Media Release by Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Helping seniors stay connected this Christmas

The Australian Government is providing $6.1 million to help keep seniors stay connected to their family, friends and communities across the festive season.

Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said $3 million is being invested in 1500 new touch screen computers as part of the Broadband for Seniors initiative, to give seniors access to the latest technology at internet kiosks around the country.

“These new computers will allow seniors to navigate through the latest applications and web pages by using the touch screen as well as the mouse,” Mr Andrews said.

“We are investing $2.6 million to provide a $2,000 grant to about 1,300 kiosks to help with the delivery of training on internet safety, fraud and scams.

“A further $500,000 is being made available to give a $360 contribution to kiosks that provide their own internet connection.

“The Australian Government is committed to supporting and empowering communities, and their volunteers.

“Broadband for Seniors kiosks provide free access to computers, the internet and basic training to help seniors build their confidence and skills in using new technology.

“The kiosks are a great way for senior Australians to stay connected with their families and friends as well as give them the chance to indulge in their hobbies.

“Many of the kiosks are located where seniors regularly visit such as community centres, aged care facilities, libraries and clubs to help keep them linked with their communities.

“We have heard first-hand how important these kiosks are to senior Australians with more than 405,000 people using them over the past five years,” Mr Andrews said.