The Smartraveller Grants Program aims to encourage safe travel by Australians overseas.
Funding is available for innovative, effective projects and partners who can help implement the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Consular Strategy 2017-19.
Our consular priorities include:
- maximising public engagement with Smartraveller;
- a focus on mental health;
- exploring ways to expand victim support services overseas; and
- seeking new opportunities to reach out to Australian travellers (from schoolies to cruise passengers and retirees) and provide the tools to help travellers help themselves.
The Smartraveller Grants Program 2017-18 round has now closed.
Four community organisations were awarded Smartraveller grants for innovative projects helping Australians make informed decisions about how, when and where they travel.
The grant recipients are:
- Red Frogs ($15,000) to educate and support young people celebrating schoolies overseas. The grant will help Red Frogs volunteers operate in popular destinations in Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu during peak holiday periods.
- The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation ($12,000) to deliver travel safety presentations in Australian high schools. Nicole died in a motorbike accident in Thailand in 2012. Her sister Kate will share the family’s story and tips for young travellers.
- L.I.A.M Charity ($10,000) to raise awareness of methanol alcohol poisoning in memory of Liam Davis. The group will promote safe partying messages through a social media campaign and in high schools and universities.
- The Aged Care & Housing (ACH) Group ($8,000) to hold a ‘seniors without borders’ public forum. ACH will develop video and marketing material addressing the unique challenges international travel poses for Australians aged 60 and over.