Smart Public Housing Project

People using a Smart Bench at Atherton Gardens

We have partnered across government, not-for-profit and industry to support public housing communities with increased access to digital connectivity, tools and training.

As COVID-19 continues to push services online, connectivity has become an essential part of how we work, learn, socialise, connect and play.

Not everyone has the resources they need to engage in this digital world.

This digital divide is evident within our public housing communities where people without access to the internet, digital skills, and fit-for-purpose devices are increasingly being left behind.

What are we doing?

We have established a working group to deliver the Smart Public Housing Project, to address the barriers to digital connectivity and help more people participate.

We are investigating several opportunities including:

  • Free WiFi in public housing community areas
  • Culturally specific digital education
  • Computer recycling and repurposing programs
  • Community Connections Hub linking people with digital training, education and employment opportunities

For more information read our Smart Public Housing Project Sheet, or Contact Megan Turnley on 03 9205 5555 or at [email protected].

Project benefits snapshot

Adressing key issues, employer visibilite, place activiation, job creation, wellbeing outcomes and building partnerships

Who are our partners?

Our partners have the knowledge, commitment, community and industry networks to increase the opportunities for our public housing residents to improve their digital outcomes:

  • Yarra council
  • Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House
  • Carringbush Adult Education
  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • NBN Co

Learn more about our partners