As students begin another school year, local families in Werriwa are urged to check their eligibility for free home broadband through the Albanese Government’s School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI).

The nationwide initiative, extended until the end of 2025, offers free home internet to eligible families, potentially saving them up to $2000, according to NBN.

Member for Werriwa, Anne Stanley MP, emphasized the importance of broadband in education and highlighted the government’s commitment to supporting eligible families with 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,” Ms Stanley said.

The SSBI aims to bridge the digital divide by providing internet access to families in need. The Albanese Government is investing $8.8 million to connect up to 30,000 eligible families with school-aged children to the NBN, with over 6,000 households already benefiting from the program.

To qualify for the initiative, families 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.

Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland MP, stressed the necessity of reliable, fast home broadband for students 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,” Ms Rowland said.

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