WA releases draft Digital Inclusion Blueprint

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 29 July, 2020

WA releases draft Digital Inclusion Blueprint

The Western Australian Government has released a draft of the state's new Digital Inclusion Blueprint for public consultation.

The new blueprint will seek to increase digital literacy among the state's residents and equip them with the skills and tools to access and engage with digital technology and online services.

The initiative is also aimed at narrowing the digital divide by increasing digital literacy among people of all ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, abilities, income levels and locations.

According to WA Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly, although people worldwide spend an average of six hours a day online, 11.6% of WA households do not have access to the internet, and 26% of the state's lowest income earners do not access the internet.

"The McGowan government is committed to empowering all members of the Western Australian community to confidently and safely enjoy the benefits of digital technologies in their everyday lives," he said.

"The recent pandemic has further highlighted the challenges for those in our community who do not have ready access to these technologies. The draft blueprint outlines a strategy for government, community and industry to work together to build on existing initiatives as well as develop new ways to improve digital inclusion for Western Australians."

The draft blueprint will remain open to public and industry feedback until 18 September.

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