Jane Jenkins - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Bridging the digital divide in remote communities

Located in Muttaburra

Jane Jenkins is a primary school principal who actively shares her skills in digital literacy and technology with regional and remote communities across central western Queensland. Based in Muttaburra near Barcaldine, she works across the wider region assisting others to embrace digital technologies.

She delivers community-based workshops to educate, inform and inspire others to bridge the digital divide. She facilitates and coordinates other regional digital specialists to ensure digital technology education is widespread.

Jane’s volunteering assists remotely located Queenslanders to establish Facebook pages, backup and transfer information to a new smart phone, troubleshoot internet connectivity issues and get advice on internet plans. She is also working with Barcaldine Regional Council to deliver digital programs to seniors, and volunteers as tech support for Muttaburra State School. Through the outback women’s network mpowHER, Jane is developing a female entrepreneurial network that uses digital technologies as part of its connectivity strategy.

As an engaging public speaker, Jane has been writing and presenting professional development for educators across Australia and internationally for more than two decades, delivering 150 workshops and reaching more than 3000 educators.

Jane’s activities:

Based on demand, workshops aimed at giving older people in remote and regional areas the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to use technology for socialising, accessing important services or conducting personal business.

Mentoring on digital marketing strategies, to support regional and remote small and micro businesses access the possibilities of the digital space and provide guidance as to which social media channels will provide the best returns.


Jane is nominated by the Remote Area Planning & Development Board

Bridging the digital divide in remote communities

Located in Muttaburra

Jane Jenkins is a primary school principal who actively shares her skills in digital literacy and technology with regional and remote communities across central western Queensland. Based in Muttaburra near Barcaldine, she works across the wider region assisting others to embrace digital technologies.

She delivers community-based workshops to educate, inform and inspire others to bridge the digital divide. She facilitates and coordinates other regional digital specialists to ensure digital technology education is widespread.

Jane’s volunteering assists remotely located Queenslanders to establish Facebook pages, backup and transfer information to a new smart phone, troubleshoot internet connectivity issues and get advice on internet plans. She is also working with Barcaldine Regional Council to deliver digital programs to seniors, and volunteers as tech support for Muttaburra State School. Through the outback women’s network mpowHER, Jane is developing a female entrepreneurial network that uses digital technologies as part of its connectivity strategy.

As an engaging public speaker, Jane has been writing and presenting professional development for educators across Australia and internationally for more than two decades, delivering 150 workshops and reaching more than 3000 educators.

Jane’s activities:

Based on demand, workshops aimed at giving older people in remote and regional areas the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to use technology for socialising, accessing important services or conducting personal business.

Mentoring on digital marketing strategies, to support regional and remote small and micro businesses access the possibilities of the digital space and provide guidance as to which social media channels will provide the best returns.


Jane is nominated by the Remote Area Planning & Development Board