Digital Nation Conference

Good Things Foundation Australia's first digital inclusion conference on 4 August 2021.

Our first Australian digital inclusion conference Digital Nation: Building a Connected, Capable, Confident Country, was held on 4th August 2021.

We brought our network together along with stakeholders and advocates to celebrate our shared successes, to look back at the challenges we’ve overcome, and look ahead at what still needs to be done as we continue to work towards a fully digitally included country.

The conference built on our Digital Nation resources, which paint the picture of who is digitally excluded in Australia and the factors that impact levels of digital inclusion. We highlighted the stories, experiences, and expertise of those doing the work on the ground plus insights from the latest research. We looked at what’s working and what’s not, and focused on what is required now and into the future to ensure Australia is a thriving digital nation – connected, capable, and confident – where no one is left behind


As it happened

Catch up on all the presentations and workshops from Good Things Foundation Australia’s first digital inclusion conference.


Conference program

View the final program.

Meet our speakers

Helen Milner Group CEO, Good Things Foundation - Keynote Address

Julie Inman Grant eSafety Commissioner - Keynote Address

Jess Wilson Chief Executive Officer, Good Things Foundation Australia

Professor Michael Dezuanni Digital Media Research Centre, QUT

Tricia Pye National Director and Lead Trainer, The Tec Exec Australia

Wendy Field Head of Policy & Programs, The Smith Family

Sonya Moon Community Learning Coordinator, Libraries Tasmania

Natika Hawes-Wright Lead Digital Mentor - Be Connected Project, ASCCA

Sandra Elhelw-Wright CEO, Settlement Council of Australia

Derek Tink Community Advisor, Digital IQ

Carlos Encina Manager, NSW SLASA (NSW Spanish and Latin American Association)

Anthony McCosker Assoc Prof of Media & Communications, Swinburne University

Dr Wayne Hawkins Director of Inclusion, ACCAN

Corina Dutlow Lead Digital Mentor, Australian-Filipino Community Services

Dr Melinda Choy GP & Academic Lecturer, Australian National University

Mark Pearce CEO, Volunteering Australia

Hung Doan Executive Officer and Program Manager, Indochinese Elderly Refugees Association (IERA)

Stuart Bastock Head of Training, Macquarie Community College

Jack Growden Founder & CEO, LiteHaus International

Dennis Stokes CEO, First Nations Media Australia

Meet our facilitators

Meet the members of the Good Things Foundation team facilitating the Conference.

Liz Jones Head of Collaborative Projects

Cassandra Strakosch Head of Communications & Engagement

Bridget Rowe-Sykes Head of Network

Tom Grant Network Development Manager

Dannielle Meredith Community Learning & Development Manager

Jo Cavanagh OAM Chair of Board, Good Things Foundation Australia

Keynote speakers


Helen Milner Headshot

Helen Milner OBE

Group CEO, Good Things Foundation

Helen Milner will bring her experience leading significant, impactful digital inclusion initiatives in the UK and Australia to present a keynote address - 'Creating Digital Nations: Now and in the future'.

Photograph of Julie Grant

Julie Inman Grant

eSafety Commissioner

Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.