The Northern Territory of Australia is currently seeking applications for its Risk Assessment and Management Framework (RAMF) Implementation Grants Program to improve DFSV responses of universal services by embedding the RAMF within universal services (that is, ensuring alignment of their policies, governance and operations with the RAMF).
- Grant funding of $2.446 million has been provided by the Australian Government which will provide up to eight grants of $305,750 (excluding GST) per grant over the grant period.
- The grant period is for 24 months, from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2025.
What can’t be funded?
- Grant funding cannot support:
- client facing or other program or support roles (with the exception of the RAMF Champion role);
- any project of a political party nature;
- any project of a commercial or business nature;
- set-up or running costs of a business, purchase of capital equipment (including hardware or software);
- retrospective funding for projects, functions, services that have already started or have been completed or items that have already been provided or previously purchased;
- projects by organisations established for profit or financial gain or increased membership;
- projects that duplicate existing services available to the community;
- deficit budgets;
- real estate purchases;
- the purchase or development of any infrastructure;
- unreasonable management or administration fees of the organisation; and
- other items that the panel assesses as not meeting the aims/objectives of the funding.
- Grant funding will be provided to universal services to employ or otherwise engage a “RAMF Champion” staff member to lead internal RAMF implementation and alignment of the grant recipient’s organisation with the RAMF.
- The duties of the RAMF Champion (or other suitable position) may include:
- identifying relevant governance structures to support implementation, embedding and oversight of the RAMF
- ensuring governance bodies, management and staff are aware of the RAMF and Common Risk Assessment Tool (CRAT) and how it applies in their organisations
- aligning organisational policies, guidelines, tools and procedures with the RAMF and CRAT. This may include the auditing of existing documents or the creation of new documents, or updating client management systems to include CRAT and other RAMF tools
- facilitating staff participation in RAMF training and developing policies on mandatory RAMF training for appropriate staff
- providing other regular and ongoing professional development opportunities in relation to DFV
- monitoring compliance with policy, guidelines and procedures including developing review mechanisms
- developing mechanisms (such as supervision and reflective practice) to provide adequate support to staff who are working with clients experiencing DFV
- developing mechanisms (such as leave entitlements, supportive employment policies, accountability policies for employees committing DFSV, and training for HR and managers) to provide adequate support to staff who are experiencing DFV
- developing and implementing policies and practices that support an integrated DFSV service system, including:
- participation in interagency DFSV meetings, working collaboratively with key partners in the universal and DFSV specialist services sector, and developing formal partnerships with DFSV referral agencies (ie. through development of an MOU or similar)
- developing client referral pathways for clients experiencing or committing DFSV, including to universal, DFSV specialist and statutory services
- develop client-feedback models and mechanisms that inform service continual improvement in relation to DFSV practice
- develop and embed culturally safe and appropriate policies and practices so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients experiencing or committing DFSV, and clients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds experiencing or committing DFSV, are safely supported and assisted. This includes collaboration with relevant services, use of interpreters, professional development for staff and client feedback processes
- participation in the Community of Practice.
- To be eligible to apply for a Supporting RAMF Implementation Grant, applicants must be a universal service which operates in the Northern Territory, and which is either:
- a not-for-profit or charitable organisation, as defined by the Australian Charities and Not-forprofit Commission (ACNC);
- an incorporated association;
- an Indigenous Corporation, as listed on the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC); or
- a Northern Territory local government authority.
- Organisations operating in the Northern Territory are able to partner with other organisations or individuals that may or may not operate in the Northern Territory.
For more information, visit Northern Territory of Australia.