About the study

Our governance framework

The ACMS is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Queensland University of Technology is the host institute for this research project and Professor Ben Mathews is the Lead Investigator on the project. The governance framework comprises three groups.

An Operational Group

The operational group is comprised of the nine chief investigators, the Project Manager, and the Director of Research at the Social Research Centre, our partner research laboratory and any other professional project staff. The operational group is responsible for day to day carriage of the project including all aspects of research design, methodology and implementation. Professor Ben Mathews and the Project Manager oversee the Operational Group.

A National Advisory Board

The Advisory Board comprises 20-25 members with expertise and seniority to represent the following areas:

  • State and Territory government departments;
  • Australian government departments;
  • National Office for Child Safety;
  • Community groups, foundations or NGOs with expertise in child maltreatment, prevention, parenting programs, and service provision;
  • Clinical and professional sectors dealing with children (e.g. health and education professions);
  • Indigenous and youth organisations.

The primary role of the Advisory Board is to advocate for the ACMS with relevant government agencies, stakeholders and the community, which consults with Board members individually and in subgroups on an as needed basis. The Advisory Board is also required to engage in the Group’s functions, including responding to requests for advice.  An update on project progress can be found here.

An International Technical Expert Panel

The Technical Expert Panel comprises senior national and international external academics with expertise in a specific area or methodology. The role of the Technical Expert Panel is to provide specific technical advice and support on an as needed basis. A list of the members of the Technical Expert Panel can be found here. Professor Ben Mathews chairs the Panel which meets in subgroups on an as needed basis.

Our partners

The ACMS is proud to partner with the National Health and Medical Research Council, The Social Research Centre, and the Australian Government on this important project. For more information about our partners please click here.




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