Computers for the community program

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

Who can apply

  • established volunteer organisations
  • special needs groups and individuals
  • Indigenous 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.

Who 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.

Included software and equipment

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 

  • Dell Optiplex 380
  • Intel Duo Core processor
  • 60GB hard drive.

Laptops

  • Dell Latitude E6410
  • 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. Go to the Connecting Up website for more information.

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. 

Before you apply

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.

How to apply

To apply follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill in a computers for the community form:

Step 2. Send your application to the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation by mail, email or fax.

Computers for the Community
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
GPO Box 3200
Darwin NT 0801
communitycomputers.dob@nt.gov.au
Fax: (08) 8999 7022

After you apply

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. 

Contact information

Email communitycomputers.dob@nt.gov.au or phone (08) 8999 5218.

Last updated: 24 November 2016