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Computers and the internet

Sometimes technology can seem a little overwhelming. If you would like to learn how easy using a computer or the internet can be, find out more about learning the internet basics, where you can access free internet and wi-fi, online social networking, mobile apps and more.

Computers and the internet can save you time and hassle with their convenience and speed, especially if you find it hard to get around. If you are online, you can:

  • do your banking
  • buy tickets for movies, theatre and other entertainment
  • order meals or groceries
  • shop for clothes, household items, music, movies or almost anything
  • hire movies
  • email and send pictures to friends and family anywhere in the world
  • talk to friends and family anywhere in the world using programs such as Skype
  • lodge forms with health providers and some government organisations
  • learn—from short courses to a PhD, you can do it online.

Although the internet is very useful, it helps to be aware of online scams and fraud and avoid becoming a target.

Helpful resources

Digital lives of older Australians

The Australian Communications and Media Authority's research snapshot explores the levels of online engagement of Australians aged 65 and over.

Seniors Enquiry Line

The Seniors Enquiry Line provides Queensland seniors and their family, friends, and carers access to information on topics of interest relevant to seniors.

Phone 1300 135 500 for more information.

Free wi-fi on Queensland trains

Queensland Rail provides free Wi-Fi to all new city network trains. The service is available on 64 of the newer trains.

Access information and instructions are available from Queensland Rail.

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Last updated:
18 August 2016
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