Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent has encouraged local community organisations to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors online.

Mr Broadbent said that the Turnbull Government was providing grants of up to $50,000 to local organisations to deliver free digital skills training to people over 50 as part of the Be Connected Program.

“By joining the Be Connected Network, organisations help seniors across McMillan to maintain their independence and keep connected with family and friends.

“Participants in the program get free, personalised face-to-face coaching and access to interactive tutorials and resources.

“Local organisations including Gippsland Employment Skills and Training, Leongatha Community House, Manna Gum Community House, Outlook Community Centre, Warragul Business Group, and Warragul Community House are already delivering the program locally, but more are needed.

“I encourage organisations in McMillan to join the network of local partners and offer digital skills and social support to seniors in our community.

More than 1,500 organisations have already joined the Be Connected Network across Australia, including libraries, community centres, clubs and aged care facilities.

To find out more information about Be Connected or to join the network, go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au or call 1300 795 897.