• Free internet for school kids until December 2025: Are you eligible?

    Technology is essential for education, no matter what age, level or location. The School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI) aims to bridge the digital divide by ensuring all students have access to online learning resources and opportunities. Now, all students can fully engage in remote learning, research, and collaboration. Keep reading to learn more.

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  • What exactly is the School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI)?

    The Australian Government established the School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI) to provide free home nbn® broadband internet for one year for up to 30,000 unconnected families with school-age students.

    This initiative allows students to access fast and reliable broadband internet at home. With the launch of the new National Referral Centre (NRC), access to the SSBI is now easier for families.

    The program has been extended, with the nomination period remaining open until 31 December 2024 and free for all new and existing families until 31 December 2025.

    nbn® is leading the implementation of this initiative and has been working closely with nominating organisations such as education authorities, national charities, and community organisations that identify and nominate students and families who could benefit from the SSBI.

    Anglicare Victoria is operating the NRC, supporting the initiative’s rollout and assisting families in confirming their eligibility for the program.

  • Eligibility

    The SSBI program is primarily intended as an affordability measure to help those with school-aged children who may be experiencing financial hardship.To be eligible, a family must have:

    • A Child

      A child living at home and enrolled in an Australian school.

    • No Active nbn® Connection

      Families must not have had an active nbn® connection during the previous 14 days.

    • nbn® Mapped Home

      Live in a premises where they can access a standard nbn® service.

  • Families can contact the NRC directly to check their eligibility rather than relying on being identified by a nominating organisation.

  • How to apply

    • 1
      Contact

      Contact the National Referral Centre on 1800 954 610 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AEDT), or by visiting their website. Call back and webchat functions are also available via the website.

    • 2
      Check Eligibility

      The NRC team will assess the family’s eligibility by checking their residential address and asking some questions to determine if the family meets the Government’s eligibility criteria.

    • 3
      Redeem

      If eligible, you will receive a voucher to be redeemed at any of the participating SSBI RSPs. The NRC is available to assist with contacting an SSBI service provider of choice or providing follow-up support.

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