Digital economy: programs and initiatives
The department oversees programs and initiatives designed to support innovative broadband and digital technology services and communications.
List of service providers under the Digital Enterprise program.
The Digital Enterprise program will help small-to-medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations (including local cultural organisations) maximise the online opportunities enabled by the National Broadband Network.
The Digital Enterprise - Virtual Advisor Program will provide online training to individuals and organisations that are considering establishing an online business, or improving their online business presence, in order to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the digital economy.
The Digital Local Government program will help local governments improve their online services and maximise the benefits of the National Broadband Network.
The Digital Business Kits Program will help national industry peak bodies develop online tutorials to assist businesses to build skills and knowledge in the digital economy.
The Digital Hubs program will help local communities gain the skills needed to maximise the benefits provided by the National Broadband Network.
The Australian Government’s NBN-enabled Education and Skills Services program will demonstrate the benefits of high-speed broadband connectivity associated with the National Broadband Network.
As part of the effort to increase telework in Australia, the government held National Telework week from 12 to 16 November 2012. To learn more about telework and the various initiatives being organised to increase the uptake of telework, please visit Telework.gov.au.
The Internet Basics website provides a starting point for internet novices to build the skills and confidence needed to get online. The website is designed specifically for people who are new to the internet, and people who are looking to learn a little more to be confident and safer online. Internet Basics is available online at Internetbasics.gov.au or through the Government’s Digital Hubs program.
A resource that provides practical guidance for small businesses and community organisations to establish and enhance their online presence.
The Broadband for Seniors initiative has been operating since 2008 to provide older Australians with free access to computers and the internet, as well as support and training at special kiosks located across the country.
This public online portal will use the National Broadband Network (NBN) to provide students, families and teachers with access to an extensive library of educational content and services for use in classrooms and homes across Australia.
The CSIRO is developing a mobile robot that will allow remote visitors to virtually tour a museum gallery, over high-speed broadband such as the NBN.
This $4.9 million initiative will help hearing and/or vision impaired children and their families receive health and education services using NBN-enabled video-based interaction.
The NBN Regional Legal Assistance Program will help improve the delivery of legal support services to regional areas and help to attract and retain staff in these selected areas.
This pilot will use the NBN to improve access to family health, education, employment and financial services through Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support programs.
NICTA is an independent, not-for-profit company that represents a major Australian Government investment in the nation’s information and communications technology capabilities and digital economy with the cooperation of four state and territory governments and seven universities.
The Indigenous Communications Program is a $31 million initiative to help improve communications services in remote Indigenous communities which replaces and expands on the Backing Indigenous Ability telecommunications program.
This $60 million initiative co-funds innovative digital technology projects with state, territory and local governments.
Find information about the Clever Networks program—part of the $1.1 billion Connect Australia package for innovative broadband services in regional, rural and remote communities.
The digital economy influences many other areas of the Australian Government's work, as illustrated on the following sites, including:
- Small business online
- Broadband for seniors
- Smart energy use
- Government 2.0
- Telemonitoring for Veterans