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Advancing Digital Inclusion

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

CNA Supports the School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI)

School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI)

On 27 February 2023, NBN Co launched the School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI), an Australian Government initiative to provide up to 30,000 families with no internet at home free NBN for 12 months.

To be eligible, families with school age children will be nominated by participating schools, education authorities and charities/community organisations. These organisations will identify and provide information directly to families within their respective systems about the initiative.

The first families were connected during Term One in 2023. The one-year of free service begins from the day the service is activated for each family.

The Government is supporting NBN Co’s implementation and delivery of this initiative with a $4.5 million grant. This is a targeted affordability initiative while the Government considers longer-term solutions to address digital exclusion and education.

Who is eligible to receive free services?

To be eligible, a family must:

  • Have a child living at home that is enrolled in an Australian school in 2023.

  • Be referred by a nominating organisation. This will include consideration of whether your child has access to a device and the digital skills to use the internet safely.

  • Have no active NBN service.

What organisations are participating in the initiative to identify and nominate families?

View the current list of nominating organisations at

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