New program to help older Australians be connected through digital technology
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter today announced the launch of Be Connected, the Government’s new three-year initiative to increase older Australians’ skills and confidence using digital technology, and help them stay connected with their families, friends and communities.
Up to $20 million in small grants over the next three years will be available for community organisations that join the Be Connected network to deliver training and support.
“Be Connected is another important step towards the Government’s goal to foster digital skills, access and inclusion to empower everyone to thrive in a digital world,” Minister Porter said.
“I encourage older Australians who want to learn how to use digital technology confidently and safely, or who want to improve their current skills, to participate in the Be Connected program.
“Families, friends and community groups can also join the program to help older Australians realise the benefits of going online.”
Be Connected builds on the successful elements of the preceding Broadband for Seniors program.
“Community organisations that join the Be Connected Network will deliver free personalised face-to-face training and support to help older Australians engage with and embrace digital technology,” Minister Porter said.
Good Things Foundation – a not-for-profit that supports digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital technologies – will manage the Network and provide ongoing training and support to Network Partners.
On the Be Connected website, there is a range of useful and interactive learning activities, training courses and ‘how-to’ videos for older Australians and families, friends and community organisations.
Online training courses include the basics of using computers and digital devices; online shopping and banking; staying safe and secure online; and socialising online. Older Australians can create their own learning plan on the website and progress at their own pace.
For more information about Be Connected or to find a local Network Partner, go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au.