Country, Culture, People, Future

April 2021

Regional WA Talent showcased in WAM’S Sounds of the Mid West recording compilation.

Posted: April 12th, 2021

West Australian Music (WAM) have officially released of Sounds of The Mid West, the fourteenth compilation album from WAM’s regional recording program

The album is the first compilation album to emerge from the Yamatji region, recorded on Yamatji Country. It features acts ranging from 18 to 87 years old, five First Nations artists, and eight artists’ offering their debut releases. Sounds of The Mid West will be officially launched with all ten acts performing in a live showcase at Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton on Friday 16 April.

If you can’t make the launch, Sounds of The Mid West is available on all digital streaming platforms from Friday April 9, with a limited-edition physical CD package featuring the artwork ‘Inktober Day 29’ by local Geraldton visual artist Jane Barndon.







Website domain name licensing rules updated to include Indigenous corporations

Posted: April 7th, 2021

The .au Domain Administation (auDA) has updated the eligibility criteria for registering website domains, for the first time specifying Indigenous corporations under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) (CATSI Act) on their list of eligible organisation categories.

Prior to the updated licensing rules, which come into effect from 12 April 2021, Indigenous corporations under the CATSI Act were able to register for websites, but were not yet specified as an eligible organisation category. The updated rules mean the registration process for Indigenous corporations, including Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) and Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate (RNTBCs), is now clearer.

The updated definitions include the following new additions to the list of eligible organisation categories:

  • Indigenous corporations
  • Co-operatives
  • Registered state and territory political parties; and
  • Government, being either the Crown or a Commonwealth, State or Territory statutory agency.

In addition to specifying Indigenous corporations as eligible, the new licensing rules now exclude unincorporated associations from registering for website domains – unless the association is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission’s (ACNC) Register of Charities.

By tightening the eligibility for domain registration, auDA hope to improve the integrity of the and overall .au ccTLD space, and continue building trust and confidence in .au namespaces.

To read more about the changes and see the full list of eligible organisation categories, visit the auDA website here:

View the full .au Domain Registration Rules – Licensing document here:

Have your say at Indigenous Voice in person consultation sessions

Posted: April 6th, 2021

New community consultation sessions for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament initiative are now open for registration on the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) website, and the deadline for submissions has been extended until 30 April, 2021.

Feedback from the community consultations and submissions will assist the Indigenous Voice co-design groups as they prepare their final recommendations to the Australian Government. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to share advice and input on matters that are important to the continuing empowerment of Indigenous communities.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendee numbers are strictly limited and only attendees who register prior to the event will be allowed into the venues.

To register for the community consultation sessions, visit the NIAA’s Indigenous Voice website:

Port Hedland

April 13 at 5pm

April 14 at 9:30am


April 15 at 11am


April 20 at 2pm

April 20 at 6pm

Summaries from previous public consultation sessions are available here.

A list of current submissions from people and organisations who have agreed to have their feedback published is available here.

For more information about the Indigenous Voice proposals and co-design process, visit the NIAA website.