Government Ministers join Itree to discuss innovative platform helping to protect vulnerable children in Australia

Dept. Communities and Justice update Ministers on Connect for Safety, powered by the REACH platform, enabling inter-agency data sharing to protect vulnerable children in Australia.

2nd September 2020


Itree were proud to host Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services via video connection and The Hon. Minister Gareth Ward, NSW Minister for Families and Communities, and Minister for Disability Services, along with Briony Foster, Executive District Director, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney and Northern Sydney Districts, Department of Communities and Justice, in August 2020 at our Wollongong innovation centre to provide an update on Connect for Safety, powered by the REACH platform, enabling inter-agency data sharing to protect vulnerable children in Australia.

The Ministers’ heard first-hand about the challenges that Connect for Safety is helping to solve. Every day child protection workers who operate within a high-pressure environment are required to make immediate assessments regarding children-at-risk without the timely access to historical information in other jurisdictions.

The Connect for Safety solution, powered by Itree’s REACH child protection information sharing and linkage system, is a secure, robust integrated software solution enabling State and Territory child protection agencies to share vital information in a timely manner.

"This solution is a game changer for child protection agencies, in keeping children and vulnerable people who cross multiple jurisdictions safe. I am so incredibly excited to see the solution working, and am grateful to the collegiate work between all states, territories, the Commonwealth and Itree that has made this possible," said Briony Foster, Executive District Director, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney and Northern Sydney Districts, Department of Communities and Justice.

A demonstration of the software showcased the power of the solution to make a significant difference in closing the window of further abuse and neglect for children and families. The guests were impressed with how quickly and easily it enables agency workers to find relevant records, which can then be further investigated.

Itree especially acknowledged the dedication and experience of child safety professionals across Australia from all State and Territorial agencies, who have worked so hard to turn an innovation challenge into a reality for better protecting vulnerable children’s well-being and safety.

The challenge of not easily being able to share data across agencies in different jurisdictions is an issue across many levels of government. There are numerous applicable scenarios where our community would benefit from the powerful search and secure sharing capabilities of REACH. The Ministers discussed what’s next and the future benefits that will be realised.

Itree CEO, Ben Hobby, commented: "The safety of those most vulnerable in our society is paramount to us all. We have worked with amazing individuals across multiple Government departments who are immensely dedicated to the safety outcomes this technology can provide. We are committed to ensuring this technology makes a significant difference for the safety of children and families across the nation, then further abroad."

Pictured (from left to right); Briony Foster, Executive District Director, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney and Northern Sydney Districts, Department of Communities and Justice; The Hon. Minister Gareth Ward, NSW Minister for Families and Communities, and Minister for Disability Services; Ben Hobby, CEO, Itree

About Objective

Objective Corporation (ASX:OCL) creates information and process governance solutions that are effortless to use and enable organisations to advance their own digital transformation; extending governance across the spectrum of the modern workplace to underpin information, processes and collaborative work-spaces.

Designed for the public sector and regulated industries, these solutions turn the imperative of compliance, accountability and governance into an opportunity to streamline business processes and deliver the innovative services that citizens expect.

Objective acquired Regtech software company Itree, in July 2020.

About Itree

Itree develops intelligent software for government agencies and regulators in Australia and New Zealand. Our solutions save lives and environments by improving safety, productivity and efficiency in the areas of regulation, compliance and enforcement. Itree was recently acquired by Objective Corporation, bringing together two successful Australian software brands, committed to delivering world class products for government, to enable outstanding community outcomes.