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Shared from The Conversation

Despite large investments in the National Broadband Network, the "digital divide" in Australia remains largely unchanged, according to a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The Australian Household Use of Information Technology report says we are doing more online, and we are using an increasing number of connected devices. Our homes are more connected.

However, the number of people using the internet is not growing, and the basic parameters of digital inequality in Australia – age, geography, education and income – continue to define access to and uses of online resources.

In today's world, digital literacy is fundamental to educational success, however not all children have equal access to the right technologies, training and support to do well at school. Of children aged 5 to 14, only 68 per cent in disadvantaged communities have access to the internet at home, compared with 91 per cent of students from the most advantaged communities.

To help narrow this divide, a partnership between tech company SAP Australia and The Smith Family aims to support disadvantaged students to participate in an innovative digital challenge.