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Grant tackles assistance for at-risk children



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Monday, 30 May 2011

GRANT TACKLES ASSISTANCE FOR AT-RISK CHILDREN

Charles Darwin University is partnering with governments and industry to help transform child protection services and improve safety for vulnerable Indigenous children. This is thanks to two Australian Government Linkage Projects grants totalling $180,338.

Announcing funding of $67 million for 219 new Australian research projects Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects scheme encourages research and development projects that will enhance the lives of Australians.

“This vital funding will help Territory researchers work with industry and other partners outside the higher education sector, to find tangible, workable solutions to real issues,” Senator Carr said.

“The Linkages Projects scheme supports research that helps Australian manufacturers become more innovative and create high-wage, high-quality jobs by tackling important issues and improving the quality of life for all Australians.”

Using a $90,000 grant Charles Darwin University will explore new models to help compliance with child safety plans developed in family group conferences in child protection matters in Alice Springs.

A $90,338 grant will help and the University develop virtual galleries using new technologies to introduce webcam and 3D art galleries to remote art centres to help secure income and wealth and wellbeing for people in remote communities.

For more information on these projects and to see a list of all projects, visit the media kit at http://www.arc.gov.au/media/major_announce.htm.

Nationally, 436 national and international partner organisations will top-up the Australian Government’s $67 million investment with an additional $139 million in cash and in-kind support.

For more information on the ARC and the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio, visit www.arc.gov.au and www.innovation.gov.au.

Media contacts: Sheena Ireland, Minister's office, 0427 092 100 Tamsin Allen, ARC, 0412 623 056