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Research Grants

Supporting quality research that bridges critical gaps in knowledge and evidence to assist in the protection of children, young people, and their families.

Applications for 2021 have closed

The Research Grants seek to support a better understanding of risk factors for child abuse, sexual abuse, and exploitation, investigating prevention and early intervention strategies, and developing evidence that can help inform changes in policy and practice. 

We are offering seven grants, valued at $150,000 each, over up to 2 years. 

Research funded through this grant must focus on at least one of the following target areas


At-risk children and families Perpetrators or those at risk of perpetrating

Understanding risk factors for child abuse, sexual abuse, and exploitation (including online) related victimisation within vulnerable communities


investigating the effectiveness and impact of prevention and early intervention approaches for at-risk children and families

Investigating prevention and early intervention strategies with perpetrators or those at-risk of perpetrating including adult perpetrators and youth exhibiting harmful sexual behaviour


The funding principles below will guide our investments:


Evidence based and innovative approach Practical applicability Skills and expertise of researchers Long term outcomes Collaboration

We invest in research that adopts a sound evidence-based approach towards research design, analysis, and outcomes

We also encourage innovative and creative research approaches towards a better understanding of CSA, CSE and OSEC

We fund research that results in actionable and practical outputs that can be applied towards program design, policy development and contribute towards broader public discourse, including influencing policy reform/outcomes in government, business and/or civil society
We support research projects with highly skilled principal investigators/researchers with relevant research/methodological experience and interest in child rights, child abuse/exploitation We pursue research that contributes towards lasting impact on children and families beyond the period of the grant We encourage research projects that include collaboration between researchers, civil society, NGO stakeholders and other external partners in the design and execution of the research 


Application process


Check eligibility Application Assessment Outcome Reporting

See the Related information section below

If your organisation meets the eligibility criteria, please complete an online application The Safer Children, Safer Communities team will review your application as well as engage independent partners to review potential grantees

Outcome advised

If successful, grant agreements will be established

Grants paid

Six monthly updates required

Submit final report within three months of completing research

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



Key dates

  • Applications open: 17 May 2021 
  • Applications close: 15 June 2021, 5pm AEST
  • Notification of outcome: end of September 2021
  • Latest commencement date for research: 31 December 2021 

Related information: