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
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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
- For digital training opportunities, contact Carringbush Adult Education.
- Visit Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House to access digital resources.
- More information about the National Broadband Network is on the NBN Co website.
- To learn more about council’s digital services and support visit Yarra Libraries.