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eSafety Dedicated Project Officer grants

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About the eSafety Dedicated Project Officer grant opportunity

Our Office

The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) was established in July 2015 as the government agency committed to keeping Australian citizens safer online. eSafety is an independent statutory office supported by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). eSafety has various functions and powers, under Australian Government legislation, to foster online safety.

eSafety’s functions include the administration of complaints and reporting schemes for online content, cyberbullying and the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

eSafety also provides strategic leadership and guidance through the delivery of evidence-based resources and outreach programs, to educate Australians about online safety. The eSafety Strategy (2019-2022) guides our work.

The eSafety Women program aims to empower Australian women to manage technology risks and abuse, and to facilitate their positive participation online. The program provides training and resources for women experiencing technology-facilitated abuse and the domestic and family violence frontline workers who are supporting them. More information about our work is available at eSafety Women program.

Our Program

In March 2019, the Australian Government announced a total of $2.5 million over three years for the development and implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Technology-Facilitated Abuse Resources Program (the Program). This grant opportunity forms one element of the Program and will provide $368,550 in grant funding over two years (2020-2021 to 2021-2022).

We will Fund:

Up to nine Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCOs), located in targeted urban, regional and remote areas, who specialise in domestic and family violence service provision or support women in vulnerable circumstances, to engage a part time DPO (0.2 Full Time Employment) to work on the grant activity to develop resources and training

Who should apply?

The grant opportunity is a targeted, competitive grant opportunity, only available to invited ACCOs in selected locations that meet the eligibility requirements. eSafety, in consultation with the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), has determined the locations and ACCOs to be targeted for this grant opportunity.

Please Note: only ACCOs who have been invited to apply are eligible to submit an application.

The objectives of this grant opportunity are to:

  • build capacity and capability within the targeted ACCOs to deal with technology-facilitated abuse in a domestic and family violence setting
  • enable ACCOs to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women within their community to identify, report and protect themselves and their children from technology-facilitated abuse as an extension of domestic and family violence; and
  • enable ACCOs to implement place-based approaches to address technology-facilitated abuse in their community.

Before you begin

IMPORTANT: Please read the information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Before applying, you must read and understand the guidelines.

These documents may be found at GrantConnect.

Any alterations and addenda[1] will be published on GrantConnect and by registering on this website, you will be automatically notified of any changes. GrantConnect is the authoritative source for grants information.

You must submit your grant application in English using the application form, which can be downloaded from eSafety’s online grants management system. By registering, you will be automatically notified of any alterations and amendments.

Our application form is only available online and your application must be submitted electronically. eSafety will not provide application forms or accept applications for this grant opportunity by fax, mail or email.

Please ensure you save as you go.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us via email at and quote your application number.

Click here to view and download the DPO Grants application FAQ.

If you need more help using this form, download the SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants or check out the SmartyGrants Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


On the right-hand side of every screen, there is a box which links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to page you want. You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the ‘My Applications’ link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the ‘Download’ button at the bottom of the application navigation panel.


You will find a ‘Review’ button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it. Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed. Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible. When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register. If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then your submission has NOT been received.


To support your application, you will be required to upload the following documentation:

  • evidence of your organisation’s financial viability to continue operating for the length of the program; for example, your accountant’s statement to this effect
  • evidence in the form of a letter from your board (CEO, Chair or equivalent) that the grant activities are supported, and that you can complete the commitments within the timeframe. This evidence should also indicate that any ordinary costs with running your organisation will not be covered by the grant funding.
  • a statement identifying any limitations that the COVID-19 virus may have on your ability (if required) to physically access communities to deliver grant activities and outcomes.

You must attach supporting documentation to the application form in line with the instructions provided within the form. You should only attach requested documents.

You will need to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a zip drive, or similar. You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time. If you are not able to upload a document, please contact us for support


A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details, as long as only one person at a time works on the application.

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[1] Alterations and addenda include but are not limited to:

  • corrections to currently published documents,
  • changes to close times for applications,
  • Questions and Answers (Q&A) documents and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents






Have you read the DPO grants guidelines and the draft agreement? * Required

Please ensure you read and understand the guidelines and sample grant agreement found on GrantConnect. If you are successful, we will use the Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement as outlined in section 10.1 of the Guidelines.