Peak consumer communications group, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), has announced six new telecommunications consumer advocacy projects for seniors, children and people experiencing financial hardship.
The six Australian research and community groups receiving the award are the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA); Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau (VRB): Know Your Gizmo; Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne; Financial Counselling Australia (FCA); National Children's and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC); and Market Clarity.
They will be funded through the 2012 Round of the $250,000 ACCAN Grants Scheme.
The projects are designed to help a wide range of consumers – from developing an online computer training course for seniors to providing a comprehensive website for young mobile consumers, and research into how small businesses fare in the communications market.
“The competitiveness of the scheme continues to grow with a record 75 applications this year – the quality of the applications this year was again of a very high standard,” ACCAN deputy chief executive, Narelle Clark, said.
The ACCAN Grants Scheme, now in its fourth year, provides more than $250,000 in funding each year for projects that align with the organisation’s vision of available, affordable and accessible communications for all Australians.