Online Safety Grants Program – Round 1 recipients

Find out more about each of the successful applicants from Round 1 of the Online Safety Grants Program.

Find out more about the successful applicants:

02 6201 5111


Project name

Safe Online Together

Project description

The University of Canberra is a young, dynamic, professionally oriented university with a clear public purpose servicing the people and communities of Canberra and the surrounding regions.

This project will be conducted by the University of Canberra’s News & Media Research Centre (N&MRC), in collaboration with Community Services #1 and Capital Region Community Services (previously known as Belconnen Community Services).

The project will develop and deliver a series of evidence-based workshops and online resources to provide families with school-aged children with the skills to balance the risks and opportunities of digital technologies and reduce family conflict around technology use. The project will involve a range of researchers from the N&MRC and key staff from local community services organisations.

The project will deliver a four-step pilot program that includes peer-facilitated training sessions for young people and families, school based interactive sessions for students, family workshops and a program evaluation. The training sessions will be facilitated by young people aged between 18-25.
The project is expected to reach 2000–3000 students in 5–10 ACT schools and 250 citizens in the broader Canberra region.

Focus area/s: Preparing our citizens, preparing our communities

Audience: Children, young people, families

Funding: $118,000.00

03 9697 0666

Project name

Improve your Play

Project description

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is a leading provider of digital safety education in Australia. The project will be delivered in collaboration with academics from Swinburne University of Technology.

The project aims to develop and deliver a range of education resources and targeted interventions to reduce technology-facilitated harm of a sexualised nature, perpetrated by males aged 15-17. These resources and interventions will be co-designed with a diverse group of adolescent males and females. The interventions will include capacity building online, face-to-face forums (subject to local COVID restrictions) and a social media campaign. 

The resources and interventions will reach their audience through engagement with sporting and e-sporting activities. A social media campaign featuring high-profile role models will also drive awareness.

The project is expected to have a national reach to 250 young males through forums, 10,000 people through social media and up to 10 industry platforms through advocacy.

Focus area/s: Preparing our citizens, preparing our communities, supporting innovation

Audience: Young people aged 15 – 17 years

Funding: $714,800.00

1800 112 112

Project name

Online Safety for All Abilities

Project description

The Endeavour Foundation co-designed and developed an ‘Online Safety Academy’ that allows young people with intellectual disability to improve their online safety skills and awareness to safely navigate digital environments. 

Young people with intellectual disabilities were involved in all aspects of program creation including design and content production. The modules were designed with accessibility in mind and include animation, video content and text to speech activities using characters and imagery that young people with disability can relate to. 

Since launching in April 2021, approximately 2,000 participants have worked through modules covering cyberbullying, online scams as well as personal rights and responsibilities while navigating the internet.

This project has also supported Endeavour Foundation to build new and expand existing relationships with around 20 specialist schools across regional Queensland.

For more information, head to the Online Safety Academy.

Focus area/s: Preparing our citizens and preparing our communities

Audience: Young people with an intellectual disability aged 16-18 

Funding: $100,000.00

02 9281 8822

Project name

Online Safety in Out of Home Care

Project description

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies, established in 1987, is the NSW peak body representing the voice of non-government community organisations that deliver services to vulnerable children, young people, and their families.

The project will develop and deliver co-designed online training resources for children and young people in out of home care and their caregivers. The package will consist of four parts: resources for use by children and young people, resources for carers, resources for Aboriginal children and young people, and resources for Aboriginal carers. Development will be guided by an expert reference group, and a diverse range of young people will be recruited for the co-design phase.

The training resources will be delivered via ACWA’s Centre for Community Welfare Training platform and will be made available for use by other child welfare agencies and partner bodies nationally.

The project is expected to reach 20,000 young people and 15,000 carers across New South Wales in the first year, with wider availability to other agencies in subsequent years.

Focus area/s: Preparing our communities

Audience: Young people in out-of-home care, families

Funding: $485,000.00

03 9699 7655

Project name

Stay Safe Online, Tell Someone

Project description

The Y created an online education package that empowers children, young people, and community members to report unsafe online behaviours. 

Each package addresses different challenges that children, young people and adults face in the online world and encourages everyone to tell someone if they see, hear or feel something online that makes them feel worried or unsafe.

The resources were co-designed with over 500 young people from diverse communities whose experiences and stories shaped the storylines that educate participants about online safety and reporting. 

Since launching in March 2021, over 20,000 participants have used The Y’s ‘choose your own adventure’ resources. 

For more information, visit Stay Safe, Tell Someone.

Focus area: Supporting innovation

Audience: Children, young people, families

Funding: $332,500.00

07 4032 5022

Project name

Staying eSafe

Project description

QRAM has co-designed engaging and relatable online safety radio segments for use in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

The resources were developed with community members from the Northern Peninsula Area (Yarrabah, Kowanyama, Wujal Wujal and Doomadgee), drawing on real life stories and experiences of online safety issues such as online bullying, sharing content online and online grooming.

Six of the eight radio segments have also been paired with engaging animations featuring locally designed imagery. 

The resources were launched on air in September 2021 and have been distributed through community networks in 16 regional and remote communities in Queensland, and broadcast on over 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander radio stations nationally.

For more information, head to Stayin’ eSafe – keeping ourselves, our families and our communities safe online.

Audience: Children, young people, families

Funding: $232,480.00

02 8306 9900

Project name

Souths Cares Cyber Safety Program

Project description

Souths Cares’ ‘Cyber Safety Program’ delivered online safety education programs to primary aged children and members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in NSW. 

Recognising that strong, positive role models play an important role in influencing the behaviours of children and young people, high profile athletes Rhys Wesser, Alex Johnston, Damien Cook, Jayden Sua and Monique Donovan were trained to deliver informative and engaging online safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying, privacy and online scams and safe gaming.

Since launching in April 2021, 15,000 primary school students participated in the program through school-based workshops and online webinars across metropolitan and regional NSW.

The project has been incorporated into Souths Cares’ suite of workshops under the Rabbitohs Wellbeing Program. For more information, head to Rabbitohs Community Wellbeing Program.   

Focus area/s: Preparing our schools, preparing our communities

Audience: Children, young people, families

Funding: $121,000.00 

08 9272 0000

Project name

Creating Virtual Reality Resources for Cyber-Safety Education

Project description

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF) is a Western Australian harm prevention charity established in 1989. The project will be delivered in partnership with the Western Australian Police and Community Youth Centres (WA PCYC).

The project aims to develop and deliver a co-designed Virtual Reality (VR) experience to teach young people about online safety. CCCSF facilitators will work with a group of ‘at risk’ youth to develop engaging and relevant ideas around online safety. The ‘choose your own adventure’ VR film will be developed in conjunction with the WA Screen Academy.

The VR film will be offered free to schools and community youth groups across Western Australia in face-to-face settings using a class set of VR headsets. The film will also made available online for download.

The project is expected to reach 3000 young people in Western Australia through the face-to-face program, and up to a further 5000 nationally through online availability.

Focus area/s: Preparing our schools, preparing our communities, delivering safer online services

Audience: Children, young people, families

Funding: $145,820.00