IRCA supports the industry to provide essential media and communications services to remote Indigenous people and communities.
1. REPRESENT: IRCA represents and promotes the interests and achievements of the remote Indigenous media and communications industry and remote Indigenous people. Based on effective industry consultation, IRCA advocates to Government on policy, program planning and Industry needs.
2. RESOURCE: IRCA seeks to promote capacity building and development of the remote Indigenous media industry; IRCA organises industry forums and events and provides appropriate services and projects in response to identified needs.
3. COMMUNICATE: IRCA communicates effectively with its membership, stakeholders and the broader public. IRCA is widely recognised as the representative body for remote Indigenous media and communications. IRCA uses online, print, radio and other communications forms to build industry networks and promote the outcomes of the industry.
4. MANAGE: IRCA conducts its peak body operations in line with good governance, transparent financial management and within a framework of best practice policies and procedures. IRCA has strong human resource capability and is committed to strategic fundraising and project development. IRCA is guided by direction from the Board and its Strategic Plan.
IRCA plays a critical role in addressing key industry issues: Indigenous employment and training, telecommunications & ICT access, NBN delivery, languages and cultural maintenance, remote content development, digital television and radio switchover to VAST, convergence and increasing remote take-up of mobile, smartphone and other ICTs.
IRCA plays a key role in organising the annual National Remote Indigenous Media Festival (NRIMF), as well as other industry events and forums. In recent times, IRCA has co-hosted the ‘Broadband for the Bush’ forum with Desert Knowledge Australia and advocated around issues relating to the Digital TV Switchover. IRCA co-hosts the NRIMF in a different region each year, recently with CAAMA at Ntaria NT (2013), QRAM at Bamaga QLD (2014) and PAW at Lajamanu, NT (2015).
IRCA consults with its membership through the annual Festival, industry and technical forums, quarterly Board meetings, and regular telephone and online communication. As well as Board meetings, IRCA also facilitates regular advisory group meetings of RIMO Managers, Board reps and industry experts. We hold at least one face-to-face advisory group meeting per year to enable knowledge sharing, industry planning and to identify industry needs and issues.
IRCA works closely with government and external stakeholders to provide a communication bridge between these organisations and the Remote Media Industry.