The Be Connected Network

Be Connected is an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world. 

Good Things Foundation coordinates the Be Connected Network. We join the dots between community organisations to ensure no one gets left behind. 

We’ve built a Network of over 3,000 community organisations across Australia who help older Australians learn digital skills. These organisations range 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.

We manage the $20 million Be Connected Grants program available to community organisations in the Be Connected Network. These grants, ranging from $1,500 to $50,000, help them to deliver programs that support their communities and build capacity in the sector.

We work in partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Social Services to deliver the Be Connected program.

Together, we create a large-scale platform for social change and help older Australians be connected.

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250,000 people supported so far

Be Connected is not just a website; it is a national movement of community organisations working across Australia to support people with their digital skills.

Find out what we have achieved in our two years of managing the Be Connected Network.

Read our report

Stories from the Be Connected Network

| Our stories
The recent crises Australians have faced across the country this year have highlighted the need to have basic digital skills.
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Having basic digital skills can make life that little bit easier when living in a regional community.
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AFCS wanted to connect with new Australian friends while remaining in touch with their family overseas.

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