Australian Embassy

Indigenous Australian Innovator Visits Indonesia

Media Release

9 July 2018

Indigenous Australian innovator and social entrepreneur Julie-ann Lambourne will visit Indonesia this week to share her experiences with innovation communities in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali.

Ms Lambourne is a Torres Strait Islander woman using the power of innovation and digital technology to help disadvantaged communities in Australia to overcome adversity. Ms Lambourne is CEO of Cairns-based enVizion Group, an Indigenous owned and operated business.

enVizion designed and developed the world’s first Virtual Reality Training Bus, which allows indigenous communities in remote parts of Northern Australia to access vocational training in new and innovative ways.

Ms Lambourne also co-founded D:HIVE, a digital innovation hub designed to assist disadvantaged groups to actively participate in the digital economy.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan said the digital sector is a growing area of cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. Earlier this year, the Australian and Indonesian governments held the first Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum, which brought together digital stakeholders from both countries.

“Ms Lambourne’s visit builds on the success of the Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum,” Mr Quinlan said. “Her work exemplifies the power of digital technology and innovation to address inequality.”

Ms Lambourne’s visit takes place during National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, a time when Australians celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“I am particularly pleased to welcome Ms Lambourne to Indonesia during NAIDOC Week, which this year focuses on the rich contribution indigenous women make to Australian life as leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and advocates,” Mr Quinlan said.

During her visit, Ms Lambourne will meet Indonesian digital innovators and social entrepreneurs, visit innovation hubs and present at the Indonesia Development Forum (10-11 July).

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