Grants to help Gold Coast schools with ‘digital literacy’

The Federal Government is offering Gold Coast schools grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 to improve the ‘digital literacy’ of their students.

Digital literacy is the ability for kids to use devices such as tablets, smartphones, laptops and PCs.

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said schools had to demonstrate new and innovative ways of teaching their students how to use and understand digital technology.


“It’s important all children in the Gold Coast community have the skills to use digital technology to prepare them for the jobs of the future,” said Mrs Andrews.

“By encouraging digital literacy from an early age I hope that we can increase the interest amongst our students in subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We want to encourage a lifelong engagement in the subjects.”

Up to $4 million has bee allocated to the 2016 Digital Literacy  School Grants program through the Federal Government’s $50.6 million National Innovation and Science Agenda to help Australian teachers and students more easily embrace the digital age.

Applications for the grants close at 5pm on Friday 28 October 2016. More information is available at