ILC Commissioning Framework Consultation

The National Disability Insurance Agency thanks people for providing feedback on key elements of the ILC Commissioning Framework.

In July 2015, all governments in Australia agreed to the ILC Policy Framework.

The policy has now been given to the Agency to implement. The purpose of the Agency’s ILC Commissioning Framework is to translate the ILC Policy Framework into action.

The Agency has already done some work on the Framework.

At the end of last year we released a consultation draft of the Commissioning Framework. The Framework outlines how the Agency will fund and manage information, linkage and capacity building (ILC) activities in the future.

The Framework committed to talking more with people with disability, their families and carers as well as people who work in the sector about some key parts of the Framework. Consultations on key elements of the ILC Commissioning Framework were held from February to April 2016. People provided feedback on the Consultation Draft of the ILC Commissioning Framework by:

  • Making a written submission
  • Attending a face-to-face consultation session

The Agency held face-to-face consultations separate sessions for:

  • People with disability, families and carers; and
  • Organisations that provide ILC-type activities

Consultation sessions were held in a number of metropolitan and regional locations across Australia

We are currently analysing all the feedback and will incorporate it into next version of the ILC Commissioning Framework which will be released in the middle of the year.

We will also summarise the feedback and put it in a short report on the NDIS website.

Consultation material

You can access a copy of the presentation used at the face-to-face consultations below:

Feedback areas

As part of consultations the Agency sought feedback on key elements of the ILC Commissioning Framework including:

  1. The proposed outcomes for ILC and the best ways to measure them
  2. How to prepare the sector for outcomes-based performance measurement
  3. How to grow social capital in the sector, particularly volunteering
  4. How to prepare the sector for the requirements of the ILC sourcing process
  5. Rural and Remote delivery

FAQs

What is an ILC Commissioning Framework?

The Disability Reform Council – which is made up of disability ministers from the Commonwealth and states and territories – has endorsed an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Policy Framework.

The ILC Policy Framework outlines the five streams of ILC activity. The policy does not however outline outcomes for ILC or detail how these activities should be delivered.

The NDIA now has to turn the ILC Policy Framework into an action plan. We are doing that through an ILC Commissioning Framework. 

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft outlines the outcomes the Agency expects from ILC, and the way it will fund and manage ILC activities.

We have released a draft of the ILC Commissioning Framework because we would like to talk more to people with disability, their families and carers and people that work in the sector before we finish it.

Who is ILC for?

The focus of ILC is not on who will access it, but on the supports offered.

People with disability will benefit from ILC activities, whether or not they also receive an individual funding package through the NDIS. For example making the community more inclusive or changing community attitudes to disability will benefit all people with disability.

What sort of activities will be available through ILC?

In July 2015, all governments around Australia agreed to a policy framework for ILC. The policy framework outlines five areas of ILC activity:

  1. Information, linkages and referrals
  2. Capacity building for mainstream services
  3. Community awareness and capacity building
  4. Individual capacity building
  5. Local area co-ordination (LAC).

The NDIA will only fund activities that fit into one of the five streams.

Local Area Coordinators (LACs) will connect people with disability to services and supports. LACs will be skilled at working with people with disability from all walks of life. But it is unreasonable to expect that they will have the skills and resources to meet everyone’s needs all of the time. So the NDIA will also provide grants for activities that LACs cannot provide.

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft proposes that ILC grant funding will be directed at other activities that make a measureable difference in the lives of people with a disability. ILC grants will need to reflect the needs and priorities of different local communities.

When will ILC start?

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft does not provide a start date for ILC in each state and territory.

We are currently talking to the federal, state and territory governments about how to manage the transition. Information about transition arrangements is expected to be released in early 2016. These plans will include when the Agency will start investing under the final ILC Commissioning Framework and what funding arrangements will be put in place ahead of this.

It is anticipated that the first jurisdiction to participate in the new ILC sourcing process will be the ACT. A trial sourcing process is expected to start in late 2016 with funding to commence from 1 July 2017.

The experiences in the ACT will be used to inform the sourcing process and guidelines used in other jurisdictions.

Where can I find more information on ILC?

Please visit the ILC page for other relevant documents, such as the ILC Policy Framework, ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft  and a summary of the ILC Commissioning Framework co-design process.

There is also an Easy English version of the Commissioning Framework.

How can I get involved in the NDIA’s plans for ILC?

Organisations and individuals can register to receive updates on ILC by providing their contact details (organisation name, state/territory, contact person, phone number and email address) to the ILC mailbox ilc@ndis.gov.au How much funding will be available for ILC?

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft outlines the anticipated available funding for ILC in Part 1.

Who will be eligible for funding?

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft outlines the proposed eligibility for ILC grant funding.

Which current programs will be funded under the final ILC Commissioning Framework?

ILC funding will be allocated on a competitive basis.

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft outlines the future priorities and sourcing process proposed for ILC.

We are currently talking to the federal, state and territory governments about when the Agency will start investing under the final ILC Commissioning Framework and what funding arrangements will be put in place ahead of this.

More information about transition arrangements is expected to be released in early 2016.

What will be the role of LACs in ILC?

Local Area Coordination (LAC) is central to the successful implementation of the ILC Commissioning Framework. LACs will be the largest single investment by the Agency in delivering ILC outcomes.

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft summarises the role of LACs in Part 3.

It is important to note that there is a significant tender process for LAC services currently underway in Victoria. For probity reasons we cannot release more detail. When the tender is complete more information will be available about the role of LACs.

Published Date: 

17 December 2015

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