Constituents in Barker now have free access to advice and assistance on telecommunications issues, thanks to the Regional Tech Hub launched this week by the Liberal and Nationals Government.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin said the Regional Tech Hub will help rural Australians understand the telecommunications options available to them, decide which option best suits their needs, and resolve problems they experience with their phone and internet connections.

“The Regional Tech Hub delivers on the Government’s commitment to help improve the digital literacy of Australians in regional, rural and remote areas by providing a one-stop source of independent, practical advice,” Mr Pasin said.

“Australians in rural areas needing practical advice on their telecommunications options and issues can visit the Regional Tech Hub website at or contact the Hub’s hotline on 1300 081 029.”

Speaking at the launch of the Regional Tech Hub, Minister Coulton said the Federal Government is committed to improving digital connectivity and access to the internet for all Australians.

“The Regional Tech Hub is an important part of our approach to ensuring people understand all the options available to them, from mobile networks to the NBN Sky Muster Plus,” Minister Coulton said.

The Regional Tech Hub has been funded as part of the Government’s $220 million Stronger Regional Digital Connectivity Program, which was announced in March 2019 in response to the recommendations of the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.

The National Farmers’ Federation was selected to develop and run the Hub following a tender process earlier this year.  The NFF is working closely with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network to ensure the information provided through the Hub is practical, relevant and easily accessible.

The NFF has been contracted to deliver the Tech Hub for an initial 12 months with an option for a further two year extension.



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