Grants and Awards

Grant Recipients

2019 Women's Awards - Nominations Open

The Office for Women are calling for nominations for the 2019 ACT Womens Awards.

The ACT Women’s Awards a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate women who make an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in the ACT.

There are three categories for nominations which are:

So if you know of an outstanding woman please go through the SmartyGrants system at'sAwards.


Nominations open: 10 October 2018
Nominations close: 31 January 2019 at 5pm

Need help or more information?

If you need assistance or have any enquiries, please contact the ACT Office for Women on (02) 6205 72552 or 6205 0515

ACT Violence Prevention Awards


Congratulations to the recipients of the ACT Violence Prevention Awards.

For more information please email or phone 6205 2885.

Women's Grants Program (ACT)


Women's Safety Grants (ACT)


ACT Women’s Safety Grants are to support innovative projects to advance the following priorities identified in the Third Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022:

Prevention and Early Intervention

This category is for targeted early intervention programs or projects for children and young people at risk of becoming involved in violence as adults, including children who have been exposed to domestic violence. It aims to drive changes in the culture, behaviour and attitudes which lead to violence against women and their children.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children

This category is for projects or initiatives that target addressing family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children. The aim is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women by developing culturally appropriate policy, programs and primary prevention activities, delivered in partnership with their communities.

Greater support and choice

This category is for projects or initiatives that target diverse and complex experiences of violence for women who may already face barriers to seeking help such as newly arrived migrant women, women with a disability, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. It aims to offer support to these groups by offering pathways of support which prioritise safety, minimise disruption in their lives, provide appropriate assistance and enable choice.

Sexual violence

This category is aimed at enhancing responses and strategies developed to assist women and children who experience sexual violence.

Responding to children living with violence

This category is for projects or initiatives that target child protection and respond to domestic and family violence, ensuring that the systems which protect children are not used to further victimise women who are living with violence. It aims to protect children, respond to the needs of children, provide a safe environment and take effective action to reduce the impact of violence against children

Keeping perpetrators accountable across all systems

This category is for projects or initiatives that focus on targeting and influencing perpetrator behaviour and supporting behavioural change, and which facilitate more consistent and effective perpetrator interventions being used across all jurisdictions.

A copy of the Third Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 is available on the Australian Government External link website.

Women's Return to Work Grants (ACT)


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Income Means Test

The ACT Women's Return to Work Grants Program is an ACT Government initiative providing women returning to the paid workforce with financial assistance, information and resources to assist them to reach this goal.

Individual grants of up to $1,000 are available to women who have been absent from the workforce for more than 12 months due to caring responsibilities, and who meet the program criteria.

About the Program

Need more information?
Contact Women's Information or Return to Work Co-ordinator.
Email: or
Phone: 02 6205 2885

Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grants


Enrichment Grants provide young women aged 12 to 18 years with an opportunity to receive support to develop a project that will assist them to achieve their goals. Funding can contribute to costs such as equipment, forums, courses and travel expenses to activities.

Enrichment Grants aim to inspire young women to enhance their skills and knowledge within their area of interest. It provides an opportunity for young women to make decisions, take responsibility, or initiate projects in collaboration with an experienced mentor of their choice.

Grant Recipients

Safety Grant

2017-2018 Grant Recipients
2017 Grant Recipients


2018 ACT Women's Award Recipients
2017 ACT Women's Award Recipients
2016 ACT Women's Award Recipients
2015 ACT Women's Award Recipients
2014 ACT Women's Award Recipients

Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grant

2018 Recipients

2018 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2017 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2016 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2015 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2014 Enrichment Grant Recipients
2013 Enrichment Grant Recipients

ACT Women's Grant

2017-2018 Grant Recipients
2016-2017 Grant Recipients
2015-2016 Grant Recipients
2014-2015 Grant Recipients
2013-2014 Grant Recipients
2012-2013 Grant Recipients

ACT Prevention Awards

2018 ACT  Violence Prevention Awards Ceremony was hosted by Ms Yvette Berry MLA, Minister  for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence on Monday 10 December 2018.

The ACT Violence Prevention Awards recognise projects,  organisations and individuals who are making significant contributions to the  prevention of violence against women and children in the ACT.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners and Runners up.

The ACT Community Sector / not for profit Award

This award acknowledges innovative partnerships within the community sector in the ACT whose initiatives have brought the community together to work towards preventing violence against women and children.

EveryMan – The Partner Contact Program – WinnerEveryMan – The Partner Contact Program – Winner

The Partner Contact Program works across the EveryMan Australia Organisation to support partners, ex or current and any other family members who have been impacted by living with domestic violence with the focus on safety and children.

They work collaboratively with other agencies to allow for seamless referral pathways for participants. They also actively engage with Sector Forums and community events.

Menslink – WinnerMenslink – Winner

Menslink work with young men and their families across the ACT region, acknowledging that young boys are often overwhelmed by anger and anxiety, and support them to navigate tough times, with minimal harm to themselves and others. They deliver their message and programs through different modalities such as ongoing media campaigns, working alongside the Canberra Raiders to gain maximum exposure to the community, delivering programs and presentations to workplaces and high schools across the ACT.

The Health Award

This award acknowledges the important role that the health sector can play in the prevention of violence against women and children.

Professor Vanitha Parekh – WinnerProfessor Vanitha Parekh – Winner

Professor Parekh has taken a key role in raising awareness in the ACT in relation to non-fatal strangulation. This included Strangulation Prevention and Intervention Program training sessions. Professor Parekh was integral to organising securing the international experts to present and ensuring that attendees were present from the range of professions that most needed education in this content. She has also been a major contributor to the working group that has been convened to progress the implementation of key actions identified as a result of the training, including the development of training resources.

The Education Award

This award recognises the important role of education in preventing domestic and family violence.

Lyneham High School – Dare Program – WinnerLyneham High School – Dare Program – Winner

The DARE program (Developing Adolescent Resilience and Enterprise) at Lyneham High School is devised for boys to harness the strengths of teamwork and leadership through fitness, sport and positive role modelling. The program runs through a Health and PE class for year 9 and 10 boys.

Students are involved in extensive fitness work as both individuals and as a part of a team. The boys are provided with opportunities to show leadership within the group as well as within a greater school community and are held to a high standard of behaviour across the program. There are four teachers who take these classes and together, in consultation with the boys, they provide a variety of school activities while sill delivering the Australian Curriculum for these subject areas.

Amaroo School – LEADAS as White Ribbon Initiatives – Runner UpAmaroo School – LEADAS as White Ribbon Initiatives – Runner Up

Amaroo School has dedicated itself to modernising the way in which they educate young male adolescents in developing positive behaviour and attitudes towards women. In late 2016, they realised that this was a crucial issue for

their school community.

From this, the LEADAS program was developed to address a growing issue regarding the culture, self-efficacy and engagement of a large group of male students in years 9 and 10 at Amaroo School. Contemporary education theory and student co-design form the foundations of the program. LEADAS has improved outcomes in respect to academic achievement, wellbeing and engagement. The LEADAS program has significantly impacted the lives of the participants, providing a sense of connection, purpose, and individualisation to each student’s learning.

The Media Award

This award acknowledges the significant role of the media and communicating with the community to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and children in the ACT.

ABC News – Elizabeth Byrne and Susan McDonald – WinnerABC News – Elizabeth Byrne and Susan McDonald – Winner

Elizabeth and Susan are ABC Canberra journalists who, through their reporting across digital, television and radio, have teamed up on several domestic and family violence stories relating to events and policies in the ACT. They completed an investigation in February into the murder of Tara Costigan at the hands of her former partner. The resulting story looked at all facets of the tragedy and highlighted the devastating impact of coercive and controlling behaviour and how it can turn deadly.

Domestic Violence Crisis Service Social Media Champions – Runner UpDomestic Violence Crisis Service Social Media Champions – Runner Up

Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) Social Media Champions is a program operated by the DVCS, engaging a team of 13 individuals from around the ACT who volunteer their time to help share DVCS posts via social media. Both women and men from a variety of backgrounds and
age groups who have experienced family or domestic violence help to distribute the messages about the support DVCS can offer. The group supports DVCS’s use of social media across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by sharing, liking and commenting on DVCS posts. Additionally some of the Champions have shared a photo of themselves and short post about why being a DVCS Social Media Champion is important to them.

Workplace / Private Sector Award

This Award recognises and acknowledges the contribution and participation of Canberra’s private sector in preventing violence against women and children.

Veterinary Support for DVCS clients – Dr Jane Parker – WinnerVeterinary Support for DVCS clients – Dr Jane Parker – Winner

Dr Parker provides veterinary support free of charge, to people who have been impacted by domestic, family or intimate partner violence. The clinic operates out the RSPCA premises in Weston and clients are only charged the cost of the vaccination or other medication as required for around $15 - $25 per animal. The clinic is advertised via the DFV Community Organisation Newsletter. During the financial year 2017/18 Jane has supported 9 dogs and 5 cats, saving clients approximately $1,600.

Dr Parker is a private vet but uses her day off once every six to eight weeks to provide this clinic.

The UnionsACT Womens’ Committee - WinnerThe UnionsACT Wo

mens’ Committee - Winner

The UnionsACT Womens’ Committee is a collective of union women, representing female workers from workplaces across the ACT and providing a diverse set of experiences across diverse fields of work. ‘The We Won’t Wait Campaign’ Is calling for 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave in enterprise agreements for workers.