The Hon Michelle Rowland MP
Minister for Communications
Member for Greenway
Anne Stanley MP
Member for Werriwa
Back to School with Free Home Broadband
With the return of the 2024 school year fast approaching, local families in Werriwa are being encouraged to check if they are eligible for free home broadband through the Albanese Government’s School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI).
To ensure more Australians school students can enjoy the transformational benefit of broadband, the Albanese Government is investing $8.8 million to connect up to 30,000 eligible families with school-aged children to the NBN.
The affordability initiative has been extended through to 31 December 2025, meaning even more families can benefit from a free home broadband connection for longer.
Currently, over 6,000 households have already been connected to free internet through the SSBI, and a further 18,000 vouchers have been issued to eligible families to get connected.
To be eligible, a family must:
- Have a child living at home and enrolled in an Australian school;
- Have no active home broadband service over the NBN network;
- Live in premises that can access a standard NBN service.
Families interested in the SSBI can contact the National Referral Centre on 1800 954 610 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AEDT) to have their eligibility assessed.
The Government is considering options to further support participating families at the end of 2025, including asking the NBN Low-Income and Digital Inclusion Forum to examine discounted products.
For more information on the SSBI, visit: www.infrastructure.gov.au/SSBI
Quotes attributable to Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:
“As students around Australia prepare to go back to school, it is essential they have access to reliable, fast home broadband to fully engage in online learning and connect with teachers and peers.
“Not only does this initiative support educational outcomes, it benefits entire households who can access essential digital services like telehealth and banking from home.
“The School Student Broadband Initiative is another example of the Albanese Government helping families struggling with the cost of living whilst narrowing the digital divide.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Werriwa, Ms Anne Stanley MP:
“Broadband has become an essential for education and the Albanese Government is supporting eligible families access free broadband for 12 months.
“The School Student Broadband Initiative will help those families in our community who cannot afford internet access and will help close the education gap.
“Internet access is critical to the education of students and no child should be left behind.”
Media Contact: Anne Stanley MP (Alaa Ahmad): (02) 8783 0977