Committed to Connecting Indigenous Communities
We acknowledge the traditional owners of our country and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders both past and present.
Supporting Indigenous Communities
Involved with the Remote Community Telecommunications program over the past 10 years
Australian Private Networks is Australia’s largest provider of satellite internet and a provider of community Wi-Fi in remote Indigenous communities. Through our involvement with the Remote Community Telecommunications program over the past 10 years, we have installed community Wi-Fi and community telephones in over 320 locations and support over 500 community telephones.
We have established effective working relationships with Indigenous Communities, delivering on our engagement strategy, focussed on consultation and co-operation through fully understanding the communities specific requirements.
Indigenous Employment and Supplier Use Plan
Our Indigenous Employment and Supplier Use Plan aims to increase our engagement for remote telecommunication services by promoting cultural awareness, increasing Indigenous employment opportunities, and building effective service relationships with local community and business representatives.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to gain qualifications and participate in professional development opportunities is a key focus of our strategy. With this in mind we are committed to employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and are continually looking to hire.
Connecting Tjuntjuntjara Community by listening to community challenges
During 2019, APN worked with the Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC) to provide the Tjuntjuntjara and Ilkurlka Communities in remote Western Australia with internal and external Wi-Fi coverage, including VOIP telephones, for 58 building and social areas throughout both communities.
Children’s use of the free Community phones was instant, feedback from the school principal was that children were sharing their phone extension numbers at school and calling each other as soon as their phone had been installed at home.
APN supports Indigenous Communities through various programs
Sponsorships vary from year to year and the purpose ranges from supplying uniforms for local football team to supporting a local event.
Community payback of data pin sales to local merchants.
Commitment to use local Indigenous owned businesses.
Darebin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
APN is an active member of the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee working in partnership with the Darebin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Committee provides APN with strategic advice and direction on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities, particularly in the Darebin region.