Computerbank is an independent not for profit organisation run by volunteers. We reuse donated computers and refurbish them with quality free software. These computers are offered to disadvantaged individuals and community groups. Older and broken equipment is responsibly recycled and does not end up in landfill and is not sent to unsafe dismantling plants in third world countries. We have distributed over 5000 computers to individuals, families, and community groups since 1998.
We install a free version of Ubuntu Linux operating system on our computers. The system is customised to run efficiently on P4 and faster hardware.
Filipino Community Council of Victoria in Footscray (our first network!),
Autism Victoria (World Autism Conference),
The Bridge Health Centre (Footscray),
Dole Avenue Kindergarten,
Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO),
Linux Users of Victoria (LUV),
The Victorian Rainforest Network,
Christian Blind Mission (computers to Liberia),
People First Network in the Solomon Islands,
Altona Green Neighbourhood House,
Footscray Library in Maribyrnong City,
Bikash Womens Centre in Bangladesh,
Dilli University in East Timor,
Jabiluka Action Group (JAG),
Methodist Ladies College in Fiji,
Dalkusha Primary School in Fiji,
Central Hume Support Services in Wodonga,
Computers for Aged and Disabled Seniors (CADS),
Langwarrin Basketball Club,
Westgate Community Initiatives Group (WCIG),
Engineers Without Borders,
'Connectivity for Refugees' program,
Refugees in Shepparton,
Friends of Sian,
Berwick Senior Citizens,
Victorian Artists Society,
Mindaribba Aboriginal Land Council in NSW,
Darebin Aged Housing Services (public access networks),
Pet Ambulance Victoria
Asylum Seekers Resource Center (ASRC)
Red Cross (Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme)
Western Region Health (public access networks) to name a few.
Geelong Lions Club
Victorian Writers Fellowship
Salvation Army Housing Services (Melrose St)
RMIT Students Accounting Association
Victorian Public Tenants Association (VPTA)
Coburg Neighbourhood House
Morwell Neighbourhood House
We have also sent computers to groups in Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, Swaziland, Kenya, Mozambique, Burma and Indonesia.
We helped facilitate the placement of more than 1650 computers within the South Pacific Region, in conjunction with the ANZ bank. As ANZ upgraded computers across the South Pacific, Computerbank liased with community groups and schools across such places as Samoa, Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, and Fiji.
We have shown more than 500 unemployed open source software, hardware, and recycling via our Award winning (search for Computerbank), and very popular, Commonwealth Government funded Work for the Dole Program. In addition to Work for the Dole volunteers another 175 people have helped out at Computerbank.
We have recycled more than 25,000 broken and non-usable items through the introduction of effective e-waste recycling techniques.
Links to media articles we (and our affiliates), have featured in, can be accessed from our links page.