Summary

  • Access technology training by:
    • Hiring the self-teach technology training DVDs that are available on loan in libraries across Victoria
    • Watching the self-teach training videos that are available on this page.
  • Topics include home computers and networks; mobile phones and tablets; social networks and online security; email, internet and online shopping.

An Age Friendly Partners Program with Telstra

Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors is a Seniors Card Age Friendly Partners Program. It is designed to give older people, particularly those located in regional and rural areas of Victoria, the opportunity to develop skills to use technology for socialising, accessing important services, or conducting personal business.

Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors is:

Watch the free self-teach training videos now to learn or build on your technology know-how. 

Broadband for Seniors

Broadband for Seniors is another program supporting seniors to get online. There are over 400 kiosks in Victoria which are free for seniors to use. Go to www.bfseniors.com.au to search for a kiosk near you. Alternatively call the Broadband for Seniors Helpline on 1300 795 897 to find out more.

Tech Savvy Seniors Video Transcript

Jo Third:
I think the digital tablets, phones, are virtually essential these days. They've changed life so much. It's hard to imagine going back to the days without them.

Pam Richards:
I think we all, as we're getting older, we need to move forward. I mean, it's another age in technology. There has been many ages before us and this one's not going to happen again because with youngsters, they don't know any different. They've left, they've had computers and technology right the way through school. They don't know employment without it.

Bob Richards:
It's beginning to change as people get more used to it and my peer group particularly, more and more of them are beginning to convert and become involved.

Peter Craswell:
Computers nowadays are friendly. Don't be afraid of them. They won't explode. They won't crash and even if you do make a mistake, all you have to do then is turn it off and switch it on again.

Bob Richards:
Yes, the Tech Savvy Seniors Course, yes, I think is a very good starting point. You know, the first step of any journey is probably the most daunting one, but once you're on the way it, you know, is a lot better.

Jo Third:
I could see my children using computers and phones and I've always thought, "Oh, I want one of those." And I know I had a little opposition from my husband when I was buying an iPhone because his attitude was, "Oh, you just want to keep up with the younger generation.", but I don't care about any labels that I might attract. I just... I want to keep up with what the kids are doing. To me, it's a lot of fun.

Pam Richards:
I think we owe it to ourselves to move forward with modern technology and I feel that it must be very difficult for people that haven't done this because the demands made on you now tends to be, "Well, go to www dot and download the information.", whereas before a letter would come in the post.

Bob Richards:
Well, I've used it a lot for researching family history, things like that. Again, you get far more access and you don't have to be at a registry. We get some of the media so that we can both do the crossword at the same time, which makes... instead of fighting for the first one to get the crossword.

Jo Third:
Oh, I don't think technology's just for young people. I think that any... there's no barriers in age.

Pam Richards:
I feel that I'm moving forward fast enough to be able to keep up with the rest of the world and that's what makes me feel good about it. I do encourage other people. In conversation and way of life when people say that they go into the library to reserve books and I say, "Well, you can just do it online now."

Bob Richards:
I think those of us who have a knowledge about technology, it's incumbent on us to influence our peers to join the happy throng, if you like.

Jo Third:
You don't want to get older before you have to, so, yeah, I think it does help you to stay young.