The Australian Government’s School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI) has been extended! This program provides free home internet to help families struggling with the costs of online education. If you qualify, you could save up to $2000 yearly.

What is the eligibility criteria for the initiative?

To be eligible, a family must:

  • Have a child living at home that is enrolled in an Australian school.
  • Have no active broadbandservice over the NBN network.
  • Live in a premise where they can access a standard NBN service.
  • Not have had an active NBN service during the previous 14 days.

How can I check my eligibility?

To check your eligibility, follow these simple steps:

  1. Contact the National Referral Centre, operated by Anglicare Victoria, on 1800 954 610 (Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm AEDT),
  2. The National Referral Centre team will help assess your eligibility for the SSBI, by checking several things including your residential address and current financial situation.
  3. If eligible, you will be issued a voucher which can be redeemed at any of the participating SSBI retail service providers. The National Referral Centre will also be available to assist with contacting your SSBI retail service provider of choice and providing follow-up support.

Find a participating internet provider

Below is a list of participating internet providers. Your eligibility letter will specify providers available in your area. Remember, not all providers service every location in Australia.

  • Families in metro and regional areas (and some remote areas)
    • Aussie Broadband
    • Activ8me
    • Belong
    • Exetel
    • Lemonade Broadband (only available in Brisbane)
    • SkyMesh
    • Superloop
    • Vodafone
  • Families in remote areas (and some regional areas)
    • SkyMesh
    • Activ8me

Additional Notes:

  • This program aims to bridge the digital divide in education.
  • It also benefits entire households by enabling online access to essential services.

Remember: You can apply until 31 December 2024.

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