Lifelong learning grows as NBN opens up new online opportunities

20 August 2018
New research shows Australians of all ages – especially older people – are taking full advantage of online learning opportunities thanks to fast broadband access on the Turnbull Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN).
The findings are the third instalment of the Connecting Australia report commissioned by NBN Co and were launched today by the Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield and the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt MP at Parliament House.
Minister Fifield said this latest research demonstrates that the NBN is a game changer for education and will open up a wealth of new possibilities.
“Access to fast and reliable broadband, no matter where you live, is the key to unlocking a world of opportunities. That is why the Government is focussed on ensuring all Australians are able to connect as soon as possible,” said Minister Fifield.
“It’s great to see that there has already been a strong uptake of online learning courses by Australians of all ages, particularly in NBN active areas.”
Minister Wyatt said the research is a positive indicator of how broadband connectivity can boost digital learning opportunities and provide access to new educational tools.
“This is an exciting new opportunity to extend the capacity for lifelong learning,” said Minister Wyatt.
“The research tells us that Australians aged over 65 are the fastest growing adopters of non-formal education, such as watching tutorials and completing online courses, and the NBN is a key factor.
“79 per cent of users in this demographic with an NBN connection are actively engaged in learning activities online, compared with 52 per cent of non-NBN users.
“Everyone should have the knowledge and confidence to enjoy internet education and services, which is why we’re working with NBN Co through programs like BeConnected to help people get the most out of being online.”
NBN Co released the report’s initial findings earlier this year, which highlighted the positive impacts the network rollout is already having on business and economic growth.
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