The NDIA has released the ‘Strengthening ILC: A national strategy towards 2022 (the strategy)’, which outlines four programs that will be progressively implemented from July 2019:

The four programs are:

  1. Individual Capacity Building Program – enabling systematic, nationwide access to peer support, mentoring and other skills building for people with disability, carers and families.
  2. National Information Program – ensuring people with disability, their families and carers have access to up-to-date, relevant information linking them to supports and services in the community.
  3. Economic and Community Participation Program – connecting people with disability to activities, employment and community supports and opportunities, helping communities and employers to be inclusive and responsive to people’s needs locally, and nationally.
  4. Mainstream Capacity Building Program – working to improve access and use by people with disability of the mainstream services used by all Australians.

Key changes include moving away from high-volume and short-term grants to a more strategic, multi-year approach. The focus will be on a smaller number of key priorities that are measurable and scalable at full Scheme, to ensure greater impact and faster change.

The strategy identifies two interim grant rounds to lay the foundations for the new strategy. One focuses on Individual Capacity Building through Disabled Persons and Family Organisations, which was opened in December 2018 (and is now closed) and another focuses on Economic and Community Participation, to be announced shortly.

The NDIA has committed $26 million in one-off funding to the states and territories so they can assist the organisations they currently fund transition to the new funding streams.

To find out more, click the link here

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