The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has called for public comments on draft program guidelines for the Digital Hubs and Digital Enterprise programs.
According to Senator Conroy, the draft guidelines offer information on the purpose and anticipated results of the programs, entitlement requirements information and the application process.
He said the guidelines will shape the delivery ways of the Digital Hubs and Digital Enterprise programs.
“It is important that Australians have the opportunity to comment on these draft guidelines so we can ensure these programs meet the needs of the community,” Conroy said.
The Digital Hubs and Digital Enterprise programs back up the National Digital Economy Strategy’s aim to elevate Australia among the world’s leading digital economies by 2020.
As part of the $23.8 million Digital Communities initiative, the Digital Hubs program offers training and support to residents in local communities in acquiring the skills required to maximise the benefits of the NBN.
The Digital Enterprise program provides $12.4 million in providing training to support small-to-medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations better recognise ways they can take advantage of the NBN and online opportunities more generally.
Digital Hubs and Digital Enterprise activities will be supplied to the 40 communities that first benefit from the NBN.
An initial call for applications to deliver activities for both programs is planned – targeting the five mainland NBN first release sites and three stage one communities in Tasmania for late 2011, after the guidelines are finalised.
Subsequent funding rounds will be held in line with the NBN roll out. The eligibility criteria will be outlined in the draft guidelines.
More information about the Digital Hubs and Digital Enterprise programs are available from: www.dbcde.gov.au/digitalhubs and www.dbcde.gov.au/digitalenterprise.