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Week 2: Digital diversity

Held 7 to 13 August.

Brought to you by the Queensland Government and Access Community Services.

Through digital technology we have access to remarkable opportunities to engage with people, here and abroad, to learn about new cultures and connect with our heritage.

Digital technology has transformed our world into a small village in the past few decades. While our grandparents used to post letters to share their life events with family and friends, today’s technology enables us to share our lives and cultures instantly with the rest of the world.

It has never been easier for new migrants and refugees to stay connected to family and friends on the other side of the globe, but technology also connects those whose family ties to Australia extend back through the centuries. Learning a new language, or the language of your ancestors, is easier than ever before. While all Indigenous languages and dialects in Queensland are considered endangered, technology is becoming an important part of language revival. Check out some of the Indigenous language apps that are available.  

Location proves no barrier to learning, with technology enabling students from across the state to communicate and collaborate with peers in classrooms worldwide. Those who aren’t in a formal classroom are benefitting from how easy it is to learn a language online.

Welcome to Queensland

Digital technology is a vital way we are supporting new arrivals to settle in to life in Queensland.

The Welcome to Queensland service finder assists new migrants and refugees to find the information and support they need to help settle in Queensland.

It’s not just one-way communication. Migrants can complete the online survey and tell us what went well or could be improved in their process of settling in Queensland.

TechFugees

Digital technology plays an essential role in our daily lives, not only through connection with others, but as a way to solve problems as TechFugees, a tech community response to the plight of refugees, shows.

In early 2017, the first TechFugees Brisbane hackathon brought together entrepreneurs, developers, designers and ex-refugees to identify problems and create tech solutions to make the refugee resettlement process faster in Queensland.

Springboard app

Team Hand Sanitiser won the competition with their Springboard mentoring app linking refugees with industry mentors.

As someone who benefited from mentors when he arrived in Australia, Team Hand Sanitiser member Shahwali Kazimi is already repaying the favour by mentoring other young refugees.

Shahwali joined the Afghan Students’ Association and the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma to mentor other young people and is part of a team that started a Facebook mentoring group last year for students. He hopes the Springboard app will help drive this effort further.

“Refugees need a lot of help when they first come to a new country. The app would be a great way to get started on their career of choice as it is targeted according to the refugees’ skills and interests,” he said.

Currently the team is looking for corporate support, so please email Shahwali if you are interested in sponsoring the team to develop the app.

 

Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.