Barker will benefit from the Federal Government’s new Regional Digital Technology Hub to be developed and operated by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF).


Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said that the new Hub will support regional, rural and remote Australians to build their digital capabilities.


“Our Government recognises that regional Australians have unique needs and face different challenges when it comes to digital communications,” Mr Pasin said.


“The new Digital Tech Hub will support people in regional Australia with information to find the right telecommunication solutions for their homes and businesses, and better harness the benefits of connectivity and technology.”


The NFF will provide a platform that is focussed on regional consumers and regional issues. People will be able to access support over the phone, through social media and online, to help solve issues with their phone and internet services, find the latest applications for their homes or businesses, and understand their rights as consumers and where to go to escalate faults.


“Digital communications are no longer considered a luxury. It’s a necessary tool for doing business, for growing regional economies and our Agricultural industries and this Hub will help consumers get the most out of digital technology.”


“The COVID pandemic has highlighted how beneficial digital technologies can be in for staying connected. We’ve seen the great benefits of using digital technology for health and education outcomes in recent months,” Mr Pasin said.


The Digital Technology Hub is part of the Government’s $220 million Stronger Regional Digital Connectivity Package, which was announced in March 2019 in response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.


The NFF has been selected to develop and run the Hub following a competitive open tender process. The Hub is expected to be operational and online before the end of 2020.

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