"This is a win for everyone. To provide the best service the department constantly updates its technology – but that means a lot of old computers need new homes. Making them affordable for the people who need them most makes good sense," Senator Kim Carr said.
WorkVentures CEO, Arsenio Alegre, said the organisation had spent 33 years helping people at risk of social and economic exclusion “improve their lives using the benefits of technology,” and he said said the new contract with the department was a vote of confidence in the program.
"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are almost 1.5 million Australian households without a computer. WorkVentures is committed to helping those households access government and business services online, search for jobs and get connected with family and friends using technology.
"Ensuring a consistent supply of computers is our greatest challenge. This new partnership helps to strengthen our supply and achieve economies of scale – meaning lower prices."
Alegre said that since 2002, WorkVentures had refurbished and resold more than 35,000 computers and he said that laptop computers with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and a laptop bag were priced from $319, including delivery.