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Welcome to People & Communities.

The Queensland Government is committed to identifying and removing barriers to, and generally improving, digital literacy and inclusion for all Queenslanders, in all communities.

To this end, we currently have a number of initiatives being implemented. These include:

  • the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions Program – encouraging digital inclusion through the inspirational stories and activities of community-based Champions

  • digital literacy and inclusion – including National Year of Digital Inclusion (NYDI) activities – an integral component of Go Digi, a four year national partnership of Infoxchange and Australia Post aimed at improving the digital literacy of over 300,000 Australians.

  • supporting International Digital Thought Leaders including Helen Milner – CEO and Founder of the UK's Tinder Foundation, a social enterprise dedicated to expanding digital inclusion across the UK

Got a story to share? Join in the conversation here or start a conversation with our Champions.

Welcome to People & Communities.

The Queensland Government is committed to identifying and removing barriers to, and generally improving, digital literacy and inclusion for all Queenslanders, in all communities.

To this end, we currently have a number of initiatives being implemented. These include:

  • the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions Program – encouraging digital inclusion through the inspirational stories and activities of community-based Champions

  • digital literacy and inclusion – including National Year of Digital Inclusion (NYDI) activities – an integral component of Go Digi, a four year national partnership of Infoxchange and Australia Post aimed at improving the digital literacy of over 300,000 Australians.

  • supporting International Digital Thought Leaders including Helen Milner – CEO and Founder of the UK's Tinder Foundation, a social enterprise dedicated to expanding digital inclusion across the UK

Got a story to share? Join in the conversation here or start a conversation with our Champions.

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  • Discuss digital inclusion with Tinder Foundation CEO Helen Milner

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    11 months ago

    The Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, together with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, hosted a lecture by renowned international speaker, Helen Milner OBE on Digital Social Inclusion – learnings from the UK on 2 November.

    Digital inclusion leader, Helen Milner OBE is the Chief Executive of Tinder Foundation, a UK not-for-profit social enterprise that has helped 1.6 million people access the internet and gain digital skills to improve their lives.

    Helen talked about her ambition of a 100 percent digitally empowered world and shared some transformative stories...

    11 months ago

    The Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, together with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, hosted a lecture by renowned international speaker, Helen Milner OBE on Digital Social Inclusion – learnings from the UK on 2 November.

    Digital inclusion leader, Helen Milner OBE is the Chief Executive of Tinder Foundation, a UK not-for-profit social enterprise that has helped 1.6 million people access the internet and gain digital skills to improve their lives.

    Helen talked about her ambition of a 100 percent digitally empowered world and shared some transformative stories in the hopes of persuading everyone that we can't afford to not become a more digitally inclusive society.

    Helen explored the UK's experiences and discussed important topics such as:

    • Building digital literacy and getting people online

    • Digital inclusion methods that support social housing, skills growth, education and health

    • Solutions used by the Tinder Foundation to help solve the problem of digital inclusion

    A video of the event, including Helen Milner’s full presentation, is available for viewing here.

    The Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program was also launched on 3 November by the Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Science and Innovation, along with a keynote presentation on digital inclusion by Helen Milner. To meet our inaugural Champions and gain a better understanding of the program and why it is so important, view and share the launch event video here.

    For information, tools and resources to help your community organisation embrace technology download the Community and Social Services sector digital kit.


  • Brisbane students make Fruit Ninja video for global fans

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    12 months ago

    Griffith University film students are showcasing their work to a global audience with a series of videos that go behind the scenes of super successful digital game Fruit Ninja.

    Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the YouTube project, titled Fruit Ninja Nation, was an opportunity of a lifetime for Griffith University film students.

    “The students are lucky to be working with a professional filmmaker on a project about one of the world’s most popular mobile games for a potentially huge international audience,” Ms Enoch said.

    “That’s a combination that will be hard to beat...

    12 months ago

    Griffith University film students are showcasing their work to a global audience with a series of videos that go behind the scenes of super successful digital game Fruit Ninja.

    Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the YouTube project, titled Fruit Ninja Nation, was an opportunity of a lifetime for Griffith University film students.

    “The students are lucky to be working with a professional filmmaker on a project about one of the world’s most popular mobile games for a potentially huge international audience,” Ms Enoch said.

    “That’s a combination that will be hard to beat when the first videos screen on YouTube later this year.”

    Created by Brisbane company Halfbrick, Fruit Ninja is one of the most downloaded games of all time on mobile devices, with more than one billion downloads since its launch in 2010.

    The Minister met students at Griffith Film School’s LiveLab at South Bank where the 13-part series featuring Fruit Ninja-themed live-action shorts, documentaries and developer diaries is being made.

    Ms Enoch said Queensland Government support had enabled LiveLab to contract experienced local filmmaker Amelia Paxman to work with the students on the project.

    “This project aligns with the State Government’s $180 million Advance Queensland initiative which aims to develop a highly-innovative, knowledge-based economy­—creating new industries and exciting new jobs for Queenslanders,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Halfbrick is an excellent example of the innovation and business acumen we hope to see emerge from Advance Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.

    “They are a true local success story and sharing this insight will help to inspire the next wave of creative entrepeneurs.”

    Halfbrick’s Vice President for Entertainment and Licensing Sam White said the company always had close ties with tertiary education in Brisbane.

    “We are excited to further strengthen those ties with the LiveLab students on Fruit Ninja Nation,” Mr White said.

    “It is a truly symbiotic project - Halfbrick benefitting from the talent and creativity of the students, while the students benefit from the real-world experience and exposure via Halfbrick’s YouTube and game network.”

    Creative Director of LiveLab and Senior Lecturer at Griffith Film School Richard Fabb said the project provided students with an opportunity to showcase their talents on the global stage.

    “Partnering with Halfbrick, one the world’s leading games producers, is an amazing opportunity for our students,” Mr Fabb said.

    “With the final product set to air on YouTube, the world’s largest video platform, our films can really make a mark.”

    Fruit Ninja Nation complements a series of short Fruit Ninja animations Halfbrick is producing for YouTube Kids in the United States.


    Image: Minster for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch visits the set of Fruit Ninja Nation at Griffith Film School.

  • Australians step out to log in with free public Wi-Fi

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    Forget the office and classroom, Australian residents are stepping out in droves to connect to free public Wi-Fi hotspots.

    As at 30 June 2015, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has reported almost 4.23 million Aussies went online using a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

    Brisbane alone offers 22 locations to connect, including Brisbane Botanic Gardens, King George Square and New Farm Park.

    Additionally, each of council’s 33 libraries and the entire CityCat fleet also offer free Wi-Fi. An extensive list of Brisbane public Wi-Fi locations can be found on the Free Wi-Fi map.

    Public Wi-Fi is also readily available throughout...

    Forget the office and classroom, Australian residents are stepping out in droves to connect to free public Wi-Fi hotspots.

    As at 30 June 2015, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has reported almost 4.23 million Aussies went online using a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

    Brisbane alone offers 22 locations to connect, including Brisbane Botanic Gardens, King George Square and New Farm Park.

    Additionally, each of council’s 33 libraries and the entire CityCat fleet also offer free Wi-Fi. An extensive list of Brisbane public Wi-Fi locations can be found on the Free Wi-Fi map.

    Public Wi-Fi is also readily available throughout regional Queensland libraries and selected public spaces.

    To help consumers become fully informed when using these convenient services, the ACMA and Stay Smart Online have released a short practical guide, which is full of helpful tips and general information about public Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia. Read more here.


  • Australians are staying connected to work, from home

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
    CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded

    about 1 year ago

    The readiness of smartphones and tablets have made it common to log into work anytime, anywhere – whether it be checking an email while grabbing a bite to eat or spending the day at home teleworking.

    In fact, the latest Roy Morgan Research results show that one in five Australian full-time workers are now tapping into their work network remotely.

    The research reveals working from home doesn’t necessarily lead to greater productivity levels, with 20% of full-time employee’s putting in longer unpaid hours while working from home.

    A similar study, ‘Australian’s digital lives’ report finds that...

    about 1 year ago

    The readiness of smartphones and tablets have made it common to log into work anytime, anywhere – whether it be checking an email while grabbing a bite to eat or spending the day at home teleworking.

    In fact, the latest Roy Morgan Research results show that one in five Australian full-time workers are now tapping into their work network remotely.

    The research reveals working from home doesn’t necessarily lead to greater productivity levels, with 20% of full-time employee’s putting in longer unpaid hours while working from home.

    A similar study, ‘Australian’s digital lives’ report finds that closer to half of Australia's workforce uses the internet to work away from their office for at least a few hours each week.

    Commissioned by The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the report found 49 per cent of employed Australians are ‘digital workers’ – classifying ‘digital workers’ as people with teleworking arrangements or those who use the internet for work outside business hours.

    Most of the estimated 5.6 million digital workers in this study spend one day or less per week working remotely, suggesting many were squeezing extra work into their home life or while travelling.

    Of these digital workers, 48 per cent have a formal agreement in place, equating to nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of those who are employed.

    The survey found tertiary educated people were most likely to be digital workers and that slightly more men – 53 per cent – worked remotely than women.

    A resounding verdict from both studies revealed the greatest benefits of working out of the office are a better work-life balance, flexibility and reduced commuting times.


  • Staying ahead of the game benefits seniors

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    about 1 year ago

    A major priority for society in the near future will be aiding our aging population to stay connected, active and independent.

    A recent article by The Conversation has revealed in the next few years we are set to see more people over the age of 65 living on this planet than those under 5 years of age.

    Suggesting the biggest impact of an increasingly ageing population will be felt in the numbers of people with health concerns, in particular dementia.

    Technology, such as smart phones and the Internet of Things (IoT) can play an important role...

    about 1 year ago

    A major priority for society in the near future will be aiding our aging population to stay connected, active and independent.

    A recent article by The Conversation has revealed in the next few years we are set to see more people over the age of 65 living on this planet than those under 5 years of age.

    Suggesting the biggest impact of an increasingly ageing population will be felt in the numbers of people with health concerns, in particular dementia.

    Technology, such as smart phones and the Internet of Things (IoT) can play an important role in tackling these challenges and enabling our senior citizens to live independently and safely in their own homes.

    By using remote monitoring of weight, blood pressure, pulse and ECG, problems can be detected without a visit to a GP and more importantly, avoiding the hospital.

    Another example of the digital age assisting our senior citizens has been presented in new research by Queensland’s Bond University, finding video games are attracting older Australians for their health benefits.

    The Digital Australia Report 2016, authored by Bond University Professor Dr Jeff Brand found while having fun and filling in time to alleviate boredom topped the reasons for playing list for most players, those aged 65 years and over were motivated by health factors.

    The majority of older Australians felt video games could increase mental stimulation, at 76 per cent of participants, with 61 per cent feeling it might help fight dementia and 55 per cent that it could help maintain social connections.

    The report studied 1,274 households and 3,398 individuals of all ages; 39 per cent over the age of 65 play video games, many of whom cited keeping their minds active as their main motivation for playing.

    This suggests games are transforming as a medium and while they will continue to be played for entertainment, they will increasingly stimulate mental health, especially among Australians over the age of 65.

    Where to begin?

    A new partnership between the Queensland Government and Telstra aims to encourage more seniors to embrace information technology.

    The Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program delivers free training through selected public libraries across Queensland.

    By participating, seniors will be assisted to get connected and participate in the online world, with the objective of increasing digital inclusion, helping reduce social isolation, increasing access to government information and services via the internet, and improving online awareness.

    Further, a key focus of the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is to ensure that the Tech Savvy Seniors program includes disadvantaged older Queenslanders.

    The Department will work with non-government and community organisations to assist disadvantaged older people to participate in the initiative by identifying and addressing barriers to using digital technology or barriers to physically attending training, and following up with participants after training to support the embedding of new skills.

    Image: Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation, The Honourable Leeanne Enoch launches the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program.


  • Alert: Be wary of scammers claiming to be from government departments

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    about 1 year ago

    You are advised to be wary of calls from scammers who claim to be from government departments and who ask for personal or financial details.

    Recent reports from the New South Wales Department of Finance, Services and Innovation have warned of such a scam primarily targeting elderly people or people in regional communities.

    The scammer offered to send a cheque and then sought personal details including the name of the individual's bank.


    Staying safe

    Government finance departments will not cold call to offer money and ask for your personal details. If you receive a call of...

    about 1 year ago

    You are advised to be wary of calls from scammers who claim to be from government departments and who ask for personal or financial details.

    Recent reports from the New South Wales Department of Finance, Services and Innovation have warned of such a scam primarily targeting elderly people or people in regional communities.

    The scammer offered to send a cheque and then sought personal details including the name of the individual's bank.


    Staying safe

    Government finance departments will not cold call to offer money and ask for your personal details. If you receive a call of this nature hang up and report them to ScamWatch on 1300 795 995 or at www.scamwatch.gov.au

    Never give your personal or financial details to unsolicited callers. If in doubt, use contact details on legitimate websites to verify callers’ identities. Do not trust contact details supplied by the callers themselves.

    Scammers may also use email or other online forms of contact to request personal or financial details. Never send these details to any person without checking their legitimacy first.

    For more information the ScamWatch website more details about types of scams and how to identify them and the Stay Smart Online website has information on phone scams and how to avoid them.


  • Helpful hackers to decode government data at GovHack 2015

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    about 1 year ago

    GovHack is an annual open data competition held throughout Australia and New Zealand, created to draw people together from government, industry, academia and the public.

    This year’s event is being held between 3 July to 5 July 2015, with events in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast.

    The aim is to pull people together to find new, interesting and innovative ways to use, reuse and mash up the wealth of data out there.

    GovHack is open to everyone, regardless of your level of expertise – from...

    about 1 year ago

    GovHack is an annual open data competition held throughout Australia and New Zealand, created to draw people together from government, industry, academia and the public.

    This year’s event is being held between 3 July to 5 July 2015, with events in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast.

    The aim is to pull people together to find new, interesting and innovative ways to use, reuse and mash up the wealth of data out there.

    GovHack is open to everyone, regardless of your level of expertise – from developers to designers, journalists, digital media dabblers, story tellers, students, researchers, budding entrepreneurs and open data enthusiasts.

    Teams are eligible for great prizes, in addition to honour and fame at the Red Carpet Awards at the end of July.

    This year the GovHack fun is spreading further, with the introduction of Node events run at civic centres to provide small communities a happy place for hacking together.

    Nodes are small GovHack events run by passionate volunteers, so that your community can compete for National and International GovHack prizes.

    Register your free attendance now at one of the main events located in Brisbane, Gold Coast or Toowoomba or register for the Sunshine Coast Node event.

    You can also virtually participate in selected locations - you just need to register.

    Happy Hacking!


  • Alert: Security flaw affects up to 600 million Samsung phones

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    over 1 year ago

    Over 600 million Samsung mobile device users have been affected by a significant security risk on leading Samsung models, including the recently released Galaxy S6.

    The risk comes from a pre-installed keyboard that permits an attacker to remotely access information and control the device.

    ‘NowSecure’ have created a list allowing you to check if your mobile device is vulnerable.


    Simple tips to protect yourself and your mobile device

    Mobile devices have become an integral part of our daily routines – from catching up on emails on the way to the work to storing photos from weekends...

    over 1 year ago

    Over 600 million Samsung mobile device users have been affected by a significant security risk on leading Samsung models, including the recently released Galaxy S6.

    The risk comes from a pre-installed keyboard that permits an attacker to remotely access information and control the device.

    ‘NowSecure’ have created a list allowing you to check if your mobile device is vulnerable.


    Simple tips to protect yourself and your mobile device

    Mobile devices have become an integral part of our daily routines – from catching up on emails on the way to the work to storing photos from weekends away.

    For this reason, your smartphone or tablet is as much at risk of being hacked or infected with a virus as your home computer.

    It is important to implement strategies to keep your personal information, contacts and data secure.

    Read the Australian Government’s ‘Stay Smart Online’ simple tips to help protect yourself from the threat of suspicious activity.


  • Coding in classrooms – is it as important as reading?

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    over 1 year ago

    Digital technologies are now so globally entrenched that many think a grounding in the subject is as important as learning to read.

    Children are hungry consumers of technology from an early age but most lack the skills to better understand and produce technology.

    Estonia, Israel, UK, New Zealand, Netherlands, Vietnam and Finland are stepping up their focus on coding and computational thinking in early education. In the US, courses on coding and other computer science skills are not mandatory or uniform across the education system. These decisions are left to individual states and local school districts....

    over 1 year ago

    Digital technologies are now so globally entrenched that many think a grounding in the subject is as important as learning to read.

    Children are hungry consumers of technology from an early age but most lack the skills to better understand and produce technology.

    Estonia, Israel, UK, New Zealand, Netherlands, Vietnam and Finland are stepping up their focus on coding and computational thinking in early education. In the US, courses on coding and other computer science skills are not mandatory or uniform across the education system. These decisions are left to individual states and local school districts. Most often, if such classes are taught – they are offered as electives only.

    Meanwhile, there are a number of private global initiatives teaching young people and educators how to have fun making code – including CoderDojo , Codecademy, Hour of Code and Code.org. Programs aimed at young women, such as Ladies Learning Code(External link) also help to address the under representation of females in digital technology pursuits. Overall, the message is simple – Don’t just download a game or app – make one!!!

    When you think about the biggest innovations in recent decades – Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook – their founders were all computer coders. Here’s what Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other digital entrepreneur ‘heroes’ have to say about the benefits of learning code –

    The digital technology sector is a rapidly growing industry within itself, more importantly, it supports and/or enables growth in other industries. Current trends such as big data, social media, mobility and cloud computing are challenging businesses and demanding more specialist digital skills than ever before.

    There is a prevailing view across business that we are facing a shortage of skilled workers as industry and production move towards activities that are more technologically advanced and require deeper levels of analytical thinking. This concern is reflected in the number of students entering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and related careers – including teachers of STEM subjects.

    So…… what’s happening in Australia?

    The Financial Review recently reported that tech networking giant ‘Cisco’ will invest $31 million in the Australian education system to increase the nation’s STEM talent pool and innovation capabilities.

    The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) worked in consultation with state and territory governments and the technology sector to develop a comprehensive technologies curriculum comprising of two subjects (Digital Technologies and Design and Technologies) for primary through to Year 10.

    Currently, government, industry and education stakeholders are working together on implementation of the Australian Curriculum.

    In Queensland, the Department of Education and Training is developing comprehensive support materials for school implementation of the Australian Curriculum for technologies. In addition, State Schools division has established a STEM team to assist schools to review the way STEM subjects are taught and showcase successful teaching approaches aimed at improving student achievement and increasing the number of students choosing STEM pathways. Innovative ways of teaching Digital Technologies will be highlighted.

    Having a more technologically literate population will help our economic competitiveness and provide a better chance for Queensland to achieve its vision of becoming a ‘globally recognised innovation hub’ in coming decades.

    Whatever your opinion – we have a fundamental responsibility to equip our children with skills for the digital future and provide them with opportunities to lead rather than follow.


  • Big cost of staying connected - especially if you have little ones

    by Kylie, about 3 years ago
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    over 1 year ago

    If you have children living at home, you are 50 per cent more likely to stay digitally connected declares the recent Suncorp ‘Cost of Being Digitally Savvy’ report.

    Adults with children at home also spent an average of $2,993 on technology each year, while those without only handed over $2,006.

    Call and data plans for phones and internet were the largest single expense for households.

    “This accounted for the greatest spending divide, costing $244 extra for families with children at home,” Suncorp Bank Regional Manager, Monique Reynolds said.

    NBN Co’s network traffic latest report also shows...

    over 1 year ago

    If you have children living at home, you are 50 per cent more likely to stay digitally connected declares the recent Suncorp ‘Cost of Being Digitally Savvy’ report.

    Adults with children at home also spent an average of $2,993 on technology each year, while those without only handed over $2,006.

    Call and data plans for phones and internet were the largest single expense for households.

    “This accounted for the greatest spending divide, costing $244 extra for families with children at home,” Suncorp Bank Regional Manager, Monique Reynolds said.

    NBN Co’s network traffic latest report also shows growth in heavy internet usage and this was supported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics report, showing average broadband downloads grew by more than 33 percent in the last year.

    Suncorp have offered some words of advice to help families’ better manage their digital expenses; create a realistic budget, Watch your downloads and choose the right data plan.

    Read the full Suncorp article for an in-depth look at the facts and figures.