The Be Connected Network

Do good things in your community

Help people get online safely and confidently.

Community organisations in our network get access to grant funding, specialist training, free resources and support from Good Things Foundation.

Join a national movement to close Australia's digital divide.

Registrations to join Good Things Foundation's Be Connected Network will reopen July 2024.

Let us know you are interested in joining the network by emailing us at connect@goodthingsfoundation.org. We would love to hear from you!

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The Be Connected Network is made up of community partners from around Australia helping to make a difference in the lives of digitally excluded people. There are over 3,000 Network Partners across Australia, from libraries to Men's Sheds, community centres to retirement villages, and computer clubs to cultural groups.

Our Network Partners have access to free learning materials with information and interactive training tools and resources for people wanting to learn digital skills, including older Australians. A friendly face and non-judgemental support are available when you walk through the door of a community organisation in the Be Connected Network.


Benefits to joining the Network

Community organisations in our network get access to funding, professional development and free learning materials from Good Things Foundation Australia to help them close the digital divide.

Organisations who join the Network have access to:


Support for your programs


Promotion via our online map


A learner management system


Fantastic learning content


Help to find digital mentors


Help to market yourself


Funding opportunities


Training and resources


Information sharing


We will listen to your feedback and evolve the network offer based on your needs and the needs of the network partners across Australia.


Who can the network help?

The Be Connected Network have access to a range of digital inclusion programs offered by Good Things Foundation. This includes the national Be Connected program (which the network is named after) that supports people over 50 to be safer and confident online. Our programs also include digital health literacy projects, device library programs, support for low income families, and national campaigns like Get Online Week.

Read more about Good Things Foundation's digital inclusion programs.

Eligibility

To be eligible to join the Network you'll need to:

  • Provide free and friendly support to help people use the internet
  • Commit to helping at least three new people per month.
  • Keep yourself legal and protected - with accessible premises, public liability insurance, and police checks for Digital Mentors and volunteers.

You must also sign up to our Quality Promise

The Quality Promise is simple. It asks that every partner of the Network follows six simple promises to help every person who comes through the door to get online. These promises are:

  1. Everyone is given a friendly welcome.
  2. Everyone is offered a safe place to learn.
  3. Everyone is treated fairly with respect
  4. Everyone is given free help and support to use computers and the internet to gain basic digital skills.
  5. Everyone is provided with a clear journey so they know what skills they are going to be taught.
  6. Everyone is given advice on what to do next, including being signposted to progression opportunities outside of your organisations

Once you have joined the Network, you will gain free access to our programs and funding opportunities. Please note that some grants and programs have additional eligibility criteria.


Find other community organisations that share a passion for digital inclusion who are part of the network.

Find out about the current funding opportunities available to organisations in the Be Connected Network.

Subscribe to the Network Partner newsletter to get the latest updates on programs by Good Things Foundation.

About Good Things Foundation Australia

We're a social change charity committed to closing Australia's digital divide. Our Be Connected Network of 3,500 community partners help us reach people most in need of digital inclusion support.

Together we have helped hundreds of thousands of people get online more safely and confidently.