Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

New grants to build support services for vulnerable families

Joint Media Release with:

  • Jenny Macklin MP,
    Minister for Families Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
    Minister for Disability Reform

  • Julie Collins MP,
    Minister for Community Services
    Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
    Minister for the Status of Women

The Australian Government is providing 43 organisations with $5.7 million in new funding for projects to help protect and safeguard children.

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, today announced the recipients of the Child Aware Approaches grants.

Organisations working in the community across Australia are receiving a one-off grant of up to $200,000 to better manage the impact of child abuse and neglect and deliver more targeted services for children.

The $5.7 million investment is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the Second Action Plan under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 and aimed at reducing risk factors of child abuse and neglect.

The Child Aware Approaches funding will also improve community understanding of child abuse and neglect, with new resources and research to identify what works, why it works and to help other services to make use of this knowledge.

With projects supported in each state and territory Child Aware Approaches supports a broad spectrum of organisations. Groups receiving these grants include those providing services in the areas of, mental health, substance abuse, disability, prisons, women’s safety and family and children’s support.

The projects can run at national, state and local level and also support Indigenous community organisations, culturally and linguistically diverse community organisations, people and families with disability and those experiencing or are at risk of mental illness.

By supporting these projects, we are giving services opportunities to develop the tools and know-how to better respond to the risks and issues affecting the safety and wellbeing of children.

All children deserve a safe, healthy and happy childhood and this investment will help strengthen local partnerships between organisations, services and the community to deliver local solutions.

A list of recipients and more information on the Child Aware Approaches grants is available at

As well as being a part of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, these Child Aware Approaches grants build on the National Mental Health Reform and the $86 million National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Organisations receiving funding:

State Organisation Name Funding
ACT Marymead Child and Family Centre $197,418
NSW National Childrens and Youth Law Centre $115,360
NSW CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes $169,100
NSW Adults Surviving Child Abuse $195,266
NSW Good Beginnings Australia $119,100
NSW OnTrack Community Programs Ltd $78,000
NSW Royal Far West $65,442
NSW The Disability Trust $21,455
NSW YWCA NSW $74,000
NSW Gunnedah Family Support Inc $8,095
NT Menzies School of Health Research $148,300
NT Relationships Australia Northern Territory $148,838
Qld Bravehearts Inc. $198,367
Qld Micah Projects Inc $199,853
QLD Save the Children Australia $194,700
Qld Women’s Legal Service Inc $142,757
Qld Young Parents Program Inc $105,984
SA UnitingCare Wesley Country SA $177,000
SA Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd $197,700
SA Inclusive Directions Inc $65,640
SA National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction $87,361
SA Baptist Care (SA) Inc. $49,107
Tas The Salvation Army Tasmania $199,050
Tas Sexual Assault Support Service Inc (SASS) $192,870
Vic Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) $155,350
Vic EACH $199,964
Vic Hanover Welfare Services $139,670
Vic Women’s Health Goulburn North East $186,250
Vic Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) $198,800
Vic Berry Street $73,190
Vic Child Wise Ltd $191,350
Vic The Bouverie Centre $100,765
Vic Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Inc. (ACPMH) $198,410
Vic Children’s Protection Society $87,222
Vic Yooralla $104,661
Vic Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights (formerly the Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria) $115,038
WA Parkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc.) $200,000
WA Child Australia $80,000
WA Patricia Giles Centre $32,338
WA Anglicare WA $195,000
WA Extra Edge Community Services Inc $128,100
WA Ruah Community Services $121,711
WA The Halo Leadership Development Agency Inc. $78,694