We make a real impact by working with partners, engaging people through local support and ultimately transforming people’s lives through digital.
Our local network of partners in Australia engage people with community-based learning, offering digital skills as part of a package of support based on an individual’s need.
Digitally excluded people lack a voice and visibility in the modern world, as government services and democracy increasingly move online.
What’s more, it’s those already at a disadvantage - through age, education, income, disability, or unemployment - who are most likely to be missing out, further widening the social inequality gap.
We work hard to improve digital capability for all, because we believe that everyone can enjoy a greater quality of life and wellbeing through digital.
2.5 million people in Australia don’t have the basic digital skills they need to thrive in today’s world. How much are they missing out on?
There are over 2,000 Network Partners across Australia, ranging from libraries to Men's Sheds, community centres to retirement villages, and computer clubs to cultural groups. One thing they have in common is their commitment to providing people over 50 with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in a digital world. A friendly face and non-judgemental support are always available when you walk through the door of any community organisation in the Be Connected Network.
Good Things Foundation coordinates the Be Connected Network. We join the dots between community organisations to ensure no one gets left behind. Together we create a large-scale platform for social change and help older Australians be connected.
Good Things Foundation brought Get Online Week to Australia for the first time from 15-21 October 2018.
Get Online Week began in 2007 in the UK as an initiative to bring digital inclusion to national attention. Since then the campaign has grown into a week-long annual celebration, with thousands of events taking place each year, bringing digital skills and know-how to everyone. This year's Get Online Week took place for the first time in Australia from the 15-21 October 2018.
Over 750 events were held across Australia, helping people with limited digital skills make the most of the internet. We worked together with commercial partners, stakeholders in government and community organisations to reach out and encourage people to get involved and #try1thing new online.