Telstra, Swinburne Institute for Social Research and the Centre for Social Impact have joined forces to develop a new national measure of digital inclusion – the Australian Digital Inclusion Index, powered by Roy Morgan Research.
The Australian Digital Inclusion Index measures the extent of digital inclusion in Australia. Access and affordability can present barriers to digital inclusion, however an individual’s digital engagement is also largely affected by Digital Ability (attitudes, skills and activities), whether a person can see potential benefits of engagement, and motivation and attitude, including concerns about safety and security.
The Index enables us to baseline digital inclusion in Australia and assess progress over time. It will provide critical insights to translate into more effective policies, products and programs to improve digital inclusion and ensure no one gets left behind.
The initiative will involve extensive consultation with key community, academic, government and business organisations with an interest in improving digital inclusion in Australia.
The first Digital Inclusion Index Report was released 24 August 2016 and is available here.