The Federal Government and all state and territory Energy Ministers have agreed to the co-design of a First Nations Clean Energy Strategy to ensure that First Nations people help drive the energy transformation.
And to find out when the next roundtable is on, or to register to attend, please visit here.
Our webinars are designed to address the unique opportunities and challenges faced by First Nations communities, bringing together experts, leaders and community members who share a common interest for clean energy.
We record each webinar so that our Members can watch them at their leisure.
You can watch the webinar recordings here.
There is currently zero cost to become a supporter or member of the Network. It is simply achieved by completing the sign-up form on our website.
We are pleased with the growth in our First Nations membership and we will not be creating a membership fee for First Nations people and organisations.
There's a few: rooftop solar, batteries, standalone power systems, microgrids, solar farms, wind farms, and the list goes on.
We're excited to invite you to our next webinar tailored exclusively for our First Nations members.Read more
While there are still further discussions to be had with ACT First Nations residents, there were a number of key learnings from the two-day ACT roundtable held on 23-24 August 2023.Read more
Over 100 First Nations leaders and industry and government representatives are registered to attend the fourth roundtable in the co-design of the inaugural First Nations Clean Energy Strategy in Cairns, Queensland on 28-29 August 2023.Read more
Despite significant energy justice issues, there is great opportunity for First Nations to play a leading role in the clean energy industry in Queensland, particularly given the scale of projects proposed.Read more
The Remote Community Mining Toolkit is designed to empower remote communities to gain a greater understanding of, prepare for and act to better manage the changing effects of a mine over its lifecycle.
A key goal of the toolkit is to deliver enduring community value from mining (ECVM) – or long-term, lasting value to the community.
The best way to do this is for the community to make decisions and act early so as to best influence the mining decision-makers: the company, the state and, in the Northern Territory, Traditional Owners who have the power to block mining development on Aboriginal land.
This toolkit is provided for guidance purposes only and does not substitute for expert legal and other advice which should be sought early in the mine lifecycle and before any decision is made or action is taken.
Authors: Blackwell BD and Fordham AE. 2018. The Remote Community Mining Toolkit. Ninti One Ltd, Alice Springs.
Queensland has very strong solar resources, and also high quality and nationally competitive wind resources and there is clearly much potential for the development of clean energy projects on First Nations-titled lands.
This policy overview was drafted with assistance from Elizabeth McDonald, Director at Chalk & Behrendt and Taryn Lane, consultant and Manager of Hepburn Community Wind Farm.
Thanks to Hoshi Moshi for the image!
The only way to secure the additional benefits along the supply chain is to have First Nations groups as shareholders. With equity or joint ownership comes respect and being taken seriously.Read more
The Hydrogen Headstart program presents an important opportunity to take practical steps to include and embed First Nations in the development of Australia’s hydrogen industry.
A new pilot training program aimed at introducing First Nations communities to the clean energy industry is underway. A small team of First Nations workers learned the basics of solar installation by powering a series of tiny homes with panels and batteries in an intensive five-day renewable energy program held earlier this month in Mataranka, Northern Territory.Read more
Principles of self-determination and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) with respect to what happens on First Nations land, is key to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia is a signatory to the Declaration, a legally non-binding global agreement that delineates and defines the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples, including their ownership rights to cultural and ceremonial expression, identity, language, employment, health, education, and other issues. Their ownership also extends to the protection of their intellectual and cultural property.
This Toolkit by The Energy Charter brings together case studies and practical experiences that highlight what worked well, what was learned and what outcomes were achieved along the way across three stages of engagement. The toolkit incorporates the First Nations Clean Energy Network Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Best Practice Principles for Clean Energy Projects.
Many Traditional Owner groups around Australia are contemplating new offshore wind and renewable energy developments being proposed for 'sea country'.
This paper summarises the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 and other key legislation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and interests in ‘sea country’ - that is, in offshore areas or Commonwealth waters.
We can't wait for change, we are the change. Te Ngaehe Wanikau is a Māori tumuaki: leader, guide and spokesman for the Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro people. He says your fight is our fight, and our fight is your fight.