the acclaim the film has received not only in Australia, but at the Cannes International Film Festival,” he said. “I was pleased to hear the recent news that The Sapphires will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.” Erica Glynn, Head of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department said Screen Australia is a very committed and active player in creating talent development opportunities for Indigenous people. “This initiative will contribute to creating an Indigenous labour force that paves the way for a sustainable media industry inclusive of Indigenous Australians. We are pleased to be partnering with Media RING to administer this important program,” Ms Glynn said. Further information is available at: Media contacts: Glen Atwell (Mr Crean) 0403 949 599 or Joe Scavo (Ms Collins) 0409 679 924 Screen Australia’s 2012 Indigenous reel is available for broadcast use upon request. To view the clip visit:  

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The First National Indigenous Corporate Network Meeting

The First National Indigenous Corporate Network Meeting
DCA in partnership with Reconciliation Australia launched the National Indigenous Corporate Network in 2011 and invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in Corporate Australia to join the network at its next meeting on 22 March in Sydney.The National Indigenous Corporate Network’s focus is to create dialogue and networking opportunities among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in corporate Australia, promote career and talent development opportunities and give an increased presence and profile for Indigenous people working in Australia’s corporate sector.DCA are delighted to announce the first meeting of this new network for 2012 will explore what recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution means for business, with presentations from the following speakers:
  • Lauren Ganley, General Manager, National Indigenous Directorate, Telstra Country Wide
  • Dr Megan Davies, Professor of Law and Director, Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law
  • Nareen Young, CEO, Diversity Council Australia.

Date: Thursday 22 March 2012
Where: Telstra, Level 4, 400 George Street, SYDNEY
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm AEDT

Who can attend:
National Indigenous Corporate Network members only (see below)Who is eligible for network membership:
The National Indigenous Corporate Network is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who work in a corporate organisation that is a DCA member and/or has a current Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Annual membership fees apply. For more information or to become a member, please contact Amber Roberts, DCA on 02 9035 2834 or email

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Thursdays from 2 February at 8.30pm on ABC1

Follows the fortunes of a family who happen to be on the wrong side of the law. Their turf is Far North Queensland and the complex network of islands that form Australia’s northern frontier: the Torres Strait. Bordered to the north by a developing nation on the verge of becoming a failed state, and to the south by a rich first-world country, the Straits is a porous membrane for contraband – wildlife, drugs, weapons and illegal immigrants. In short, it’s a crime paradise.

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FOXTEL: WHO WE ARE on anniversary of the National Apology

MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WHO WE ARE on anniversary of the National Apology
To mark the anniversary of the Australian Government’s Apology to Australia’s First Nations
Peoples and the Stolen Generations – FOXTEL’s Bio channel will premiere the second part of
the award-winning local production WHO WE ARE, highlighting inspiring stories of Indigenous sports men and women.

The one-hour locally produced documentary special will premiere on Bio at Monday, February
13 at 8.30pm.
Through the lens of some of the world’s greatest sporting achievers including Anthony
Mundine, Mark Ella, Phil Krakouer, Nova Peris, Kyah Simon and Des Abbott, WHO WE ARE
IN SPORT is a close-up look at some of the best known Indigenous Australian role models.
Along with their struggles, sacrifices and legacies, they also reveal to us their dreams for the
future of their sports, and their hopes for Indigenous Australians in all walks of life.
The first series of WHO WE ARE, aired across 25 of FOXTEL’s mainstream channels in 2010,
and went on to win a host of awards including 10 Awards at the New York Festivals 2011
World’s Best Television & Films, including a coveted Grand Award.
The series also won the 2011 ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Documentary.
As Australia’s biggest subscription television broadcaster, invited into more than 1.66 million
homes and with around 6 million viewers tuning in each week, FOXTEL has a powerful
platform from which to contribute to reconciliation.

WHO WE ARE IN SPORT marks the second production in a three-part creative strategy and
complements FOXTEL’s other activities, which include:

  • Broadcasting National Indigenous Television (NITV) nationally since 2007
  • Providing indigenous traineeships and career opportunities
  • Founding the Media Reconciliation Industry Network Group (RING)

FOXTEL is also a major sponsor of The Dreaming Festival, Australia’s International
Indigenous Festival.
In 2011, FOXTEL published its third RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) – all our RAPs can be
found online at

WHO WE ARE IN SPORT was produced by Bearcage, exclusive to Bio.

For more information please contact:

Jessica Collins I FOXTEL Corporate Affairs
02 9813 7607 /

Victoria Richards I FOXTEL Publicity

02 9813 7333


FOXTEL is Australia’s leading subscription television provider and is connected to over 1.66 million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL strives to ensure subscribers find TV they want to watch every time they switch on through delivery of more than 200 channels covering news, sport, general entertainment, movies, documentaries, music and children’s programming. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Consolidated Media Holdings Ltd (25%).

Industry Employment Tips and Tricks: Getting that job!

Getting that Job!
Landing a successful job interview can be one of the hardest but rewarding acivements a persons life, especially when your just starting out in your chosen filed of employment. Not only do you have to compete against twenty, thirty or even fifty other great applications but you also may have to be willing to move away from family and loved ones, this can have an effect on your performance in the job interview. We thought the best way to help in getting that job and keeping focused when your in an interview was to ask industry experts who have been about the block and get them to share their knowledge and experiences.Earlier this week I spoke to an industry expert from the ABC who not only an expert on Indigenous Employment in the media industry and has been in the industry for many years. Paul Brant is the Indigenous Employment Coordinator at ABC and has a massive task in establish strategies and programs to improve and increase Indigenous employment at the ABC on a national scale. Paul has kindly shared his top five industry tips for getting that job.

Paul Brant: Top Five Tips 

Tip 1:  Research the job your applying for
It’s a key requirement – find out about the organisation, the workplace culture, the structure of the company – read annual reports, search the internet. Know what you are applying for and how this can benefit your career. The more you know about a company the more you can use this at an interview.

Tip 2:  Make your resume stand out 
Your resume is a preview to YOU – I have seen many resumes that do not sell the individual in question and a format is followed. Make your resume standout – there is only 1 YOU – your resume is like a preview to a movie, a bad preview means you don’t go and the see the movie – a resume is the same.

Tip 3: Know your strength and weaknesses
Don’t be afraid to sell your skills and abilities – this needs to shine through not only at a job interview but any resume and application made in relation to a job.

Tip 4: Check your personal referees and what they say about you 
Tips On many occasions I have contacted referees supplied by a job seeker and I have been given a very negative image of the person in question. If you are supplying referees be sure that they will add value to your claims for a position, not destroy them.

Tip 5: Always be early for an interview 
I think it is an essential requirement – if you are at least 20 minutes early for an interview it displays your keenness for the position and your ability to meet deadlines – ensure you cover all the issues that can occur with getting to a job interview. My experience has been that if you are late to an interview your chances of getting the job have all but vanished.

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Black Pearls Diploma of Screen and Media

This course is a screen industry development and production system merged with a Diploma of Screen & Media (formerly Certificate IV), designed to develop the capacity of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander filmmakers  to tell their own stories and to build sustainable careers in the industry

Application Deadline: 5pm, March 30th, 2012

Call Lisa or Tom at QPIX for any questions and they will help you with applying. Phone 07-3848 8000 or email or