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                                                                                   Older Queenslanders

                                                                                   in danger of being

                                                                                   digitally excluded

                                                                                        he Queensland Government         As more and more of our news,
                                                                                        must      commit      to     a activities, and businesses move
                                                                                  Tcomprehensive               Digital online, some people can become
                                                                                  Inclusion Strategy to ensure no  socially excluded and can have
                                                                                  Queenslanders are left behind,  trouble         accessing    information,
                                                                                  says Council on the Ageing (COTA)     products and services.”
                                                                                  Queensland, the  state’s peak          Queensland currently has a digital
                                                                                  organisation for seniors.             transformation strategy, but more
                                                                                   COTA     Queensland      ’s   Chief needs to be done to make sure
                                                                                  Executive,    Mark    Tucker-Evans, people can take advantage of these
                                                                                  said that closure of services  opportunities.
                                                                                  and restrictions on movement           Recent figures have shown people
                                                                                  during  the  COVID  pandemic  has  over 65 in  Australia are among
                                                                               ssmqld9102  highlighted the digital divide.  those most digitally excluded and
                                                                                   “We have all had to make a shift  are among those experiencing a
                                                                                  online, for school, business, and  widening affordability gap.
                                                                                  even our social lives. The virtual     “There is a myth that older
                                                                                  events for Queensland Seniors  people can’t  or  don’t  want to
                                                                                  Week last week showed how  use technology.  What is needed
                                                                                  many people have embraced the  is equitable, affordable access
                                                                                  opportunities to connect and share  and practical support to help
                                                                                  in new ways.” Mr Tucker-Evans said. people keep up with technological
                                                                                   “But that’s harder for some than  changes.” Mr Tucker-Evans said.
                                                                                  others. Not everyone has the           “It is critical that the transformation
                                                                                  same access to a good internet  to digital services is focused on
                                                                                  connection or can  afford  to pay.  people of all ages and does not
                                                                                  Not everyone has a device they can  leave anyone behind. This must be
                                                                                  use to connect or has learned how  a priority issue for Queensland.”
                                                                                  to use its features.                                 CONTINUED PAGE 8

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