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.