Older Australians will now have greater access to training resources and information to help them get online with the Australian Government’s new Broadband for Seniors website.
Labor Senator for New South Wales, Senator Doug Cameron, launched the new website (www.necseniors.net.au) at the 2012 Australian Computer Conference for Seniors in Sydney on Thursday.
The Acting Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Brendan O’Connor, said the revamped web resource will provide seniors with more online learning tools to help them use the internet, as well as providing kiosk hosts and volunteer tutors with additional resources for this vital aged care service.
“The Government’s Broadband for Seniors program has been a huge success, with about 250,000 older Australians accessing the internet in about 2,000 internet kiosks across the country,” Mr O’Connor said.
“These kiosks are located in community hubs like senior citizens centres and bowls clubs, and provide seniors with free access to computers with broadband internet, as well as training in basic computing, internet browsing and email skills from teams of dedicated volunteers.”
The Australian Government is investing $25 million in the Broadband for Seniors program, which is being delivered by NEC Australia, in partnership with Adult Learning Australia, Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association and University of the Third Age Online.
For a full list of kiosks and more information visit the Broadband for Seniors website at www.necseniors.net.au.