Shifting a move online

Volunteer tutor Henry Law with one of his students, Phillip Roche. Picture: OUTLOOK

While the world is shifting online, more than 2.5 million Australians remain offline, with a further 4 million having limited digital skills.

Monday 14 October will mark the start of ‘Get Online Week 2019’, an initiative where more than 1000 events across the country will be held in a bid to provide support for people wishing to improve their digital skills.

Pakenham’s Outlook Community Centre will get involved in the digital inclusion campaign by hosting a special ‘Making the Most of the Internet’ event on Tuesday 15 October.

“We’re opening our doors to show that everyone can learn and that we’re here to help,” Outlook’s Alison Ryan said.

The day will consist of displays and information sessions with a free scanning service on offer to encourage attendees to bring in documents and photos to be scanned onto a free USB stick for safe keeping.

Get Online Week is organised by Good Things Foundation which aims to help Australians improve their digital skill set and reduce the digital divide.

“As government and corporate services are increasingly moving online, whether you want to pay a bill, access customer support or book an appointment, you need digital skills,” Good Things National Director Jess Wilson said.

“Digital literacy is also essential for our country’s economic prosperity, for people seeking employment, or staying connected to loved ones overseas.

“Get Online Week helps to ensure no one gets left behind in our digital world.”

The event will be held from 10.00am till 3pm at 24 Toomuc Valley Road in Pakenham.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can find digital skills support at a Get Online Week event near you by visiting www.getonlineweek.com or calling Good Things Foundation on 1300 795 897.