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Originally Published: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/100611

The Miles Government has announced significant funding for two new initiatives aimed at enhancing digital skills among First Nations innovators, business owners, and students. Unveiled by Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Innovation, The Honourable Leanne Linard, these initiatives mark a major step towards integrating First Nations communities into the digital economy.


The first initiative, the Yarrabah Innovation and Technology Hub, is set to provide comprehensive training in digital skills, including coding, programming, graphic design, and digital marketing. This hub aims to create local capability, enabling First Nations business owners and innovators to capitalise on digital opportunities, build wealth, and generate jobs within their communities. The hub’s curriculum will also cover digital safety and cybersecurity, ensuring that participants can navigate the digital world securely.


Designed in consultation with the Yarrabah Leaders Forum, the hub will offer foundational training in computer skills, call management, and software applications, alongside advanced digital training. This approach aims to transfer essential skills and knowledge, helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to establish and grow their businesses sustainably.


The second initiative, the Deadly Coders Program, targets 4,000 First Nations students across Queensland, offering them the chance to develop vital digital skills for future careers. Through eight workshops covering coding, design, robotics, app development, entrepreneurship, and cyber security, the program aims to ignite enthusiasm for STEM and digital technology, preparing students for tomorrow’s job market.


Jointly funded by the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation’s Deadly Innovation Strategy and Quantum Strategy, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group, these initiatives represent an investment of over $750,000 over two years.


Minister Leanne Linard highlighted the importance of these programs, stating, “The Miles Government is doing what matters for Queenslanders by investing in training opportunities which will give our young people the skills they need to obtain good jobs in the technology sector. These initiatives will give First Nations innovators, business owners, and students the skills they need for the jobs of the future.”


Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Bart Mellish, echoed these sentiments, expressing the government’s commitment to improving opportunities for First Nations communities to participate in the digital economy. Dr Darryl Murgha, Yarrabah Elder and founder of Deadly Cultural Services, and Grant Maher, CEO of Deadly Coders, both praised the initiatives for fostering growth and innovation within their communities.


These efforts align with Advance Queensland’s Deadly Innovation Strategy, which aims to increase economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through greater involvement in the innovation economy. By empowering First Nations innovators, these programs are set to make a lasting impact on Queensland’s digital landscape.


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