Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson has released the Digital Inclusion in WA Blueprint which outlines the Government's aims and strategic approach to address digital disadvantage across the State.
Digital inclusion aims to give people of all ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, abilities, income levels, and locations, the skills and tools to access and engage with digital technology and online services. As part of the Digital Inclusion in WA Blueprint there will be a major upgrade to improve online services at regional sites across the State. A Digital Inclusion Partnership Framework will be implemented to facilitate co-investment opportunities amongst the community services sector, industry, government and the wider community to address the key barriers to digital inclusion - connectivity, affordability, skills and the design of digital services. This includes a Western Australian Council of Social Service led initiative, funded through a $3.9 million Lotterywest grant that aims to improve digital skills, knowledge and capability needs for frontline-community service workers and digitally disadvantaged people in WA metropolitan and regional locations.
Read Minister Dawson's full media statement