Remote Indigenous Media Organisations

The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group to be allocated a broadcasting license. The Aboriginal people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an association regulated under the Incorporations Act , and its objectives focus on the social, cultural and economic advancement of Aboriginal peoples.

It has a clear mandate to promote Aboriginal culture, language, dance, and music while generating economic benefits in the form of training, employment and income generation. CAAMA produces media products that engenders pride in Aboriginal culture, while informing and educating the wider community of the richness and diversity of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

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NG Media is a thriving indigenous-owned media organisation supporting 15 remote communities in the Western Desert region of Western Australia.

Ng Media has a simple vision; to empower Yarnangu to create their own stories through multi media. We believe in working alongside each other, to learn, to create, to face the challenges, resolve the issues, and enjoy the adventure together.

Ng Media is a place to have a voice, to share a story, to invigorate your brothers and sisters, to live your dreams.

We are a Yarnangu Corporation that employs over 35 Yarnangu workers and are looking to employ many more. We have a solid, talented and dedicated team of 8 Producers, Coordinators, Directors, and Managers from around Australia that are here to share their skills and passion for media with the Yarnangu people. We have 14 members of our Board of Directors who take a keen interest in everything we produce and every project we embark on.

Ngaanyatjarra Media is where the gap between cultures is filled with stories created together to share as far as we can send them.

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PAKAM aims to develop culturally relevant media production and broadcast services by, and for remote indigenous communities in the north west of Western Australia.

We operate a satellite delivered community radio network, retransmitted in over twenty remote communities, provide technical advice and services,  and deliver training and production support to our members.

PAKAM is an association of indigenous media producers and broadcasters in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia. Our members operate thirteen BRACS (Broadcasting for Remote Aboriginal Communities Scheme) community television and radio stations and six larger town-based community radio stations.

The PAKAM Radio Network provides a satellite-delivered regional service from the network hub in Broome, switching programme feeds brought by phone line and digital CODEC from fourteen member stations and sending them by lease line to the Optus C1 satellite uplink at Imparja Television in Alice Springs. This service enables the sharing of news,information, special broadcast events, music and stories by all the indigenous radio stations in the region and is retransmitted full time in over 20 remote communities, scattered over a million square kilometres, with a total population in excess of 7,000.

PAKAM radio programmes can also be picked up and retransmitted by other indigenous networks around the country – we supply 16 hours per week to the National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS). The hugely popular “Mary Geddardyu Show” goes right across Australia through the NIRS and PAW radio networks every Wednesday night.

RIBS operators also make and broadcast their own television programmes in their own communities with digital cameras and iMovie computer edit facilities. 

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PAW Media and Communications (aka Warlpiri Media) have been creating TV, radio and music in the remote Aboriginal community of Yuendumu for over 25 years. Working with local people in language and according to cultural protocols they create unique Aboriginal media productions.

PAW Media and Communications is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated under the NT Associations Act.  Established in 1983 as Warlpiri Media Association they took on the trading name PAW Media and Communications in 2006 to reflect their services to other language groups in the Tanami region

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PY Media started as Ernabella Video and Television (EVTV) in the early 1980s in Ernabella community (Pukatja), north-western South Australia. EVTV was initiated as a way to curb the saturation of commercial TV services with the launch of AUSAT. EVTV became the place to go to document or record culture or anything that was of interest to the individual.

In 1987 members of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands decided that it was necessary to develop the same services provided by EVTV in all communities across the APY Lands. PY Media was incorporated as the regional body to assist communities to develop their own community media centres. In the mid 1990s PY Media moved out of Ernabella to Umuwa to set up a regional office that enabled fair representation for all communities on the APY Lands.

Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media we record stories, interviews and meetings, produce and record music and run Radio 5NPY broadcasting across the APY Lands. All are designed to keep Anangu informed of the work of organisations on the APY Lands and the world around us and to keep people happy with a diverse collection of music and other audio content for broadcast on the radio. PY Media also provide audio and text translation services.

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Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media (QRAM) is a non-profit Aboriginal Corporation and is one of eight Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMO’s) in Australia.

Based in Cairns, QRAM provides a range of services to radio stations in the remote Queensland communities of Aurukun, Doomadgee, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Mornington Island, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area (NPA), Pormpuraaw, Woorabinda and Wujal Wujal. These stations are funded under the Remote Indigenous Broadcast Services scheme and are often called RIBS stations, or their original name, BRACS services. The name BRACS comes from the original scheme that enabled them to be set up in the 1980 and 1990′s.  Many people in communities still call their station BRACS.

QRAM’s services are ‘tailor-made’ to the requirements of each individual station, include training, technical support, general administrative support, representation of the region to Government and Broadcasting Industry bodies, assistance with licensing including renewals, and secretariat support.  QRAM specialises in finding innovative solutions to the many challenges faced by broadcasters in remote areas, including the Black Star service you can read about here.

QRAM Aboriginal Corporation was formed in 2006/2007, becoming fully operational in July 2007. Our services were sorely needed as Queensland RIBS had received minimal support over the previous 7 years, with the demise of the previous co-ordinating body, RIMAQ, in 1999.

Since the formation of QRAM, there has been a revitalisation of broadcasting activities in remote Queensland and stations that had been dormant have ‘dusted themselves off’ and are back providing an essential service to their communities.

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TEABBA Media Services, is a Not for Profit organisation which Project Objectives are to provide operational support for the 29 remote Indigenous broadcasting units in Aboriginal communities across the Top End of Australia. These Units are called Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Service (RIBS). These units house the radio and television electronic equipment.

These services are available through a satellite system. Most RIBS have an operator who does local radio shows in their community. These shows are often in language, relaying community announcements, interviewing visiting Government departments, weather and involving the school children.

However, most of these communities have the ability to broadcast both in their own community as well as patching into the TEABBA Network allowing the RIBS operator to broadcast across the 29 Remote Communities across the Top End of Australia. These Network shows are hosted in English and Language. Some of these shows are used for National and international distribution.

More recently, TEABBA has been involved in the development of Film and Television, increasing the opportunities of Indigenous Australians to maintain and appreciate their language and culture through this technology. Successful projects have been completed such as the “Yarning Up” thrusting several remote Indigenous filmmakers into the International spotlight, after being entered into film festivals all over the world. Positive outcomes from basic, but crucial training workshops hosted by TEABBA are still continuing from the support, as some of these filmmakers are now generating income on other assorted film projects.

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The Torres Strait Islander Media Association (TSIMA - 4MW) is situated of the coast of Cape York Peninsula are the beautiful Torres Strait Islands, home to 4MW, one of Australia s leading Indigenous Radio Stations. 80 per cent of the programs are produced in the Torres Strait Creole language.

The Torres Strait Islander Media Association (TSIMA), the organisation behind Radio 4MW, was set up on Thursday Island to give the local community an opportunity to have a voice, share their culture and to educate and inform Indigenous and non Indigenous people of the positive aspects of Indigenous people and culture.

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