Statewide Wi-Fi Access Program (SWAP) enabling more Tasmanians to get connected on free public Wi-Fi

Tasmanian Government Media Release 16.12.23

More Tasmanians will be able to access free public Wi-Fi with the Rockliff Liberal Government expanding its Statewide Wi-Fi Access Program (SWAP). 

This increased service will grow the free public Wi-Fi network in Tasmania to include more public hospitals, community health centres, Service Tasmania shops, libraries, departmental and regional offices.

The first of the new sites will be rolled out across January and February 2024.

Minister for Science and Technology, Madeleine Ogilvie, said free Wi-Fi will give Tasmanians more opportunities to connect.

“Wi-Fi access is another way the Rockliff Liberal Government is connecting Tasmanians and improving digital inclusion,” said Minister Ogilvie. 

“We understand addressing the digital divide is essential and are actively looking for solutions to the connectivity challenges some Tasmanians face.

“This expansion is part of the Government’s Our Digital Future strategy and outlines a vision for a prosperous and connected Tasmania, collaborating and thriving in a technology-enabled world.”

The increased access to free public Wi-Fi builds on the Government’s commitment to address digital inclusion in Tasmania with funding from the 2023-24 Budget.

The Department for Education, Children and Young People currently provide free Wi-Fi in schools for students, and in 76 libraries across the State, and the Department of Health is progressing Wi-Fi infrastructure improvements – including free public Wi-Fi – within the major hospitals.

The Department of State Growth established a public Wi-Fi network to support ports of entry and key tourism locations.

Minister Ogilvie said cost of living increases have challenged family budgets and access to available, affordable internet services have become harder for many families.

“Free public Wi-Fi is an important way of ensuring Tasmanians can connect to the local and global community, interact with one another, transact business and access information.”

The first of the additional free Wi-Fi services will be available in early 2024.