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School Student Broadband Initiative

Let’s boost education opportunities and narrow the digital divide.

Argyle Housing is participating in the Australian Governments, School Student Broadband Initiative (SSBI)

The School Student Broadband Initiative will provide free home internet for one year for up to 30,000 unconnected families with school aged students, nationally.  NBN Co is leading implementation of this initiative.
We know that children who can access online learning at home as part of their education are more likely to engage in classroom activities. Access to fast internet at home can also support children to build their digital skills, learn how to safely use the internet and participate in a world that is more reliant on digital technology.

As a nominating organisation, Argyle Housing is proud to be offering this service to eligible Argyle Housing Clients.

Is my family eligible for the School Student Broadband Initiative?

To be eligible, families must:

  • Have a child living at home that is enrolled in an Australian school in 2023.
  • Not have an active National Broadband Network internet service at their home. Having a mobile internet service does not affect eligibility.
  • Be referred by a nominating organisation. This will include consideration of whether the child has access to a device and the digital skills to use the internet safely.
  • Live in a premises that can access the National Broadband Network via a standard connection – this will be checked for you.

How does the School Student Broadband Initiative work?

If you are eligible, the home internet service will be provided at no cost for one-year through a participating internet provider over the National Broadband Network. These internet providers will have their own step-by-step process to get you connected, which may involve you providing identification.

Once you sign up, the internet provider will help you to set up your connection. The initiative does not include devices such as a computer or tablet. Other members of the household can use the internet service provided through this initiative.

The one-year period will start from the day your service is activated with your chosen participating internet provider. At the end of the one-year period, you should not be placed onto a paid service by your internet provider without your consent. The Australian Government is considering options beyond the one-year free period.

I am an Argyle Housing Client.
How do I apply?

We have worked with NBN to identify eligible Clients.
We will send our eligible Clients a letter of offer over the next few weeks.
The letter will include a unique coupon number with simple instructions on how to sign up.

If you are an Argyle Housing Client and have any questions regarding this program, please call 1300 274 953

Where can I find additional information on the initiative?

For more information on the Australian Government School Student Broadband Initiative, visit
You can also contact NBN Co on 1800 626 269 or visit:

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