National Year of Digital Inclusion Champions

We believe that Digital Inclusion is an important issue for all Australians and we're proud to have these champions giving their voice to spread the word about the National Year of Digital Inclusion.

Natalie Ahmat (NSW)

Natalie Ahmat was born in Canberra, and is a proud Indigenous woman of the Mudburra people in the Northern Territory and the Mabuiag Island mob from the Torres Strait.

Since 2008, Natalie has been the presenter of NITV News, Australia’s only dedicated Indigenous television news bulletin. Prior to this, she worked for ABC Australia, Channel Nine and Imparja National News.

She has pioneered NITV’s news reporting technologies by presenting live bulletins on the road from the heart of communities.

Natalie is the winner of a host of awards including: the MIMA Journalist of Year award in 2015 and a nomination for Best Television News category at the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards in 2011 for NITV News. 

David Bartlett (TAS)

David Bartlett, is an Australian former politician, serving as the 43rd Premier of Tasmania from 2008 until 2011. He brings a unique perspective to discussions about broadband, innovation, commercialisation and the future of government service delivery and is passionate about ensuring that all Australians are given the opportunity to build their digital skills and confidence.

Nan Bosler (NSW)

Nan Bosler is the President of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA). Nan feels strongly that learning is a lifelong experience and was over 50 when she first went to University. She now has five tertiary qualifications. Nan is committed to ensuring that everyone can get the most out of technology.

Terri Butler MP (QLD)

Terri Butler MP is the federal Labour Member for Griffith, Queensland. Prior to being elected as the member for Griffith in 2014, Terri was a lawyer and a principal of the national law firm Maurice Blackburn, where she established and led the Queensland Employment and Industrial Law Section.

Teresa Corbin (NSW)

Teresa Corbin is a co-founder of ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers. Ms Corbin worked in various roles at Consumers’ Telecommunications Network (CTN) before taking on the role there of CEO from 2003 to 2009. She has 20 years of experience in telecommunications policy and her community sector work spans a 25-year period and includes strong ties with consumer groups both nationally and internationally. Teresa is a director on the International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG). She was appointed to the role of ACCAN CEO in 2010 and currently sits on many industry and government bodies including the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Board, the ACMA Consumer Consultative Forum and the NSW Information Privacy Advisory Committee.

Brad Howarth (VIC)

Brad Howarth has spent the last 20 years studying the evolution of the information technology industry and its impact on Australian business and society. He is passionate believer in the importance of technology to Australian society and the need to ensure equity of access. 

Senator Scott Ludlam (WA)

Senator Scott Ludlam is an Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia. Elected in November 2007, he is one of eleven Australian Greens in the current Parliament and is the spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Communications, Nuclear Issues, Housing and Sustainable Cities. 

Cassie McCullagh (NSW)

Cassie McCullagh is a keen media observer, a TV addict and is often found lurking in dark corners of social media and the web.  Cassie spent more than 15 years as a magazine writer and newspaper journalist. She was a staff writer at Good Weekend magazine and a senior newspaper features writer with Fairfax’s Illawarra Mercury.

Since joining the ABC in 2007 she has presented and produced a wide range of programs for Radio National, Local Radio, Classic FM and Digital Extra.

She has been executive producer of RN’s extensive broadcasts of the Sydney Writers Festival for the past two years, and of the 2011 TEDx Sydney event. She has also co-ordinated a number of RN’s multi-platform projects including the Beyond Seven Billion and McLuhan Centenary projects.

Pino Migliorino (NSW)

Pino Migliorino is a leading expert on multicultural society. He has worked extensively with governments, corporates and community groups. Pino has over 30 years involvement with and expertise in immigration and multicultural community affairs, including welfare, the arts and the Italian community. Professionally, Pion is the Managing Director of the Cultural Perspectives Group which includes Cultural Perspectives CIRCA Research and DiverseWerks.  

Laurie Patton (NSW & ACT)

Laurie is the CEO of Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users. He believes in the need to build our economic and social future around a connected world where everyone has access to the internet and knows how to use it. 

Jane Prentice MP (QLD)

Jane Prentice MP is Member of the Australian House of Representatives since August 2010, representing the seat of Ryan for the Liberal National Party of Queensland. 

Anne Marie Schwirtlich (ACT)

Anne Marie Schwirtlich has been Director-General of the National Library since 2011. She has extensive experience in the libraries, archives and museums sector, at both national and state levels.

David Spriggs (VIC)

David Spriggs is the CEO of Infoxchange and has over 20 years of experience working in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and the role technology can play in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector.

Andrew Walduck (VIC)

Andrew Walduck is the executive General Manager Trusted eCommerce Solutions and responsible for the creation, operation and expansion of Australia Post products and services, trusted by Australians to connect people, business and governments to each other and the world.

Andrew is also executive sponsor of Australia’s Post’s digital literacy program, which aims to help raise awareness of digital inclusion at all levels of society and equip Australians with knowledge, skills and solutions needed to participate in the digital world. Andrew’s expertise lies in using technology to provoke business change, building valued business relationships, and leading transformational programs to help organisations reinvent business models based on digital products and services.