Online Access Centres provide a valuable community service and this will continue to be the case across all Tasmania’s state-wide networks.
A positive change is afoot for some of the online access centres that are managed by LINC.
To better meet the changing needs of the community, six centres will be relocating to their local LINC or neighbourhood house.
This means locals can not only have the same great service provided through the online access centres, but the additional services and support from the LINC and neighbourhood houses.
These include additional services such as short courses, computer classes, literacy and numeracy support and job seeking assistance.
For example, the Rokeby Online Access Centre will be relocating to the Rosny LINC, where there will be an increase in programs delivered from January with a $22,000 investment in two literacy projects. Additional internet access will also be available at the local neighbourhood house.
This is a move that will ensure that the centres better meet the changing needs of the community.
With four in five Tasmanians having the internet at home, the needs of those attending OACs has changed, and with that the centres must change for the better too.
By moving to LINCs and Neighbourhood houses, we can ensure that Tasmanians who want help with reading and writing can get it, or those who need help in finding a job can get that too.
This will not impact staff and all volunteers are encouraged to keep up their great work LINC or neighbourhood houses.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training