Portfolio: Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Why is this important?
- Remote Indigenous communities lack communication infrastructure.
- The Cape York Digital Network was funded by the Australian Government to provide communications services in Cape York communities in 2001.
- This new initiative provides funding for existing online access centres which will continue to provide support for users and build communications capacity in communities.
Who will benefit?
- The online access centres are located in six sites at Hopevale, Napranum, Umagico, Coen, Injinoo and Lockhart River.
- Benefits to these communities include: increased access to commercial and government services provided online; increased technology awareness and IT skills in communities; direct employment of community staff; and increased opportunities for economic development and participation.
What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?
- The Australian Government will provide $2.2 million over four years.
What have we done in the past?
- The Australian Government has funded the establishment of the Cape York Digital Network and the services it provides to Indigenous communities in Cape York since 2001.
When will the initiative conclude?
- The funding will conclude on 30 June 2011.