By David Stockdale, AusCERT

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in Queensland’s ICT security sector 

On Thursday 18 July AusCERT hosted our very first NAIDOC week event.

AusCERT was pleased to partner with Baidam Solutions, Queensland’s first Indigenous ICT security solutions provider. Baidam Solutions gives back to regional and remote communities through scholarships and funded training, to create employment pathways for Indigenous Australians in the ICT sector.

The topic for the night was Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in Queensland’s ICT security sector.

Shannon Ruska from Tribal Experiences opening the night with a Welcome to Country

The night opened with an official Welcome to Country, traditional dance and smoking ceremony led by Shannon Ruska and his team from Tribal Experiences. We were also lucky to have the team from Dreamworld Corroboree at the event who greeted guests with their didgeridoo performance and interactive ochre face painting welcome station.

The team from Tribal Experiences

Guest speakers included Mark Ella AM and Cody Meakin OAM who both spoke about overcoming diversity barriers and shared some of the hard lessons learnt in the sporting arena and how this relates to building resilience in tomorrow’s technology leaders.

Aunty Di and Mark Ella AM


In attendance were Dr Christian Rowan MP, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Member for Moggill, various representatives from Government and Industry and UQ colleagues.