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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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  • Pitch in! Become a digital volunteer

    by Kylie, almost 3 years ago

    about 1 month ago

    State Library of Queensland are calling for digital volunteers to tag historic photographs, newspaper articles and documents, or even share your own Queensland story.

    Read more here.


    about 1 month ago

    State Library of Queensland are calling for digital volunteers to tag historic photographs, newspaper articles and documents, or even share your own Queensland story.

    Read more here.


  • QUT Digital Media Research Centre call for prospective postgraduate research students

    by Kylie, almost 3 years ago

    about 1 month ago

    The Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) aims to conduct world-leading research that helps society understand and adapt to the changing digital media environment.

    As part of QUT’s annual Scholarship Round, the DMRC is calling for interest from prospective postgraduate research students.

    An expression of interest is closing 30 September 2016 for entry in early 2017.

    Read more here.


    about 1 month ago

    The Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) aims to conduct world-leading research that helps society understand and adapt to the changing digital media environment.

    As part of QUT’s annual Scholarship Round, the DMRC is calling for interest from prospective postgraduate research students.

    An expression of interest is closing 30 September 2016 for entry in early 2017.

    Read more here.


  • Alert for Pokémon Go

    by Kylie, almost 3 years ago

    2 months ago

    Stay Smart Online have issued an alert and reported on a number of incidents which have resulted in unsafe activity, including near-misses between cars and pedestrians. Stay Smart Online also provides information on safety when using mobile devices.

    Read more here.


    2 months ago

    Stay Smart Online have issued an alert and reported on a number of incidents which have resulted in unsafe activity, including near-misses between cars and pedestrians. Stay Smart Online also provides information on safety when using mobile devices.

    Read more here.


  • Australian Government warns of tax-themed scams

    by Kylie, almost 3 years ago

    4 months ago

    Stay Smart Online has warned that criminals continue to trick people into paying money using tax-themed scams. The Australian Taxation Office has provided a clear course of action to ensure that you are talking to a legitimate ATO representative.

    Read more here.


    4 months ago

    Stay Smart Online has warned that criminals continue to trick people into paying money using tax-themed scams. The Australian Taxation Office has provided a clear course of action to ensure that you are talking to a legitimate ATO representative.

    Read more here.


  • ACCAN releases fact sheets on Sky Muster service

    by Kylie, almost 3 years ago

    5 months ago

    The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has released fact sheets on Sky Muster (or nbn’s Long Term Satellite Service). ACCAN has provided information on what to expect from a Sky Muster broadband service, switching from another satellite service, choosing a plan to suit your needs, and who to contact for further information.

    Read more here.


    5 months ago

    The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has released fact sheets on Sky Muster (or nbn’s Long Term Satellite Service). ACCAN has provided information on what to expect from a Sky Muster broadband service, switching from another satellite service, choosing a plan to suit your needs, and who to contact for further information.

    Read more here.


  • Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy released

    by Kylie, almost 3 years ago

    5 months ago

    A $230 million cyber safety plan has been outlined by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

    The strategy establishes five themes of action for Australia’s cyber security over the next four years:

    1. A national cyber partnership
    2. Strong cyber defences
    3. Global responsibility and influence
    4. Growth and innovation
    5. A cyber smart nation

    Read more here.


    5 months ago

    A $230 million cyber safety plan has been outlined by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

    The strategy establishes five themes of action for Australia’s cyber security over the next four years:

    1. A national cyber partnership
    2. Strong cyber defences
    3. Global responsibility and influence
    4. Growth and innovation
    5. A cyber smart nation

    Read more here.


  • AQCDC opens online business in regional community hit by end of mining boom

    by Kylie, almost 3 years ago

    5 months ago

    Melissa Westcott, an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion (AQCDC), spoke with the ABC about how she opened her business in her hometown during the mining bust.

    Read more here.


    5 months ago

    Melissa Westcott, an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion (AQCDC), spoke with the ABC about how she opened her business in her hometown during the mining bust.

    Read more here.


  • More champions helping Queenslanders to embrace digital technologies

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

    6 months ago

    On 17 March 2016 Minister Enoch announced more outstanding individuals selected as Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions in Parliament.

    Our newest champions will help other Queenslanders reap the rewards of using digital technologies in their everyday lives and improve digital adoption across the state.

    They range from seniors helping their community to become more digitally savvy and participate online to students who are acting as mentors and encouraging other young Queenslanders to be innovators and creators of technology, not just consumers.

    The champions include a researcher involved in mobile health innovation for the prevention of cardio disease,...

    6 months ago

    On 17 March 2016 Minister Enoch announced more outstanding individuals selected as Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions in Parliament.

    Our newest champions will help other Queenslanders reap the rewards of using digital technologies in their everyday lives and improve digital adoption across the state.

    They range from seniors helping their community to become more digitally savvy and participate online to students who are acting as mentors and encouraging other young Queenslanders to be innovators and creators of technology, not just consumers.

    The champions include a researcher involved in mobile health innovation for the prevention of cardio disease, an indigenous Queenslander helping to preserve local languages through an App as well as a range of small business operators who are using digital technology to improve business efficiencies, access global markets and sharing this knowledge with others.

    From across the state, our champions are involved in the community care, health, tourism, manufacturing and education sectors. They include multicultural and indigenous Queenslanders.

    Be inspired by these individuals and their commitment to help others in the community—www.qld.gov.au/digitalchampions


  • Endeavour Foundation - enabling communities

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

    10 months ago

    The ABC has reported that a series of digital technology workshops organised by Endeavour Foundation in Cairns and Townsville is helping people with disabilities and their support workers to be more digitally savvy. Read more here.

    See other digital workshops available through the Endeavour Foundation here.


    10 months ago

    The ABC has reported that a series of digital technology workshops organised by Endeavour Foundation in Cairns and Townsville is helping people with disabilities and their support workers to be more digitally savvy. Read more here.

    See other digital workshops available through the Endeavour Foundation here.


  • Disaster Donations: GIVIT launches giving app to ease donation process

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

    by Juliette Wright, 11 months ago

    Vulnerable Australians impacted by recent weather events will receive more support, through a new app designed to better connect those who have with those who need, said Australia’s Local Hero and GIVIT CEO Juliette Wright.

    Ms Wright, who created digital platform GIVIT in 2009 to fight growing poverty within Australia through the donation of material items, said the app will enable donors to give easily, safely and effectively to those in need via a simple three-step upload process.

    “Poverty is growing in Australia with an estimated 2.5 million people living below the poverty line,”...

    by Juliette Wright, 11 months ago

    Vulnerable Australians impacted by recent weather events will receive more support, through a new app designed to better connect those who have with those who need, said Australia’s Local Hero and GIVIT CEO Juliette Wright.

    Ms Wright, who created digital platform GIVIT in 2009 to fight growing poverty within Australia through the donation of material items, said the app will enable donors to give easily, safely and effectively to those in need via a simple three-step upload process.

    “Poverty is growing in Australia with an estimated 2.5 million people living below the poverty line,” Ms Wright said. “We’re working to fight those figures via an app which makes giving easy and captures the generous donations of everyday Australians – all from the palm of their hand.

    “The app allows people to take a photo of the item they wish to donate, then submit details via a three-step process. This goes into GIVIT’s virtual warehouse for all charities to see and reserve when required.

    “Alternatively people can search what is currently needed within their area and then easily donate those items, ensuring charities have what they need through the simple act of giving.

    “The app not only enables people to give more easily, but fosters community connections by educating them about the current need within their local area. It really is game-changing.”

    The free GIVIT app is now live and available for downloading on iTunes.

    Ms Wright said the app will be incredibly valuable during times of disaster in Queensland, as an easy way for people to help rural, remote and regional communities who have lost everything.

    “During Cyclone Marcia more than 15,000 urgently required items were donated through GIVIT to help those affected within 10 days. We would expect that number to triple if people were able to use their phones to donate to others in need, especially during times when power, computers and communication lines are down.”

    GIVIT currently supports 1,100 of Australia’s most trusted charities by sourcing quality urgently needed items direct from the public. Since it was established in 2009, more than 221,000 donations have been matched to assist vulnerable, marginalised and impoverished Australians.

    “Somewhere in Australia, there is a pair of unwanted work boots that could help a father secure work to support his family, a reliable washing machine that will allow a single mother the time to apply for work instead of washing clothes by hand and a bed that could provide someone the chance to live in their own home,” Ms Wright said. “I want all Australians to understand how one simple, donated item has the ability to pull someone else out of poverty."

    To donate, please visit www.givit.org.au.