The Centre was initially created from the ARC grant for #thismymob. This is a national-scale Indigenous-led digital project will help to reconnect Indigenous communities, thanks to a $473,000 grant under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous scheme.

As part of this project, Assoc. Prof. Christopher Lawrence and his team of researchers are designing a new app called #thismymob that will enhance social and health and wellbeing outcomes, and improve the connectedness of Indigenous Australians. It will be unique in its use of participatory design methods and its engagement with remote participants from design through to implementation.

“This collaborative research project, developed at The University of Melbourne and now in partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney, will improve Indigenous digital literacy and build Indigenous entrepreneurship through technology start-ups,” said Dr Lawrence.

“We thank the Australian government for their support and investment in this unique project that will see Indigenous research turned into innovation.”

The Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to Administering Organisations to support research programmes led by an Indigenous Australian researcher and build research capacity of higher degree research and early career researchers.

The objectives of the Discovery Indigenous scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by Indigenous Australian researchers as individuals and as teams
  • develop the research expertise of Indigenous Australian researchers
  • support and retain established Indigenous Australian researchers in Australian higher education institutions
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability.