Computers for the community program

Temporary program closure

There are currently no computers available for donation.

The program will reopen when suitable computers become available.

Northern Territory (NT) community organisations can apply for free computers as part of the NT Government's computers for the community program.


The following groups and organisations can apply:

  • established volunteer organisations
  • special needs groups and individuals
  • Aboriginal not-for-profit groups
  • charitable and benevolent organisations
  • non-government organisations that receive government funding
  • community-focused non-profit groups and clubs
  • community education and self-help organisations
  • public counselling and support services.

The following groups and organisations can't apply:

  • organisations that operate for member profit
  • common interest and professional groups
  • commercial and business enterprises operating for fundraising
  • other business and commercial activities.

Donated computers are at least three years old and have been used by NT government agencies.

The computers have been refurbished and run Windows 7 and other free or open source software including Internet Explorer, Microsoft Security Essentials, Adobe Reader and OpenOffice.

Desktop computers

Available desktop computers have the following product details:

  • Dell Optiplex 790
  • Intel Duo Core processor
  • 60GB hard drive.


Available laptops have the following product details:

  • Dell Latitude E6420
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 60GB hard drive.

Microsoft Office is not included. If you are an income tax exempt non-profit, you may be able to get Microsoft products for a discounted rate. For more information, go to the Connecting Up website.

Extra equipment like modems, scanners and printers are not included. There is no warranty on laptops, laptop batteries, computers or other components.

It is not possible to match equipment capabilities to your organisation's needs. Equipment is donated on an 'as is' basis. You may need to configure the equipment to meet your requirements.

Donated computers must be used for the purpose stated in your application. The purpose must be consistent with your core community activities.

Applications that use computers as a reward or incentive for participating in community or public activities will be rejected.

Applications are currently closed due to a low supply of computers.

A panel will assess your application. The panel’s decision is final.

You will find out if your application has been approved by email, fax or mail.

Computers are generally available within 30 days of application approval and will be available for collection in Darwin. Transport to other destinations will need to be managed and paid for by the applicant.

If you are successful, you will be asked to complete a short survey on the program within six months of receiving the computers.

For more information, contact the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation by emailing or calling 08 8999 5218.

Last updated: 06 November 2019

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