Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

IT grants to help local family services

Community organisations delivering child and parenting support services across the country will share in $1.8 million from the Gillard Government to upgrade their information and communication technology.

Almost 150 local organisations will receive one-off grants of $9,500 to upgrade their IT services for each program they deliver under the Government’s Family Support Program.

The Family Support Program delivers targeted child and parenting services in regional and disadvantaged communities across Australia, including Indigenous Parenting Support Services, Supported Playgroups and the successful Communities for Children program.

These services aim to improve child development, build parenting skills, and strengthen family relationships.

The one-off grants can be used to purchase and upgrade computers, software, telephone systems, internet connections and other IT costs.

This will help organisations reduce the burden of their administrative and reporting requirements so they can get on with the job assisting children and families across the country.

For example, Playgroups Queensland is going to use the funding to upgrade slow computers and purchase graphic software to produce promotional materials to support playgroups across the state.

The Gillard Government supports a strong, viable community sector. Capacity building grants like these are one way we can help the sector continue to improve the delivery of their essential services for the community.

Further information on the Family Support Program can be found on the FaHCSIA website.

State Organisation Total funding ($)
ACT ACT Playgroups Association Inc 9500
ACT Anglicare Canberra – Goulburn 9500
ACT Barnardos Australia 9500
ACT Belconnen Community Service 9500
ACT Communities @ Work 9500
ACT Companion House Assisting Survivors of Torture and Trauma Incorporated 9500
ACT Marymead Child and Family Centre 19000
NSW Access Macquarie Ltd (formerly Macquarie Research Ltd) 9500
NSW Anglicare NSW 9500
NSW Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) 9500
NSW Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-op Ltd 9500
NSW Barnados Australia 19000
NSW Byron Shire Council 9500
NSW Cabonne Shire Council 9500
NSW Centacare Broken Bay 9500
NSW Centacare Wilcannia Forbes 19000
NSW Eurobodalla Family Support Service Inc 9500
NSW Good Beginnings Australia Limited 19000
NSW Gurehlgam Corporation Limited 9500
NSW Intereach NSW Inc 9500
NSW Kemblawarra Child & Family Centre Inc 9500
NSW KU Children’s Services 19000
NSW Kurrajong Waratah 9500
NSW Lower Mountains Family Support Service 9500
NSW Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation 9500
NSW MacKillop Rural Community Services 19000
NSW Newcastle Family Support Services 9500
NSW Orange City Council 9500
NSW Penrith City Council 9500
NSW Playgroup Association of NSW Inc 9500
NSW Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children 9500
NSW Royal Society for the Welfare of Mothers & Babies – Tresillian 9500
NSW SDN Child and Family Services Pty Ltd 19000
NSW Shoalhaven Division of General Practice 9500
NSW Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation 9500
NSW The Benevolent Society 19000
NSW UnitingCare Burnside 19000
NSW Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative 9500
NSW Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) 9500
NSW Yoorana Gunya Family Violence Healing Centre Aboriginal Corp. 9500
NSW YWCA of NSW 9500
NSW, NT, WA, QLD, VIC, ACT The Smith Family 57000
NT Anglicare NT 19000
NT Australian Red Cross Northern Territory Division 9500
NT Charles Darwin University (will transfer to Menzies School of Health Research through deed of novation) 9500
NT Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services Inc (CAAPS) 9500
NT East Arnhem Shire Council (formerly Galiwinku) 9500
NT Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation 9500
NT NPY Women’s Council 9500
NT Playgroup NT Inc 9500
NT Tangentyere Council Inc. 19000
NT YWCA of Darwin 9500
QLD Aboriginal & Islander Development & Recreational Women’s Assoc. Mount Isa Inc. (Mt Isa AICCA) 9500
QLD Aurukun Shire Council 9500
QLD Boys Town 9500
QLD Centacare Townsville 9500
QLD Cooktown District Community Centre 9500
QLD Creche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland 28500
QLD George Street Neighbourhood Centre Association Inc. 9500
QLD Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd 9500
QLD Gurriny Yealamucka (Good Healing) Health Services Aboriginal Corporation 9500
QLD Kalwun Development Corporation Limited 9500
QLD Koobara Aboriginal & Islander Family Resource Centre Inc. 9500
QLD Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council 9500
QLD Kummara Association Inc. 19000
QLD Lifeline Community Care 19000
QLD Mundubbera Community Development Association 9500
QLD Nambour Community Centre Inc. 9500
QLD Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Women’s Shelter ATSI Association Corp 9500
QLD Phoenix House 9500
QLD Playgroup Queensland Inc 28500
QLD Playgroups Australia Inc 9500
QLD Save the Children Australia – Queensland Division 19000
QLD Sisters Inside Inc 9500
QLD The Salvation Army (Queensland) Property Trust 9500
QLD Townsville Aboriginal & Islanders Health Services Limited (TAIHS) 9500
SA Aboriginal Family Support Services Inc. (AFSS) 9500
SA Alexandrina Council 19000
SA Anglican Community Care Incorporated 19000
SA Anglicare SA Incorporated 19000
SA Baptist Care (SA) Inc. 9500
SA Centacare Catholic Family Services 9500
SA City of Burnside 9500
SA City of Playford 9500
SA District Council of Coober Pedy 9500
SA Nunyara Wellbeing Centre 9500
SA Playgroup SA Inc 9500
SA Relationships Australia South Australia Health Promotion Services 9500
SA The Lady Gowrie Child Centre Inc 9500
SA The Salvation Army (South Australia) Property Trust 9500
SA Uniting Care Wesley Bowden 9500
SA UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide 38000
SA UnitingCare Wesley Port Pirie 9500
SA University of South Australia 9500
TAS Anglicare Tasmania Inc 28500
TAS Centacare Tasmania 9500
TAS Circular Head Aboriginal Corp (CHAC) 19000
TAS Huon Valley Council 9500
TAS Playgroup Tasmania Inc 9500
TAS St Giles Society Inc 9500
TAS Tasmanian Aboriginal Child Care Association 9500
TAS The Salvation Army (TAS) Property Trust 9500
VIC Anglicare VIC 28500
VIC Australian Childhood Foundation 9500
VIC Baptist Community Care 9500
VIC Broadmeadows Uniting Care (THE UNITING Church in Australia Property Trust (Victoria) 9500
VIC Child & Family Care Network Inc. 9500
VIC Children’s Protection Society 9500
VIC Connections UnitingCare 9500
VIC Goulburn Valley Family Care Inc. 9500
VIC Kilmany UnitingCare 19000
VIC Mallee Family Care Inc 9500
VIC Malvern Special Needs Playgroup Inc. 4000
VIC Melbourne City Mission Incorporated 9500
VIC Mildura Aboriginal Corp. 19000
VIC Mirabel Foundation Inc. 9500
VIC Northern District Community Health (NDCH) 9500
Vic Playgroup Victoria (Consortium) 9500
VIC Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation 9500
VIC Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-op Ltd. 9500
VIC St Lukes Anglicare 9500
VIC The Parenting Research Centre 9500
VIC The Queen Elizabeth Centre 9500
VIC The University of Melbourne 9500
VIC Vic. Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-operative Ltd. (VACCA) 19000
VIC Windermere Child and Family Services Inc 9500
VIC Youth and Family Education Resources Pty Ltd 9500
VIC, NSW, QLD Mission Australia 38000
WA Agencies for South West Accommodation Inc. 9500
WA Ardyaloon Playgroup 9500
WA Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors 9500
WA Centrecare Inc Djooraminda 9500
WA City of Armadale 9500
WA Communicare (Inc) 19000
WA Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre 9500
WA Great Southern General Practice Network 9500
WA Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre (Aboriginal Corporation) 9500
WA Ngala 19000
WA Ngangganawili Aboriginal Community Controlled Health & Medical Service 9500
WA Patricia Giles Centre Inc. 9500
WA Pilbara Community Council 9500
WA Playgroup WA Inc 9500
WA Rose Nowers Child Care Centre Inc 9500
WA Save the Children Australia 9500
WA Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku 9500
WA UnitingCare West Mofflyn 9500
WA Wanslea Family Services Inc. 19000
WA Western Australian Deaf Society Inc 9500