The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced an extra $12.9 million for new digital initiatives to showcase the possibilities of the National Broadband Network.
“Since launching in February 2012, the Digital Enterprise and Digital Local Government programs have successfully delivered expert digital training to small businesses and not for profit organisations around Australia, as well as assisting local councils take advantage of the NBN.”
“More than 4500 participants have already taken part in the training on offer, and 30 local councils are deploying new NBN-enabled online services to transform how they interact with their communities.
“The NBN is being rolled out to all Australians so it is essential that all of us develop the skills and understand how we can best take advantage of the fast, reliable, and affordable broadband it delivers.”
This additional funding will deliver an extra 21 Digital Enterprise services, with the expanded program expected to provide 3,650 group training and 14,350 one-on-one training sessions to about 49,000 SME and NFP participants.
Another 15 Digital Local Government programs will also be rolled out.
Successful councils could receive up to $375,000, which will enable them to use the NBN to deliver improved services to local residents.