About ADFI

Transforming the knowledge and skills of society through fostering digital literacies

Australia’s social, cultural, educational and economic future depends on the capacity to design and utilise emerging digital technologies and embrace the opportunities of new media. The Australian Digital Futures Institute plays a global role in forging strategic partnerships, leading inter-disciplinary research, and realising focussed end-user outcomes to foster a digitally literate society. As the future emerges, ADFI’s role in horizon-scanning, prototyping, deployment and evaluation becomes critical in an increasingly dynamic world.

Our Vision   

ADFI’s vision is to transform the knowledge and skills of society through fostering digital literacies.

ADFI will enable social, cultural, educational and economic participation in a digital age.

To align with the USQ Strategic Plan and the USQ Research Plan 2013 – 2015, ADFI will:

  • Establish the Institute as a world class leader in research excellence through a strategic focus in innovative digital futures research;
  • Promote a high performance, collaborative research culture attractive to leading academic researchers and postgraduate students;
  • Strengthen the Institute’s research capacity and competitiveness by leveraging research leadership, investing in key researchers, and maximising the opportunities afforded by enabling technologies; and
  • Develop and sustain partnerships grounded in high quality regional, rural, national and international collaborations.

Our Mission

ADFI’s mission is to innovate, research and collaborate to explore and influence digital literacies that impact society.

ADFI will lead inter-disciplinary research that will enable social, cultural, educational and economic participation in a digital age. ADFI will:

  • Formulate innovative approaches to bridge the “digital divide”;
  • Develop definitions, typologies and models relating to emerging digital literacies;
  • Foster digital participation through the development of processes and pathways for virtual and technology-enhanced contexts;
  • Overcome the social, cultural, educational and economic problems of participation through the transformative potential of digital technologies;
  • Demonstrate the social, cultural and educational affordances of digital technologies in applied settings;
  • Lead evidence-based research to inform the development of digital literacies;
  • Influence, impact and enable communities through research into digital literacies; and
  • Pilot innovative projects and evaluate their suitability and relevance for future development.


  • Innovative
  • Transformative
  • Inclusive
  • Collaborative
  • Connected
  • Evidence-based
  • Influential
  • Open

Research foci

  • Digital Identity: safe and engaged digital citizenship
  • Digital Inclusion: participatory, digitally literate futures
  • Digital Economy: resilient, adaptable and sustainable digital futures
  • Digital Society: digitally engaged communities

Digital literacies

  • Personalised learning: customised life-long discovery by the individual
  • Mobility: individuals, contexts and technologies on the move
  • Communities: networks for sharing knowledge and ideas
  • Spaces: physical, virtual and blended spaces