Supporting senior Australians through digital inclusion


The opportunity to learn more about working with computers and finding information online has just been expanded.

Be Connected


Key Points


  • Be Connected, the federal government-funded digital skills program for older Australians, has been extended until 2024
  • The program helps seniors better uses technology such as computers, smartphones and devices
  • The over-65s are the least connected group in Australia

Be Connected, the federal government-funded digital skills program for older Australians, has been extended for an additional three years until 2024.

It seems the pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital skills for people to stay connected and access essential services.

The Be Connected program, of which National Seniors is a partner, has already helped 750,000 people to be more confident and safe online, and is reaching out to those who need this support.

National Seniors has been helping train mentors who in turn will directly help seniors better use digital communications technology such as computers, smartphones and devices.

In the near future National Seniors will be offering online support programs and mentoring assistance in a number of communities through the program. So, keep an eye out for this exciting opportunity.

You can register your interest here or call us on 1300 765 050.

National Get Online Week


Through Be Connected, what better time to commit to getting to know how to use computer technology than during National Get Online Week, which runs from 19-25 October.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the communications, support and connection needs of isolated older Australians, so it is not surprise that the campaign will respond to community needs.

“We’ll support people to connect with friends and family, stay safe online, learn how to better use their devices, find reliable health information and apply for work online,” says Jess Wilson, National Director of the Good Things Foundation, the social change charity which coordinates the Be Connected program.

“We're inspiring community organisations around Australia to hold online or COVID-safe face-to-face events for people with low digital skills, depending on the public gathering restrictions and health advice in their location,” she says.

According to the Foundation , the over-65s are the least connected group in Australia and this has a severe impact on social inclusion and access to government and other services.

The COVID-19 impacts on Australian adults’ online activities and attitudes report, which was produced by the eSafety Commissioner, 89% of those surveyed agreed the internet was essential and 27% of people surveyed sought extra help with technology.

Learn more about the Good Things Foundation by calling on 1300 795 897 or go to www.getonlineweek.com

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