Giving Computers is a great way of helping out the community. Whether it is your personal computer or from your workplace, a new computer or a second-hand one, your donation can assist an individual or community organisation get access to a key tool for learning, while also helping to reduce waste.
The following organisations accept donations of computers either for recycling or refurbishing and distribution.
Please note that many computers are just too old to be useful and different computer recycling organisations have different rules about what they can and can't accept. It's important to get in touch with each organisation to check their requirements before you make your donation - otherwise they may end up having to dispose of the computer at considerable expense.
SELECT YOUR STATE
National (accepts donations of computers in all states)
Project : The Computer Technologies for Schools Project provides surplus Commonwealth Government and private sector computers and ICT equipment to school across Australia to enable students and teachers to better understand new technologies.
State and Territory government and non-government school authority committees decide the placement of equipment according to needs based formulas. The Project is managed by a National Project Manager.
Phone : 0428 250 392
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.ctfs.edna.edu.au
Project : Charity Computers receives computers, refurbishes them at cost price to unemployed people, single parents and pensioners. They also provide subsidised computer repair, discount computer lessons, and free Helpdesk service. Only accept IBM compatible computers.
Eligibility : Services are targeted at unemployed people, single parents and pensioners in ACT - All concession card holders, including seniors and students and not-for-profit organisations are eligible.
Contact : The Canberra Christian Life Centre, 46 Lhotskhy ST, Charnwood , ACT, 2615
Phone : (02) 6101 6931
Website : www.charitycomputers.com
Project : Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD) has a computer loan service which provides specialised interface equipment such as trackballs, touch screens, switch adaptors and Intellikey adaptable keyboards for use by clients that have special needs. Each client is given thirty days' trial before an agreement is entered into, to see if the equipment meets his or her expectations. A small service charge is made to cover in-home support and maintenance. Some computers are also available for sale.
Eligibility : NSW residents with a disability.
Phone : (02) 9912 3400
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.technicalaidnsw.org.au
Project : Computer Bank Hunter reuses donated computer equipment and through the Community Helping Association, makes such computers available to community organisations or deserving people. Donated equipment which is of no use is disposed of in a responsible way. Computer Bank Hunter does not sell computer equipment, other than as e-waste. NB - We are not able to recycle any computer equipment.
Eligibility : Computer Bank Hunter will supply refurbished computers free of charge to community groups and deserving people at their discretion.
Address : Rear, 30 Verulam Rd. Lambton, NSW (Deliveries Monday 9:00am to 2:30pm only )
Phone : (02) 4965 6259
Website : www.chha.org.au/cbh
Project : Computer Bank Illawarra is a not-for-profit, non-government, volunteer based organisation . As part of our commitment we provide free basic computer systems to disadvantaged individuals, families and community groups.
We accept computers from Pentium III upwards and do not accept fax machines, TVs, stereos, mobile phone or kitchen appliances.
Eligibility : You are eligible if you are on a low income, the holder of a concession card and can pick up the computer from Computer Bank in Fairy Meadow. Fill in the application form here.
Address : 28 Jardine St, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519
Phone : (02) 4284 8676
Website : http://www.cbi.org.au
Project : Computer Bank New England is a fully incorporated volunteer-based.not for profit, organisation with its aim to assist disadvantaged groups and individuals with access to computers
at low or even no cost. Based in Uralla at 19 Hill St, Computer Bank donates computers to adults who are either studying at university or TAFE and cannot afford a computer and also to school
children of any age, who do not have access to a computer at home.
Eligibility : Requests for assistance can be made at any time. Prospective recipients are required to complete and lodge and application form. Applications are assessed by a reference panel and when approved, contact is made to discuss client needs in more details assess abilities and establish appropriate supply arrangements.
Address : 19 Hill St, Uralla NSW, 2358 (services A rmidale , Urualla and associated areas.
Phone : (02) 6778 4918
Email : email@example.com/ cbne
Website : http://users.tpg.com.au/cbn
Project : Computer Bank Queensland supplies computers and associated information technology to financially disadvantaged individuals and community groups at no cost.
We take donations of working computer equipment (Pentium III or 700 MHz or better) from the corporate sector and the public. These are then refurbished by volunteers in Brisbane and distributed to those who need them.
Eligibility : Computer Bank Queensland helps as many people as we can, however demand is high and each application for assistance is examined on its merits. We satisfy demand for our services in the following priority:
Community, charitable and volunteer organisations for client use
Job seekers amongst the long term unemployed to ensure they have access to office and workplace computer technology
As education support to year 8-12 children in financially disadvantaged circumstances.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.cbq.org.au
Project : Recycling technology to provide access to all. ITshare recycles computers and other technology and installs Open Source software. Technology is donated to people and organisations who may not otherwise have access to technology.
Contact : 1 Euston Road Aldgate , South Australia 5154
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.itshare.org.au
Project : The SA Government has established a community assistance initiative called the Smart State PC Donation Program. The Program aims to re-allocate surplus computing stock to community groups. Frequently asked questions about the program can be accessed here: http://www.premcab.sa.gov.au/dpc/community_donation.html
Phone : (08) 8226 3627
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.premcab.sa.gov.au
Project: As part of Anglicare's Enterprise Services, the Digital Depot seeks to refurbish Personal Computers and IT equipment and sell at minimal cost to low income earners in South Australia and Northern Territory. The Digital Depot accepts donations from corporations and the public with the assurance of complete data security.
As a member of the Microsoft Authorised Refurbishers programme , all PCs have licenced Windows and MS Office installed. PCs have the latest anti virus software as well as 2 hours phone and "remote" support and 25 hours internet access.
The Digital Depot has a commitment to Zero Waste policies and as such, any donated PC that is no longer servicable is submitted to recycling, reducing the impact on landill
Volunteers within The Digital Depot are trained in the required aspects of Information Technology and are passionate about their skill development, Many use the upskilling to assist in re-entering the workforce
• Individual clients must have eligibilty for Government Concessions
• Community Groups
• Qualifying Schools
• Qualifying "Not For Profit" organisations
While primarily serving South Australia and Northern Territory, the Digital Depot can delivery Australia wide.
Phone: 08 8209 5705
Project : The B2C Recyclers Project accepts all forms of IT equipment and IT peripherals regardless of age, specification or working condition and work to prevent these items from entering landfill. B2C Recyclers re-use as much of the materials donated as possible, integrating PC components into refurbished computers. Any donated equipment that cannot be re-used is dismantled into its constituent parts and sent for processing by one of B2C Recyclers' responsible waste partners.
Eligibility : Through the B2C Recyclers "Op Shop" refurbished systems are supplied to both individuals and local communities "in need."
Phone : (03) 9465 6300
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.b2crecyclers.com.au
Project : The Computerbank project was founded and auspiced by the former Computerbank Victoria Inc, now known as Computerbank Australia. It is all about people getting together to form or support organisations that share a common purpose. Organisations and associations resulting from the Computerbank Project aim to collect and then redistribute older donated computer hardware to people who can't otherwise afford the costs associated with computing.
Computerbank branches across Australia are now providing help to low income individuals, families and under-resourced community groups and schools, especially with obtaining computer hardware and training in how to use it.
Eligibility : Residents of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland
Phone : (03) 9600 9161
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.computerbank.org.au
Project : ERNInc is a project based in Maroondah and recycles equipment, including computers, and distributes them to people with disabilities, particularly children, at a nominal cost.
Eligibility : To qualify for a computer the applicant must provide a letter from a doctor, physiotherapist etc. stating the nature of the disability and the benefits which would be attained from access to computing equipment.
Phone : (03) 9879 5211
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.erni.asn.au
Project Description : E-waste is the fastest growing source of waste, growing three times faster than regular waste. There are an estimated 9.2 million computers in use around Australia. It
is expected that over this year a further 2.1 million computers will enter the market, while 3 million which reach the end of their life. Presently only 3% of e-waste is recycled.
Landfilling e-waste is hazardous to the environment and human health because substances such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel can leach out into the ground and water. These substances have been associated with diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders.
Our local e-waste isn't just accumulating in our landfills, but is often shipped overseas to countries such as China, Nigeria and Indonesia, where it threatens the health of these communities. See more at http://www.ban.org
We collect anything and everything electronic for recycling or reusing!
Phone : Ben on 0438 622 827
Email : ben.keen@greencollect
Website : http://www.greencollect.org/our-services/e-waste/
Project : Computers are donated by companies and members of the general public, refurbished by participants of this Work for the Dole project and then donated to economically disadvantaged groups or individuals in the community. Mission Australia will deliver the computers, assist in the installation and provide basic instruction in how to get started.
Eligibility : The project is targeted at community groups, disadvantaged families and individuals.
Phone : (03) 8615 2200
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.mission.com.au
Project Description : Beyond Disability is a public benevolent institution in Australia. With the support of local volunteers, we are using recycled Pentium computers and internet capable usb2 laptops, 15 inch and 17 inch LCD screens to assist low income household and mobility disabled aged 6 to 89 years to get online with dignity in their own homes using recycled computers and our subsidised internet service.
We wish to help participants to have an affordable means with which they can be better informed about services and just to have some fun.
"Internet empowerment" will be a bridge for participants to gain a better perspective of the community. The Beyond Disability program facilitates community participation and incorporates our programs "Elderly Citizens Online" and "Wheelie Kids IT"
To make a monetary donation online please visit www.givenow.com.au/beyonddisability
Eligibility : Residents of Mornington Peninsula and surrounds
Contact : Mr Richard Stubbs OAM, CEO
Phone : 03 5977 6547
Email : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.bdi.org.au
Project: Green Peripherals and Components, otherwise known as GreenPC , has now developed as a successful social enterprise initiative of Infoxchange Australia that operates to service low income people on a national basis.
Green PCs are recycled personal computers that are refurbished and repackaged into usable, Internet-ready computers, and then made available to low-income communities, individuals and community organisations . The objectives of GreenPC is to upgrade and Internet-enable outdated computers. Once a donated computer has been refurbished, it becomes available for distribution.
Eligibility: The only qualification for an individual, family or community group to have access to a Green PC computer is that they be holders of current Health Care Card, Non for profit organisation or are able to verify their low income status in some other way.
Phone: 03 9418 7400
Project : CLiCK accepts donations of full systems and parts of computer related equipment, including thumb drives and flash drives for school students.
Eligibility : Those who would otherwise be unable to obtain or afford a computer are eligible for CLiCK computers and computer parts.
Phone (08) 9553 7075
If you want your details listed, please provide them in the same format as above and send them to email@example.com