Bring Your Own 'x'

Bring Your Own 'x' (BYOx) means exactly that: students bring their own digital devices to school, for the purposes of learning. So instead of using school-owned ICT, students use their own.

The BYOx concept recognises that students and their parents and caregivers would like to use the same digital devices at school and at home.

How schools can effectively introduce the concept of BYOx into the learning environment is the topic of this website.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to implementing a BYOx program. Some schools may give all their students the opportunity to bring their own devices. Others may limit the program to certain year levels.

Similarly, some schools may prescribe a digital device that students must use. Others may be more flexible, offering minimum specifications and allowing parents and caregivers to decide on makes and models.

Four steps to BYOx success

The department has captured the process that’s involved for launching any BYOx arrangement in four steps. State schools that already have piloted BYOx programs have informed the development of these steps.

Once a school is ready to migrate to BYOx, it should consider signing up to BYOx Connect. BYOx Connect is a technical service that overcomes issues that may arise when students connect their devices to school network and information systems. It was developed by the department in close consultation with pilot schools.

BYOx helps all schools develop sustainable models for student ICT use.

In particular, it supports high schools beyond the Australian Government’s disbanding of the National Secondary School Computer Fund.

​BYOx Connect update

BYOx Connect is now available for schools. View updated information on connecting to the BYOx network, troubleshooting issues and other support documents through Service Centre Online. (EQ login required)

Visit the Support documents page to find information for students on approved devices and how to connect these devices to a BYOx Connect school.

What schools say 

‘We chose to opt in to BYOx Connect as this seemed to be the best option to continue our 1-to-1 program in the most financially sustainable way.’

‘Teachers have found many students were keen to change to BYOx because the school-owned laptops were not providing the level of user experience that they could be assured of with their own device. Sometimes the school-owned laptops had been poorly treated by previous users or had connection problems. The chance for students to bring their own device, that they could control, was a strong selling point.’