New Grants

Victorians will be able to work smarter and improve their quality of life thanks to a range of new technology grants announced.  Minister for Information and Communication Technology, John Lenders, said thanks to the Government’s $15 million Collaborative Internet Innovation Fund (cIIF), 22 businesses and community groups would receive grants of up to $500,000.

“The cIIF program supports projects which show how new technologies such as web 2.0 can be used to work in new ways or solve important problems, demonstrating Victoria’s leading position in productive use of new technology.”

Mr Lenders said some highlights of the grants included:

  • implementing a new interactive website to help fire service technicians share information and training materials to help them perform their jobs at the highest possible level;
  • piloting a new real-time mobile carpool matching system for workplaces in Melbourne’s CBD, Docklands and Southbank to help cut traffic congestion and reduce vehicle emissions; and
  • developing a new online tool to help self-managed super fund holders to better understand the complex superannuation environment and share information to maximise their retirement incomes, especially during the recovery from the Global Financial Crisis.

Other web 2.0 projects to receive funding include:

  • Australian Practice Nurses Association – platform for general practice nurses;
  • Dairy Innovation Australia – online milk benchmarking system;
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – patient shared record for families and carers;
  • Alfred Health – secure knowledge exchange for researchers and health staff;
  • Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum – online record of farm environmental data;
  • Song Room – remote music education for rural communities;
  • Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau – platform for culturally and linguistically diverse residents;
  • Uniting Care – online counselling for amphetamine users;
  • Field Inc – support for disability services workers;
  • Relationships Australia Victoria – 24 hour counselling services;
  • Social Firms Australia – support and education for mental health workers;
  • South East Water – real-time updates on council and utilities water works;
  • Parks Victoria – collaborative user-generated online park management system;
  • Public Records Office – Koori history conservation and records management;
  • Museum Victoria – community collections management; and
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority – tools for Indigenous language teaching in Victorian schools.
  • Birchip Cropping Group – educating landholders on wildlife ponds in a piped rural water system
  • Moreland Energy Foundation Limited – engaging residents into a zero carbon initiative
  • Trust for Nature/Gippsland Plains – online network to encourage local protection of endangered vegetation and habitats.

For more information visit www.mmv.vic.gov.au/CollaborativeInternetInnovationFund

cIIF Round 2 will focus on the development of innovative applications for the high capacity broadband environment and is due to run in 2010. Further details about Round 2 will be available mid year.

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