Be Connected | Goldfields Library Corporation

Be Connected: Helping older Australians thrive in a digital world be connected

About Be Connected

Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.

Through the Be Connected online resources, Australians will be able to learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet, including:

  • talking to and seeing family and friends
  • keeping up to date with news and what’s happening around the world 
  • being safer while online 
  • finding new friends who share interests and hobbies
  • connecting with old friends
  • shopping and selling online, safely and securely

This fantastic portal provides free interactive learning activities, training courses, web apps and how-to videos. Goldfields Libraries is registered as a Be Connected network partner.

More information about the Be Connected program can be found on their website:


Who is eligible?

If you are aged 50 and over – you are eligible to be part of our Be Connected program.


Digital devices for loan 

We're excited to announce that we now have a number of internet-connected devices (Samsung Galaxy tablets) available for a free 3-month loan.

Our aim is to reach out to socially isolated and disadvantaged Australians over 50 who are currently not connected to the internet at home. We want to empower recipients with digital skills and improve their connection to the community during this challenging time. We'll help you get started, and our trained Digitial Mentors are always on hand for ongoing support and advice.

If you, a family member, or friend aged 50 would benefit from the loan of a device, we would love to hear from you. Let us know how learning to use a device and connecting to the internet would make a difference.

Please email us, or give us a call on 5449 2700 by Friday 31 July to register your interest.


Upcoming workshops:

Be Connected: Watching and listening online

Learn how to watch TV online and access catch-up services like ABC iView, SBS On Demand and Freeview. We will also show you how to access the radio online and use music services to listen to songs whenever you like.

Wednesday 22 July, 2-3pm



Introducing Be Connected

Join our guided tour of the Be Connected portal and discover life online.

A treasure trove of interactive learning activities, training, web apps and how-to videos aimed at increasing online skills and confidence for people aged over 50.

Thursday 6 August, 10-11am


Thursday 20 August, 10-11am



Staying safer online

In this online workshop, you will learn the essentials of safe passwords, how to pay safely online and tips to avoid scams and tricks.

Tuesday 11 August, 2-3pm



All about apps

What is an app? Wondering what all the fuss is about? This topic takes you into the world of apps, or applications, the amazing little programs that can help you do almost anything on a smart phone or tablet.

Tuesday 25 August, 2-3pm



Contact Us

If you have any questions, need help with getting started on Be Connected or wish to register your interest for future courses please email: