We undertook public programming surveys in June 2016 that targeted three different public programs that we ran: a Ghost Tour, our Eurovision Superfan party, and our Star Stories event. We received 54 survey responses, of which 48 recorded respondents being ‘satisfied’ or ‘highly satisfied’ with their overall experience. We will continue to conduct further public program surveys in 2016–17.
|Criterion source: Program 1.1, 2015–16 Portfolio Budget Statements page 377, 2015–16 Corporate Plan page 9,
cross-agency performance indicator
|Strategic Priority 1: A ‘living’ archive – for everyone
case study 3:
Helping Indigenous communities build capacity on country
In 2015 we partnered with the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) to offer two remote media and archive workers the opportunity to travel to the NFSA in Canberra to receive professional training.
The Indigenous Remote Archival Fellowship Program was designed to enable these workers to experience and learn from the experts responsible for developing and preserving Australia’s national audiovisual collection.
The program builds on the work undertaken by the NFSA, IRCA and other stakeholders in developing a national remote archiving strategy. Many Indigenous communities have their own audiovisual archives, particularly those across the deserts and top end of Australia. One of our strategic priorities is to help Indigenous communities build the capacity to manage their own cultural material on-country.
The successful fellows for this year were announced at the 17th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Lajamanu, Northern Territory, in October 2015. They were Sherika Nulgit (from Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture in Derby, in north-west Western Australia) and Shaun Angeles (from the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs).
Sherika and Shaun completed their fellowships in March 2016. They experienced each element of the NFSA’s functions and then each fellow selected an area of particular interest or relevance to their community to follow up on in greater detail.
During their time in Canberra, both Sherika and Shaun took the opportunity to connect with Indigenous cultural leaders at the National Museum of Australia for the Encounters conference. They also reviewed the collections at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). In addition, they visited the Sydney office to engage with our staff there and to explore training opportunities at Sydney University and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
The aim of the Indigenous Remote Archival Fellowship Program is to build and connect people working on-country with those working at the NFSA. This connection strengthens a greater appreciation of the benefits of shared learnings towards the management and preservation of cultural collections. For Shaun, whose work at the Strehlow Research Centre delivers immeasurable benefits to his community, a strong connection to the NFSA enhances his ability to perform his role. He believes the NFSA has a really special role in relation to cultural maintenance and preservation and that the program should be supported.
As Shaun says, “There are many young Indigenous people out there in cultural institutions and art centres and research centres in our communities all over Australia.For young people to have this same opportunity can only be a good thing.”
In 2016–17 the NFSA, IRCA, and AIATSIS will seek additional funding to extend this successful training initiative by one week.