In a statement, Labor Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek said the licence would be designed by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and aim to keep children safe from bullying, cyber-bullying and violence.
A pilot and independent evaluation of the licence would be carried out in 2019, with a rollout to every student who started grade 3 in 2020. Announcements about the funding for the program, which is estimated to cost $2.5 million, would be made after the evaluation was completed.
“There is clear evidence that digital licences have a positive impact on children’s safety online,” Plibersek said.
Labor Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said: "Labor’s priority is ensuring this digital licence is available to all children, regardless of what school they go to. It’s crucial all kids can access resources and build skills which help them to be safe online.
"Improving digital inclusion and enhancing e-safety in Australia requires effort from all sectors, including government and the not-for-profit and charity sector, and Labor is pleased to support the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in leveraging the good work it does in our community.
"Labor understands and respects that schools are best placed to choose the programs that suit the needs of their children and communities. Labor's intention is to roll out the eSmart Digital Licence nationally so the resource is available for any school that wants to take it up.”