IA CEO Laurie Patton offered the assistance, saying today that there was a so-called digital divide between those with access to the Internet and those who are yet to be connected.
IA met recently with the head of the DTO, Paul Shetler and Patton said the organisation came away “very impressed with Mr Shetler’s willingness to collaborate with us and other civil society groups.”
Patton noted that 2016 is the National Year of Digital Inclusion, and the need to ensure that everyone is able to benefit from the work of the DTO. “It is one thing to create online systems for dealing with government, but that will only work if people have access to the Internet and the skills to use it,” Patton said.
“We simply want to make sure that the community’s interests are taken into account and that this doesn’t just turn into a cost saving exercise for government departments,” Patton said.
Internet Australia is one of a number of organisations who are supporting the National Year of Digital Inclusion, an initiative of Infoxchange with the financial backing of Australia Post.