The Digital Education Revolution (DER) program was initially proposed by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2009 as an educational reform, funding the wireless infrastructure in public schools and a laptop to every student attending (after accepting user agreement).
The DER program hoped to achieve:
- 1:1 Student – Laptop ratio from years 9-12.
- High speed broadband to compliment the usage of the DER Laptop.
- Provide onsite (TSO) and offsite (Regional team) support for DER.
- Every student graduating a public high school will be able to keep their laptop.
The DER program starting early 2009 finished its first 4 year cycle of laptops 2012.
However, the program was extended providing for one last year group with laptops, under a new agreement that schools decides, upon graduation whether the student will take ownership of the laptop or return it to the school to be used as a learning resource.