TAFE Western Coordinator Education Products and Services Kylie Tarleton has described participating in the National Indigenous Digital Excellence Summit (IDX) in Sydney recently as a career highlight and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Mrs Tarleton was one of 40 people chosen from across the country to attend the summit, with a focus on writing a National Indigenous Excellence Strategy that encapsulated five priorities; improving digital excellence and innovation in education, employment, entrepreneurship, social/health and Culture.
“The experience was amazing. Firstly to be involved in writing a national strategy and be able to give our thoughts to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was a ground breaking moment in history,” she said.
“For Aboriginal people to be involved in writing their own strategy and the Prime Minister to say he will personally support and give funding to support the strategy and the roll-out of the strategy - well we have come a long way from the past.
“Attending the summit really was a great experience. I got to meet and network with many people from all walks of life.”
Mrs Tarleton said the implementation of the strategy would benefit all Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Australia in all industry areas as the outcomes would open access to services, create employment, lessen the gap in digital literacy and more.
“It will help close the gap in access to services and barriers that are presented in all areas due to technology being a key aspect of all of our lives,” she said.
“Some of what the strategy will do is create jobs, support the creation of small business, roll out training programs within rural and remote communities to all age groups, and allow aspirations for Aboriginal peoples to be the builders and inventors of technology rather than just users.”
Mrs Tarleton said she had been asked to continue working on the strategy to its final stages, with a particular focus on the education area.