Connected Students project

Telstra’s Connected Students project measures the impacts of removing affordability barriers to digital inclusion for low-income households in the Shepparton region.

Telstra's Connected Students program

Telstra’s Connected Students program measures the impacts of removing affordability barriers to digital inclusion for low-income households in the Shepparton region. The Connected Students program provided technology kits to low-income households with at least one youth between 15 and 18 years of age in secondary education. The technology kits consisted of a laptop, a router, and an activated SIM card providing unlimited broadband for the project’s two-year duration.

A student listening to music on her mobile
Female student studying on a laptop and smiling

Project goals

The project evaluation, led by Dr Jenny Kennedy, aims to: 

  • Evidence the value of connectivity and individual device access for students and education; and
  • Evidence the impact of unaffordable connectivity (i.e., access that creates and/or requires financial strain) on digital inclusion. 

Published data and findings will be shared on this page. 

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