Martin Ermer - Round 1, 2018 Champion

Engaging Indigenous youth with digital technologies

Martin Ermer’s creative use of digital technologies in the tourism industry allows him to share meaningful cultural stories and history, while teaching Indigenous young people essential skills for the workplace.

In collaboration with more than 40 family members from the Yugambeh Aboriginal community and Traditional Custodian Luther Cora in the Gold Coast region, Martin created a virtual reality storytelling experience for tourists and community at Dreamworld, sharing precious narratives of age-old culture and history. He is currently investigating hologram imagery to welcome visitors to cultural learning sites.

Starting out as a Sport and Recreation Officer at Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland, Martin has developed successful youth mentoring programs.

Martin’s mentorship on the Dreamworld Corroboree experience saw a trainee mentee go on to win a number of awards including the 2017 Queensland Training Awards for South East Queensland and State Indigenous Student of the Year as well as be named a finalist in the Australian Training Awards. This success led to Martin’s involvement assisting trainee workplace capabilities for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Martin is an active contributor to the Queensland Tourism Indigenous Employee Network, working to increase awareness among tourism operators of how to encourage and maintain participation of Indigenous Australians within the tourism industry. He has presented at the Tourism Hospitality and Events conference on Indigenous employment pathways and participated in the Queensland Indigenous Tourism Forum.

As Community Digital Champion, Martin will continue to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and encourage connections to culture by:

  • teaching Indigenous young people in the Gold Coast region and beyond to use digital skills to prepare for employment and advance their career development within tourism
  • guiding Indigenous trainees working on the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • mentoring young people on how to engage with digital technologies to share their culture and learn valuable life skills
  • inspiring Dreamworld Corroboree staff to develop and deliver the Indigenous tourism program in new and creative ways
  • sharing innovative digital tourism projects that build community awareness of, and participation in, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture across Queensland.



Martin is nominated by: Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games

Engaging Indigenous youth with digital technologies

Martin Ermer’s creative use of digital technologies in the tourism industry allows him to share meaningful cultural stories and history, while teaching Indigenous young people essential skills for the workplace.

In collaboration with more than 40 family members from the Yugambeh Aboriginal community and Traditional Custodian Luther Cora in the Gold Coast region, Martin created a virtual reality storytelling experience for tourists and community at Dreamworld, sharing precious narratives of age-old culture and history. He is currently investigating hologram imagery to welcome visitors to cultural learning sites.

Starting out as a Sport and Recreation Officer at Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland, Martin has developed successful youth mentoring programs.

Martin’s mentorship on the Dreamworld Corroboree experience saw a trainee mentee go on to win a number of awards including the 2017 Queensland Training Awards for South East Queensland and State Indigenous Student of the Year as well as be named a finalist in the Australian Training Awards. This success led to Martin’s involvement assisting trainee workplace capabilities for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Martin is an active contributor to the Queensland Tourism Indigenous Employee Network, working to increase awareness among tourism operators of how to encourage and maintain participation of Indigenous Australians within the tourism industry. He has presented at the Tourism Hospitality and Events conference on Indigenous employment pathways and participated in the Queensland Indigenous Tourism Forum.

As Community Digital Champion, Martin will continue to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and encourage connections to culture by:

  • teaching Indigenous young people in the Gold Coast region and beyond to use digital skills to prepare for employment and advance their career development within tourism
  • guiding Indigenous trainees working on the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • mentoring young people on how to engage with digital technologies to share their culture and learn valuable life skills
  • inspiring Dreamworld Corroboree staff to develop and deliver the Indigenous tourism program in new and creative ways
  • sharing innovative digital tourism projects that build community awareness of, and participation in, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture across Queensland.



Martin is nominated by: Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games