Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Round 1 Grants: 2020 recipients

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 was founded in 1951 to support people with intellectual disability to live their best life. The Foundation provides services for over 3,300 people with disability, including learning and development, and placement and employment services.

The project will co-design three to four online safety modules to allow young adults with intellectual disability to improve their online safety skills and awareness to safely navigate digital environment. The completed modules will be hosted on the GO1 online platform and distributed through the Foundation’s existing networks and a digital marketing campaign.

The project is expected to reach all states, with a focus on rural, remote and regional communities in Queensland, Western Sydney and Melbourne and reach 2,000 young people with disability by April 2022. 

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

YMCA Services is an entity of YMCA Australia that provides shared and support services to the 14 Member YMCAs across Australia.

The project will create and pilot a co-designed online education package, based on previously conducted research based on ‘nudge theory’, to empower children, young people, and community members to report unsafe online behaviours. Using existing networks, a diverse group of young people will be recruited to assist with development of three separate education packages for children (8–12), young people (13–18) and families.

The packages will be freely available through an online learning platform and will be promoted nationally through existing communications channels.

The project is expected to reach 100,000 people nationally, with half this audience comprising children and young people, and half comprising families.

Focus area: Supporting innovation

Audience: Children, young people, families

Funding: $332,500.00

07 4032 5022

Project name

Staying eSafe

Project description

Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media (QRAM) is a not-for-profit Indigenous community organisation that serves as the peak body for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communications in Queensland.

The project will co-design engaging and understandable online safety education resources for use with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Queensland. The co-design phase will be conducted in at least 4 remote communities and involve a 3-stage process to ensure participants are able to feedback into the production process. The format of the resources will include six 60-second animations and eight 30-second radio segments.

The animations and audio segments will be 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.

The project is expected to reach children, young people, and community members in 16 regional and remote communities in Queensland, and 100 communities around Australia.

Focus area/s: Preparing our communities

Audience: Children, young people, families

Funding: $232,480.00

02 8306 9900

Project name

Souths Cares Cyber Safety Program

Project description

Souths Cares was established in 2006 as an independent public benevolent institution and is closely affiliated with the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club.

Souths Cares Cyber Safety Program is a multi-faceted initiative using existing public profiles and digital platforms to provide education about online safety to key demographic groups, including primary aged children and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The program will be based upon the existing ‘Rabbitohs Wellbeing Program’ and will be managed by a Health and Wellbeing Steering Committee with subject matter experts drawn from the education, health, and community sectors.

The program will be delivered through face-to-face workshops in schools, NAIDOC Festival events, live-streamed workshops, and a digital and social media campaign.

The program will have an estimated audience in metropolitan New South Wales of 15,000 primary school students, 2,500 online workshop attendees and 1200 festival attendees, and an online social media audience combined reach across Facebook, Instagram and websites of 770,000. 

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