Itree (now Objective) partners with State and Territory Governments to protect vulnerable children

A unique technology solution that enables agencies to 'reach out' for rapid and secure record matching across multiple systems

November  2019

Itree (now Objective) is proud to announce a long term partnership with State, Territory and Federal governments across Australia in a united approach to address the devastating impacts of abuse to children, those most vulnerable in our communities.

This exciting announcement follows the official launch of Itree's latest cloud product 'REACH' in April 2019 and builds upon the successful 15-month proof of concept (2017–2019) undertaken through the Business Research and Innovation Initiative "BRII Challenge 5 – Child Safety."

REACH is a unique technology solution that enables agencies to 'reach out' for rapid and secure record matching across multiple systems, to better support critical aspects of the decision making processes needed to keep families safe.

The journey first began following a recommendation in 2016, from Australia’s Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children “to investigate the sharing of information across jurisdictions to enable services to better work together to support women and their children”.

This world-first deployment of REACH will connect all Australian child protection jurisdictions in near real-time. The NSW Department of Communities and Justice has been the lead agency on this initiative, working closely with Itree throughout. Briony Foster, Director Cross Cluster Operations and Business Support has been championing the project since inception and commented that “NSW Department of Communities and Justice is thrilled to enter into this contract. Itree’s innovative technology was developed as a result of the Commonwealth’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) Challenge led by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. During the BRII Challenge all States and Territories worked with Itree to develop a solution to our longstanding problem of sharing child protection information across jurisdictional borders. We are incredibly excited to partner with Itree to deliver this solution which will enhance child safety across the nation."

In addition to NSW, agencies will be on-boarded over the coming months, including the ACT Community Services Directorate, the QLD Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women, the SA Department for Child Protection, the WA Department for Child Protection, the Tasmanian Department of Communities, Territory Families and the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services.

Ms Foster added "We acknowledge the significant financial contribution of the Commonwealth Department of Social Services in making this possible, and are grateful for the ongoing collaboration of our jurisdictional partners.”

Itree is looking forward to working closely with dedicated child safety professionals across Australia, who have worked so hard to turn an innovation challenge into a reality of better protecting our children’s well being and safety.

To find out more about REACH, please click here.

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.