Welcome to the Telematics Trust
The vision of Telematics Trust is for technology to transform lives through education and training for the cultural, social and economic benefit of Victorians.
The Telematics Trust is committed to funding initiatives that support our vision by demonstrating innovative use of technology through education and training.
- Demonstrate the innovative use of technology through education and learning which aim to measurably improve the well-being of the community and environment
- Provide unique funding opportunities to individuals, Educational Institutions, Government, Business, social enterprises and Not-for-Profit organisations
- Use technology to reach diverse groups and address important practical problems in our community and environment.
In pursuit of this mission, Telematics Trust targets initiatives that:
- Deserve special distinction
- Would be assisted by seeding grants
- Are not generally within the province of other funding bodies
The Trust provides unique funding opportunities to individuals, Educational Institutes, Government, Business, social enterprises and Not-for-Profit organisations.
Recently Funded Projects
Telematics Trust supported the following list of organisations in the 2019 grant round.
MELBOURNE HEALTH | $50,000
Organ Donation Risk Calculation App | The Trust is supporting Melbourne Health to transform the lives of people needing an organ transplant, by increasing accessibility to transplantable organs from Elevated Risk Donors. An Organ Donation Risk Calculator App will present data about an available organ; its risk and benefits; to facilitate decision-making about acceptability for patients, clinicians and transplant teams.
GISBORNE MONTESSORI SCHOOL | $7,000
Introducing STEM following Montessori pedagogy | The Trust is supporting the introduction of robotics and coding to students in a sequential, hands-on manner to fit in with Montessori philosophy. Many children in the school are diagnosed on the autism spectrum and the hands-on approach to learning allows these children to understand concepts before applying them abstractly.
ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA | $35,002
Tackling disadvantage: Upskilling Aboriginal AOD Workers | The Trust is supporting Odyssey House Victoria to address economic and social disadvantage within Aboriginal communities, by delivering accessible, culturally appropriate alcohol and other drugs (AOD) training to upskill AOD workers who self-identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities via online means.
CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY | $18,502
Mayday Hills: Virtual tour linked to life and death | The Trust is supporting the development of a website that takes the visitor on a 3-dimensional virtual tour of Mayday Hills, the former mental hospital in Beechworth, Victoria, and related gravesites at the Beechworth cemetery. Onsite at Mayday Hills and Beechworth Cemetery visitors will be able to use their smartphones to link via QR codes to gain knowledge about locations and people.
LA TROBE UNIVERSITY | $50,000
Escaping the Classroom | Escape rooms are popular recreational activities involving solving a series of puzzles within a time limit. Recently, La Trobe University developed a prototype electronic device for educational escape room games. This project will work towards making this open source and will create significant upgrades and training materials to make them easy for teachers to use.
LIFE SAVING VICTORIA | $50,000
eSwimming | Life Saving Victoria will pilot an innovative new project ‘eSwimming’ to teach swimming skills in a manner never attempted before, that aims to reduce drowning death and injury in Victoria. This will be achieved through development of an interactive dry land swimming aid, supported by exciting technology, that simulates the action of swimming - without water.
AUTISM BEHAVIOURAL INTERVENTION ASSOCIATION (ABIA) | $49,921
Platform for connection/delivery of autism services | ABIA will develop a new platform to deliver and co-ordinate ABA programs and learning; to connect families, therapists, doctors and providers, including regional and remote Australia; to translate such programs into culturally diverse environments and languages; and to “train trainers” via access to a digital platform.
CABRINI TECHNOLOGY GROUP | $50,000
A digital platform for educating oxygen therapy patients | The project involves the development of a digital platform for the education, engagement and monitoring of the 2000+ Victorian domiciliary oxygen therapy patients under the care of the State-wide Equipment Program. Through better connecting and educating the users of this service, the platform is expected to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.
MACKILLOP FAMILY SERVICES | $35,339
Talking Foster Care | Victoria is facing a critical shortage of foster carers. Through an innovative series of podcasts, Mackillop Family Services aim to address the increasing gap between children requiring foster care and the availability of suitable carers. In an Australian first, this series of podcasts will feature carers sharing insights and advice about their valuable role.
SUSTAINABLE GARDENING VICTORIA | $46,240
Garden Chemical Product Guide Communication Tool | The Trust is supporting the development of a web-based information tool to inform and educate consumers about chemical garden products and alternative approaches to address problems of pests, weeds and disease. It will allow them to make smarter, safer choices to minimise any harmful impacts of these products on their health and on the environment.
CODE FOR AUSTRALIA | $7,000
Civic Makers | Civic Makers is a series of events to bring government, non-profits, academia and community together to collaboratively address and work towards solving wicked problems in Melbourne. Using technology as a vehicle for collaboration, the events will bring together a diverse group of people with a range of skills from the Code for Australia community.
THE GARDENIST | $44,750
The Gardenist Online Community | The Trust is providing seed funding to develop an innovative educational platform that brings together a network to create an online community of members. The Gardenist will facilitate communication, sharing of knowledge, skills and sensitivities providing connection between a diverse membership that has a common passion for horticulture and the environment.