Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communities and the Digital Economy, has used the opening session of this year’s CeBIT Conference to announce over $72 million worth of projects designed to maximise the take-up and benefits of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The projects are key initiatives forming up the National Digital Education Strategy.
This figure includes:
- $23.8 million to increase digital skills for those members of the community who may not feel comfortable online, in the Digital Communities initiative;
- $27.2 million to be made available for NBN-enabled skills and education projects in first release sites in the NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Program;
- $12.4 million to provide advice and training to SMEs and Not-for-Profit organisations on ways to take advantage of online opportunities as part of the Digital Enterprise initiative;
- $3.5 million for an in-house trial of tele-health capability which will involve diabetes patients in the Townsville region as part of the Digital Regions Initiative;
- $3.5 million for a trial of virtual education to be conducted by NSW TAFE and the University of New England in Armidale in the NBN-enabled tele-education project; and
- $2 million for a suite of tele-health services in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland, also part of the Digital Regions Initiative.
Most of these initiatives will be rolled out in the three years to 2014-15 in the 40 first release sites to be linked up to the NBN.