First Nations radio services are a well-known and respected source of essential information, news and stories for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
First Nations Media Australia’s Media Operations Manager, Jennifer Nixon, an Amnatyerr, Kaytetye and Alyawarr woman, said they keep an eye on what is changing in regions and communities by keeping up to date with Census data.
“Census data shows where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are and where communities are growing. We then look at whether people in that area have enough media services to keep them informed,” Jennifer said.
Jennifer wants Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to complete the Census so First Nations radio services can provide more targeted and relevant information to listeners across Australia.
Lucy-Ann Quartey is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with connections to the Badulgal and Meriam people and Assistant Director at the ABS Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.
She agrees community broadcasters play an important role in keeping listeners informed in some of the most remote parts of Australia.
“For example, broadcasters can let Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities hear about how and when to complete the Census, in their language,” Lucy-Ann said.
“Census data is used in many ways to benefit remote communities – that’s why it’s important for everyone to participate.
“We’re working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to make sure people who live in remote communities can take part and be counted.”
The next Census is on Tuesday 10 August. In remote areas, the Census is conducted over an extended period between July and August.
This is to allow time for remote teams to cover multiple communities and large areas, and conduct interviews with households as required.