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Safer Children, Safer Communities

We are committed to helping to reduce the human impact of financial crime, protect children, create safer communities, and contribute to long-term change within Westpac Group, across business and in society.

The Safer Children, Safer Communities work program involves a series of actions and investments that we intend to deliver in Australia and across the Asia Pacific Region over a three year period (2020 – 2023) to make a meaningful impact on child safety and protection. The program emerged from the third pillar of Westpac’s Response Plan to the AUSTRAC November 2019 Statement of Claim.

 

To guide our approach, we have established the Safer Children, Safer Communities Roundtable of experts in human rights, child safety, online safety, and law enforcement. Together, with the Roundtable and our wider Advisory Group, we have developed a work program, also known as a theory of change. The work program focuses on our ambitions for impact and our target areas, with associated funding principles to support long lasting change for children and their communities. 
 

We will focus our efforts on the ambitions across four streams of impact:

 

Internal External
Westpac Group Upstream Midstream Downstream
Catalyse change in the company to create deeper awareness and accountability and be an advocate in Australia for safeguarding children.  Raise awareness of the issue of online sexual exploitation of children, and the role of business and the community in acknowledging and taking responsibility for safeguarding and protecting children. Accelerate unity of action on OSEC, through the development and adoption of collaborative technologies and capabilities to better detect, monitor, report and prevent harm to children associated with financial crime. Help safeguard children in Australia, and in those APAC countries where children are at highest risk, by supporting and scaling the efforts of organisations to empower, protect and support children, survivors, their families and carers, and improve their access to restorative justice.

2021 Grants

In 2021, we are expanding our funding program and offering a range of new grants to continue helping children, young people and their families stay safe and protected in Australia. This funding will include a mix of individual programs, research initiatives and strategic partnerships that address systems-level change across the categories below:
 

Impact Grants Research Grants Strategic Partnerships Program
  • 10 seed grants valued at $50,000 each for small to medium organisations working on new ideas or one-off initiatives
  • 6 multi-year grants valued at $200,000 each per year over three years for existing evidence-based innovative programs looking to scale
  • 7 grants valued at $150,000 each, over up to 2 years, to support quality research and the development of new evidence-based approaches towards tackling the problem of child abuse, child sexual abuse and exploitation

Collaborative child protection programs addressing the need for system-level change across two priority areas:

Priority 1: Enhance awareness on child protection, wellbeing and safety within communities experiencing disadvantage and supporting place-based responses to improve child protection outcomes

  • Phase 1: 1 grant valued at $350,000 per year over three years for a delivery partner in collaboration with an evaluation partner to support three communities to develop or expand place-based initiatives that raise awareness on child protection and safety
  • Phase 2: The delivery partner, the Safer Communities team and community stakeholders work in collaboration to identify and select three communities (rural, regional, remote, and disadvantaged metro) to deliver prevention, education and evidence-based awareness raising initiatives on child protection and wellbeing that aim to shift attitudes and change behaviour
     

Priority 2: Drive action on child safeguarding across Australian businesses

  • 1 grant valued at $1m per year over three years for a delivery partner/s to form a coalition of Australian businesses and lead an agreed program of work, initiatives, and activities.

Target areas:

  • technology
  • targeted education and prevention
  • response and recovery

Target areas:

  • at-risk children and families
  • perpetrators or those at risk of perpetrating

Target areas:

  • enhance awareness to empower communities families, and individuals to improve child protection, wellbeing, and safety outcomes
  • drive action on child safeguarding across Australian businesses

Apply if:

  • you are registered in Australia as a not-for-profit
  • you are looking to fund a new or evidence-based local or national project to be delivered in Australia

Applications can be for individual organisations or those applying as coalitions

Apply if:

  • you are registered in Australia as a not-for-profit
  • you can demonstrate prior research/methodological experience, including two previous research outputs
  • you have an interest in child rights, child abuse/exploitation related research

Apply if:

  • you are registered in Australia as a not-for-profit
  • you are looking to be a delivery partner/s who can help to drive change across system-level challenges
  • you are engaged with community partners or have existing relationships with business

Timing:

  • Applications open: 17 May 2021
  • Applications close: 15 June 2021
  • Successful applicants contacted by end of September 2021

Timing:

  • Applications open: 17 May 2021
  • Applications close: 15 June 2021
  • Successful applicants contacted by end of September 2021

Timing:

  • Applications for Priority 1 (Phase 1) and Priority 2 open: 17 May 2021
  • Applications close: 15 June 2021
  • Successful applicants contacted by end of September 2021

Priority 1 (Phase 2) – Identified communities will be consulted from November 2021

Please note that the selection of an organisation is at Westpac's sole discretion.

Assessment panel interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a 45min interview with an assessment panel comprising Westpac employees and external experts. We will contact you directly and provide you with more information.

Register for our online information sessions to learn more about our grants.

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