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Project Description

We will work with local stakeholders, such as the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, to determine the best ways to promote further uptake of the National Broadband Network and deliver programs to improve digital literacy in the community.

Progress Statement

In 2017, The Van Diemen Project provided a list of recommended programs operating in the Launceston region that could be utilised to deliver on the commitment. One of those programs is the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS), a funding round run by the Australian Government Department of the Treasury. The next round will be focused on assisting small businesses to enhance their digital skills and capabilities.

The ASBAS funding round will provide $18.02 million over the next 3 years, including $6.25 million to cover Tasmania, as well as South Australia and Victoria. Successful applicants will provide services to businesses across the entire area. Applications closed on 6 March 2018. Successful providers will be announced before funding is released on 2 July 2018.

Next Steps and Milestones

Q3 2018: Successful provider to be announced to assist small businesses to enhance their digital skills and capabilities.

Ongoing: Consult the Tasmanian Government and Launceston Chamber of Commerce on other recommended programs to deliver improvement to digital literacy.

Financial Information

Costs associated with improving digital literacy are funded through existing programs.

Responsibilities

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce.

Project partner: Van Diemen Project – providing advice on programs to support digital literacy.