Right now in Australia, 1 in 5 adults are not online. We’re living in a digital age but many Australians are being left behind and lack the skills to take advantage of the education, health and social benefits of being connected.
To address this issue, Australia Post and Infoxchange are partnering together to roll out a four year national digital literacy program. The program has the ambitious goal of getting more than 300,000 Australians to improve their digital skills and realise their digital potential with a focus on the following audiences:
Australia Post workforce
Ageing community members
Regional and remote communities
The program will help people to build their digital confidence by developing learning resources. This will include a website featuring digital skill guides and an online map where people can find face-to-face learning opportunities near them.
With new found digital skills, it’s much easier for people to save money, find a new job, get healthy, have a say, learn for free online, and connect with friends and family.
The program will also be taking digital learning out of the classroom and into the community with digital learning events around the country and a national digital mentoring program. This will be complemented by Australia’s first National Year of Digital Inclusion with digital festivals held in each state and territory, as well as a series of forums and discussions that aim to make digital inclusion part of the national conversation.
But we need you to get involved!
Organisations across Australia are invited to join our Network to promote your own learning events on our Digital Platform. If you’re a neighbourhood house, library, local government or not-for-profit who wants to get involved, we want to hear from you.
All Australians will also be invited to participate and help make a real difference in someone’s life by becoming a Digital Mentor to family, friends, neighbours or colleagues.
SOURCE: Blog Post, “Our national digital literacy program”, Infoxchange, 2014