Vulnerable young people will be able to access refurbished mobile phones, laptops and tablets to access online support services during the recovery period of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program put forward by the State’s COVID-19 Youth Taskforce.

Registrations are now open for the Youth Digital Inclusion Project, the first project to come from the Youth Taskforce since it was established to combine the efforts of community sector service partners and the State Government so that joint service delivery is targeted where it is needed the most.

To run the project, the Department of Communities has given the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia a grant to distribute approximately 300 refurbished smartphones, tablets and laptops, supported by six months of data (capped), to young people aged 16 to 24 years. Eligible young people will receive the devices and data to access important health and social services, employment opportunities and stay connected with friends and family.

Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations, which provide youth-specific services, and/or work directly with young people, are eligible to register for the program. Approved youth services will then be able to apply on behalf of each client who would benefit from a device. All applications will be assessed by a panel.

A young person is eligible for one device only under the initiative and will not be required to return it after six months.

Applications close 5pm, 4 September 2020. For more information visit the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia Youth Digital Inclusion Project page.