The Australian Government is providing up to 30,000 unconnected families with school aged children across all states and territories with a free National Broadband Network (NBN) connection for 12 months.
The initiative will provide 50 megabits per second (Mbps) fixedline services, Fixed-Wireless Plus and Sky Muster Plus services, depending on where the family lives, with large or unlimited data quotas. The School Student Broadband Initiative is an affordability measure to narrow the digital divide and boost education opportunities for students without access to home internet.
To be eligible, a family must:
- Have a child living at home that is enrolled in an Australian school in 2023.
- Have no active NBN service.
- Be referred by the Member for Leichhardt’s office, or a constituents Federal Member of Parliament.
Leichhardt constituents interested in the School Student Broadband Initiative are encouraged to reach out to Warren Entsch’s office Warren.Entsch.MP@aph.gov.au or on (07) 4051 2220 to see if they are eligible for the initiative.
Separate to the School Student Broadband Initiative, the Government is also investing in full-fibre upgrades so that homes, schools, and businesses can access higher speeds and additional capacity.
This will see up to 90 per cent of premises in the NBN fixed line footprint able to access 500 Mbps to close to world-class gigabit download speeds by 2025.