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    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch
    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    All hands on tech: Queensland seniors get tech savvy

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    All hands on tech: Queensland seniors get tech savvy

    Older Queenslanders will have greater opportunities to connect with their family and the community through technology, with the launch of a new state-wide program aiming to help seniors navigate the digital world.

    Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke and Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch launched the Tech Savvy Seniors initiative, in partnership with the State Library of Queensland and Telstra, in Brisbane today.

    “Queensland seniors who complete a Tech Savvy Seniors course will gain basic technology skills, including how to use an iPad, navigate social media, shop online and access government services,” Minister O’Rourke said.

    “Tech Savvy Seniors will provide older Queenslanders with the skills they need to access essential digital services and ensure they can participate more in the community and stay connected to family and friends.

    "Developing the confidence and skills to use technology and be part of the digital community and economy has become increasingly important to our seniors.”

    Minister Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government recognised the diverse needs of older Queenslanders and had provided $350,000 of funding, through State Library of Queensland and Department of Communities, to Queensland public libraries to help deliver the training course.

    “Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland is one example of our Government’s commitment to improving service delivery through the efficient use of information and communications technology,” Minister Enoch said.

    “This great program joins a suite of initiatives, introduced by the Palaszczuk Government, aiming to improve access, information and available services for older Queenslanders.”

    Telstra Chief Sustainability Officer Tim O’Leary said Telstra was excited to be introducing the successful Tech Savvy Seniors program to Queensland as part of its commitment to helping all Australians enjoy the benefits of being connected.

    "New communication technology gives people the opportunity to be more connected than ever, whether it be staying in touch with family and friends on social media or connecting with people and services in your local community," Mr O’Leary said.

    "Developing the confidence and skills to use technology and be part of the digital community and economy is increasingly important for seniors. We want to make sure no one misses out on the benefits of being connected and we’re pleased to be expanding the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program to reach new audiences."

    Minister O’Rourke said a Seniors Summit would be held directly after the launch to discuss the Palaszczuk Government’s new seniors strategy – ‘Queensland – an age friendly community’.

    “We’re proud supporters of our ageing population and have provided $7.5 million towards seniors support programs and services in the 2015-16 budget.

    “Tech Savvy Seniors, the Seniors Summit and the new seniors strategy are important components of our overarching plan to create an age-friendly Queensland.”

    For further information about other seniors initiatives, go to www.communities.qld.gov.au/communityservices/seniors

    Media Contact: Minister O’Rourke’s office 3719 7184/ Minister Enoch’s office 3719 7281