In 2015, Telstra and the Northern Territory Government signed an infrastructure co-investment agreement to expand telecommunications infrastructure across the Northern Territory, serving more remote communities with mobile and fixed broadband services. To help ensure that this infrastructure makes a real and positive difference, Telstra requested First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) submit a proposal for the delivery of an Indigenous digital mentor project in these remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Northern Territory communities.
inDigiMOB commenced in 2016 with a pilot program partnering with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in Arlparra and with Tangentyere Council in four Alice Springs town camps (Karnte, Hidden Valley, Trucking Yards and Larapinta Valley). In 2017, PAW Media and Communications became a partner delivering the inDigiMOB program in Yuendumu and Yuelamu.
Throughout 2017, 2018 and into 2019 inDigiMOB has extended its digital inclusion program to additional remote Northern Territory communities. Through a partnership with ARDS inDigiMOB now also operates in four East Arnhem Land communities (Ramingining, Yurrwi (Milingimbi), Gapuwiyak, and Nhulunbuy). Through a partnership with Anindilyakwa Land Council inDigiMOB is operating on Groote Eylandt in Angurugu and Umbakumba. Also inDigiMOB has extended its activities to work with additional town camps in Alice Springs (Charles Creek, Little Sisters, and Warlpiri Camp).
inDigiMOB is also delivering outreach workshops and activities to other NT communities. To date these have included Lajamanu, Nyirripi, Willowra, Ntaria, and Timber Creek.