The Federal Government has announced its $27.2 million National Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Education and Skills Services Program, to support the development of online and interactive education and training projects.


"The NBN will support the delivery of online learning through the video and web-conferencing platforms needed for 21st century education, training and skills development," Minister for Broadband Senator Stephen Conroy said.


Senator Conroy was joined by Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, who said that NBN, together with the Government’s $3 billion investment in skills and training initiatives over six years, will deliver the skilled workers the economy needs


"We will look at innovative education and training projects, which have the potential to deliver high quality, accessible and sustainable online tools to Australian schools, TAFEs, universities, workplaces and homes", said Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans.


Selected project proposals will be announced by the end of 2011, with projects to commence in 2012.