Regional digital literacy training
INNOVATION, Science and the Digital Economy Minister Leeanne Enoch has announced Queensland’s remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will receive digital literacy training.
Speaking during NAIDOC Week celebrations, Ms Enoch said the new Deadly Digital Communities program will be delivered through the State Library of Queensland, Telstra and local councils.
Ms Enoch said the program will see community based training and professional development delivered to 26 regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland.
“This is a huge step towards closing the gap and improving the digital inclusion of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Ms Enoch said.
“It is programs like this that boost our state’s entrepreneurial culture, by giving all Queenslanders the skills needed for the jobs of the future.”
Telstra’s chief sustainability officer Tim O’Leary said the company was committed to working with organisations such as the State Library of Queensland to improve digital inclusion.
“As more and more services and daily interactions move online, being able to use digital technologies brings vital health, social and financial benefits – especially for Indigenous people in remote locations,” Mr O’Leary said.
“We believe digital literacy has become an essential skill in the digital age.”
Deadly Digital Communities is an initiative of the State Library of Queensland and Telstra in partnership with Indigenous Knowledge Centres and local councils with 13 new knowledge centres.