Digital exclusion continues to be a growing concern for Australian school students, with a recent study finding one in two lower-income families say their children could miss out on the devices needed for school because they’re unable to afford them.

The report, done by KPMG on behalf of not-for-profit organisation WorkVentures,  indicates a substantial challenge for students without computer access, with 84% facing difficulties in completing class work and assignments. 

Ahead of the new school year, WorkVentures is calling for the introduction of a National Device Bank to give less fortunate students access to vital educational technology.

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Produced By: Mary-Kate Hannagan

Featured In Story: Caroline McDaid- CEO, WorkVentures

First aired on The Wire, Monday 22 January 2024