Evaluating the impact of information and communications technology on the livelihood of rural communities

This research examined the outcomes and impact of publicly funded ICT-based initiatives on e-government and e-learning on rural and regional communities, including case studies from Victoria and Queensland to determine a strategy for reducing the digital divide. Key findings indicate e-government and e-learning initiatives delivered in rural Australia through Neighbourhood and Community Houses, Social Clubs, Rural Transaction Centres and TAFE Institutes result in an improved profile of the rural community, created business opportunities,  improved governance and enhanced inclusion and social capital. It recommends strategic alliances with technology providers, State government agencies, trainers and community groups to further augment the adoption of ICT based programs with rural communities. This research highlights the urgent need for upskilling TAFE teachers in rural Australia to keep up with technological developments so that they can in turn develop rural communities.

Start By 27 December 2005
Completed By 26 December 2010
Program Community, Migration and Development