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What is the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions Program?

The program aims to encourage Queenslanders to take part in the digital economy by embracing digital technologies and solutions and participating online.

Champions may come from all walks of life and may represent a business, industry sector, community or demographic group. 

Why a Community Digital Champions program?

Public consultation undertaken by the Queensland Government indicated that low levels of digital literacy was seen as a major reason for people and businesses not fully engaging in the digital world. Other barriers identified included lack of confidence in using digital technologies, lack of digitally-skilled employees and poor or no access to reliable digital services and infrastructure.

Consultation feedback indicated widespread recognition and support for the use of “digital” champions (including mentors and volunteers) to engage with people and businesses to promote and teach the benefits of the digital age.

The consultation also generated much discussion around the need for Queensland and its regions to use digital technologies as an enabler and tool to sustain Queensland’s local and regional communities in a global marketplace.

A key action from the findings was to establish a Community Digital Champions Program to increase the level of digital awareness, digital adoption and online participation by Queenslanders.

The Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions Program supports the Queensland Government’s objectives for the community - to create jobs and a diverse economy, and build safe, caring and connected communities.

Nominate a champion today!

Are you an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion?

We are looking for outstanding individuals who are passionate digital advocates. Ideally you:

a. exemplify the benefits offered by the digital world and inspire others to take part

b. educate and/or encourage Queenslanders (community or business groups) to be digitally active

c. play a key role in your community, and are able to make an impact around digital awareness and digital confidence, through the promotion of your personal ‘journey’ and activities in digital engagement

d. are currently conducting activities or prepared to undertake activities that contribute to the digital awareness and uptake of digital technologies by Queenslanders

e. are motivated by what you can give back to the community

f. are helping to enable Queensland to thrive in the global digital economy.

For more information read the Champions rules.

Why get involved?

As a champion, you can help the Queensland Government spread the word about digital technologies and going online.

You will provide a positive role model in your community, and your activities will showcase regional efforts to improve digital awareness and connectivity. The role will also allow you to engage with other champions across the state and foster new collaborations and networks.

The position is for a 12-month period.

Champions can be any age, but must be based in Queensland. You are not remunerated, but will be recognised for your community spirit. You will be invited to attend a roundtable event at Parliament House or another significant event, and will receive an appreciation certificate.

Telling your digital story

Our champions will share their ‘digital journeys’ with Queenslanders. This may involve their own digital activities, participation in relevant community, industry, or government-led activities or a combination of both.

Champions will be profiled on the online community interactive hub, which has had several thousand visitors per year since its launch in November 2013.

Their stories will also be shared with business and community networks via Queensland Government social media and website channels. Interest from mainstream and regional media is also anticipated.

Champions may also be involved in: 

  •  case studies — written and/or digital (video)
  • online engagement — social media forums or guest blogs on the hub and providing feedback via quarterly departmental surveys

  • speaking opportunities

  • facilitating workshops

  • participating in Queensland Government dispalys 

  • attending events.

Nominating an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion

The nomination process comprises of three steps. The nominator provides basic details (Part A) and performs a final check (Part C). Potential champions (nominees) provide further detail on what makes them a Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion (Part B).

Although potential champions (nominees) can start the nomination process, submissions will only be accepted from one of the following nominating groups:

  • not-for-profit or community groups

To nominate a Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions, visit the Champions page.

How are Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions selected?

Selection of the champions will be undertaken by the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions selection committee. This committee consists of broad representation from industry, community and government.

Successful nominees must be of a standard that meets the committee’s overall expectations, based on the committee’s general knowledge, experience and expertise.

The selection committee will meet on a quarterly basis to assess and shortlist the submissions received for each round. Nominees will be notified in writing as to the outcome of their submission.

What are the dates of the schedule rounds?

  • Launch : November 2015
  • Round 1 : December 2015 - February 2016
  • Round 2 : March  - May 2016
  • Round 3 : June - August 2016
  • Round 4 : September - November 2016