Sustainability Issues for Australian Rural Teleservice Centres

Sustainability Issues for Australian Rural Teleservice Centres

Karin Geiselhart (Australian National University Canberra, Australia) and Peter Jamieson (Net-C, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-575-7.ch118


The overall economic, social and environmental health of rural communities is one of the critical issues facing Australia. Without access to basic services, a small community can be left with a standard of living more like that of a third world country. Increasingly, services have an electronic component. Convergent digital services can lead to transformative effects, but can also exacerbate existing divides if technologies and the capacity to use them effectively are not available. Teleservice centres have in the past provided many forms of electronic services and training: computing, fax, printers, banking, etc. Today Internet functionality is a central aspect of rural teleservice centres, with broadband a looming issue. This article presents teleservice centres as a strategic national resource. Their potential to contribute to rural sustainability and equitable access to government services means that at every level of community and government, teleservice centres can delivery triple bottom line benefits.

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