Labor Senator for New South Wales, Senator Doug Cameron, launched the new website at the 2012 Australian Computer Conference for Seniors in Sydney recently.
The Acting Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Brendan O’Connor, said the revamped web resource would 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.
“The government’s Broadband for Seniors program has been a huge success, with about 250,000 older Australians accessing the internet in about 2000 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.”
Senator Cameron said the government was investing $25 million in the program, which was being delivered by NEC Australia, in partnership with Adult Learning Australia, Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association and University of the Third Age Online.
“The government is proud to be part of such a successful partnership that has helped thousands of senior Australians gain the skills and confidence to get online and be involved in the digital economy,” Senator Cameron said.
“A recent survey showed that more than 80 per cent of participants said their computer and internet skills, as well as their confidence in using new technology, had increased since visiting a Broadband for Seniors kiosk.”
Mr O’Connor said the government would continue supporting older Australians to get online through the Broadband for Seniors program.
“Broadband for Seniors is helping older Australians to stay connected to family and friends, learn new skills and be more involved in their community.
“The new website will build on this and ensure our seniors are getting the full benefit of the digital age.”
For a full list of kiosks and more information visit www.necseniors.net.au.