First Nations Youth Summit

The First Nations Youth Summit will be hosted in Brisbane on the 28 – 29 June 2018 at the Microsoft Innovation Centre. This Summit will bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth from different nations throughout Australia to support, inspire and empower Australia’s First Nations Youth through technology, leadership and entrepreneurship workshops and discussions by First Nations Youth, for First Nations Youth.

It’s a chance to gain important insights on what skills are needed for the jobs of the future and to be successful in life. It’s also an opportunity to connect with other First Nation Youth, create new professional networks and learn new skills to take back to local communities, with the aim of contributing to a sustainable future for First Nations in Australia.


Speakers and Mentors

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Talei is a young Torres Strait Islander woman from Seisia in the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland. She is driven, enthusiastic and positive about Indigenous affairs in her work in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Talei is also studying part-time at the Australian National University. Talei has experience speaking on issues that plague her community, understanding political processes and collaborating with other young Indigenous youth through the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program and the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program. She was recently involved in the National Indigenous Youth Parliament 2017 where she chose to speak on Indigenous economic potential, a topic she is passionate about and hopes to contribute to in future. As a hobby, Talei manages Faces of the Straits, an Instagram profile that aims to capture and showcase the beauty and diversity of Torres Strait Islanders.

Celeste Carnegie

Celeste is a Birrigubba, South Sea Islander woman from the tropics of Far North Queensland, currently studying a Bachelor of Technology and Innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney. Celeste is a learning experience designer who creates educational activities with digital technologies, while supporting communities to develop their own sustainable programs. Celeste is passionate about supporting and empowering young people to achieve their goals. Her mission is to create safe spaces where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can come together, create, innovate and learn.

Dean Foley

Dean served five years in the Royal Australian Air Force before founding Australia’s Indigenous business accelerator, Barayamal – now known as a world leader in Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Dean is an action-oriented entrepreneur, Microsoft RAP Advisory Board Member, winner of the Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Entrepreneurship Award, and proud Kamilaroi Man from Gunnedah, NSW.

The word entrepreneurship to me means and represents people who are taking a risk to better their financial state and better the community.
— Phillip Harris, Vybes
We need more Indigenous Australians in the tech space.
— Celeste Carnegie, Indigenous STEAM Program Producer at Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Why get involved?

According to the latest government employment study, the First Nations employment rate fell over the past decade, from 48% in 2006 to 46.6% in 2016. Over the same period, the non-indigenous employment rate was broadly stable, at around 72%. Therefore, the Government has failed to close the disparity and opportunity gap over the last decade.

In 2016, more than half (53%) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population were aged under 25 years. By empowering First Nations Youth to achieve their self-determination and career aspirations, we can reshape our communities for the better.

Who's attending?

Over 100 First Nations Youth are expected to attend from across Australia to be inspired and learn about technology and entrepreneurship; to learn about exciting careers in tech and what skills they need, network and gain real-world experience in entrepreneurship. We are proud to be running the First Nations Youth Summit in Brisbane and we hope you will help us reach our goals by supporting this national event.


How can you help?



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Event Location

Fishburners, level 2/155 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000



The First Nations Youth Summit is held on the lands of the Turrbul and Jagera Nations. We respectfully acknowledge the Tradition Owners and would like to pay our deepest respect to their Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the community. We give thanks to the Turrbul and Jager people for continuing to positively supporting young people to achieve their self-determination and career aspirations.