Be Connected

Increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians, empowering everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.

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

We’ve built a network of 3,500 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 all 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 running the Be Connected program.

We support community organisations to deliver the Be Connected program through capacity building resources and training, ongoing mentoring and support, and providing skillsharing opportunities.

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

We also manage the Be Connected helpline phone number, connecting learners with digital mentors near them, and have been running a national marketing campaign to raise awareness of the free support available to over 50’s in their community through this program.

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.


Be Connected creates major value for the community and connects more older Australians

A recent evaluation found Be Connected has a significant impact on building the digital skills, confidence and online safety practices of older Australians.

The latest news and stories from the Be Connected Network