The federal government will provide $21.7 million in funding for its National Broadband Network-enabled education and skills services program. The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced the funding at the CeBit tradeshow and Sydney, saying the NBN will be vital to the delivery of online education.
"The NBN will support the delivery of online learning through the video and web-conferencing platforms needed for 21st century education, training and skills development,” Conroy said.
Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, backed the investment, saying that the funding will compliment the Digital Education Revolution funding.
“This program adds to our investment of more than $2.4 billion in the Digital Education Revolution,” Garrett said. “This provides Australian students with the tools that will be essential for their fast-changing digital world.”
Program funding is set to target the first test sites of the NBN, with draft funding guidelines expected to be released for comment by the middle of this year.
The funding is part of the government’s National Digital Economy Strategy.
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