Julie-ann Lambourne - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Using advanced technologies to empower the digitally disadvantaged

Julie-ann Lambourne is the Chief Executive Officer of enVizion Group, an Indigenous-owned and operated training provider in Cairns.

A Torres Strait Islander woman, Julie-ann promotes the uptake of digital technology in Far North Queensland, particularly in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure disadvantaged people receive support to engage meaningfully within their families and communities and to increase sustainable employment levels. In 2017, Julie-ann won the Cairns Business Women’s Club Indigenous Business Woman of the Year award.

After more than 20 years' experience at state and federal government level in education, employment and training, Julie-ann's expertise includes community development, social engagement, and mental health and management skills.

Julie-ann is a member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group and the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council.

Julie-ann is also a founding member and board member of the newly established Ignite FNQ.

Major programs that have Julie-ann’s focus include:

  • Virtual Reality Training Bus: a purpose-built, state-of-the-art mobile training facility with virtual reality technology used to motivate and inspire users to seek employment opportunities in agriculture, mining, aquaponics, health and construction.
  • Partnership in Prosperity (PIP): a program for severely disadvantaged people which incorporates multimedia equipment in the environment-healing phase.
  • DHIVE: an Indigenous-led digital inclusion and innovation incubator empowering entrepreneurs from digitally disadvantaged and disconnected groups with the tools to leverage innovation to grow opportunities, build business and improve their communities locally.

Julie-ann also regularly shares her knowledge and expertise in a range of forums, at conferences and during webinars.

Julie-ann was first recognised as a Community Digital Champion in 2016. As a continuing Champion, her focus will be on:

  • building the capacity of DHIVE, including increasing digital literacy, elders technology, youth programs and business development programs
  • expanding enVizion’s technology builds in areas of education, training and employment. She considers that the utilisation and adaption of technology has so many facets and opportunities and believes technology will increase economic development opportunities, especially in remote communities
  • her continuing speaking engagements, including TEDx Cairns, The Community Care Business Transformation and Innovation Conference and the Office of Small Business New Ideas Forum.

Julie-ann is nominated by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Using advanced technologies to empower the digitally disadvantaged

Julie-ann Lambourne is the Chief Executive Officer of enVizion Group, an Indigenous-owned and operated training provider in Cairns.

A Torres Strait Islander woman, Julie-ann promotes the uptake of digital technology in Far North Queensland, particularly in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure disadvantaged people receive support to engage meaningfully within their families and communities and to increase sustainable employment levels. In 2017, Julie-ann won the Cairns Business Women’s Club Indigenous Business Woman of the Year award.

After more than 20 years' experience at state and federal government level in education, employment and training, Julie-ann's expertise includes community development, social engagement, and mental health and management skills.

Julie-ann is a member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group and the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council.

Julie-ann is also a founding member and board member of the newly established Ignite FNQ.

Major programs that have Julie-ann’s focus include:

  • Virtual Reality Training Bus: a purpose-built, state-of-the-art mobile training facility with virtual reality technology used to motivate and inspire users to seek employment opportunities in agriculture, mining, aquaponics, health and construction.
  • Partnership in Prosperity (PIP): a program for severely disadvantaged people which incorporates multimedia equipment in the environment-healing phase.
  • DHIVE: an Indigenous-led digital inclusion and innovation incubator empowering entrepreneurs from digitally disadvantaged and disconnected groups with the tools to leverage innovation to grow opportunities, build business and improve their communities locally.

Julie-ann also regularly shares her knowledge and expertise in a range of forums, at conferences and during webinars.

Julie-ann was first recognised as a Community Digital Champion in 2016. As a continuing Champion, her focus will be on:

  • building the capacity of DHIVE, including increasing digital literacy, elders technology, youth programs and business development programs
  • expanding enVizion’s technology builds in areas of education, training and employment. She considers that the utilisation and adaption of technology has so many facets and opportunities and believes technology will increase economic development opportunities, especially in remote communities
  • her continuing speaking engagements, including TEDx Cairns, The Community Care Business Transformation and Innovation Conference and the Office of Small Business New Ideas Forum.

Julie-ann is nominated by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training