FAQs - People with Disability

What is ILC and what will it do?

The focus of ILC will be community inclusion - making sure people with disability are connected into their communities. ILC is all about making sure our community becomes more accessible and inclusive of people with disability. We want to do this in two ways:

1. Personal capacity building - this is about making sure people with disability and their families have the skills, resources and confidence they need to participate in the community or access the same kind of opportunities or services as other people.

2. Community capacity building - this is about making sure mainstream services or community organisations become more inclusive of people with disability.

Unlike the rest of the NDIS, ILC won't provide funding to individuals. We will provide grants to organisations to carry out activities in the community. Many of the activities that we will fund in ILC will be open to both people with disability and families. Through ILC we will also support people who have an NDIS plan as well as those who do not.

Who is ILC for?

The activities we fund in ILC will benefit many people with disability and their families and carers. Providing information about a particular disability or condition on a website or through a phone line, for example, will help people with disability as well as family members. And the activities we fund to build the capacity of mainstream services and community activities to be more inclusive will benefit all people with disability, regardless of what kind of disability they have, their personal circumstances or whether they are eligible for an NDIS plan or not.

While we want ILC activities to help lots of people, we will fund some activities that will target people who do not have an NDIS plan so they can get the help they need.

What sort of activities can I be involved in through ILC?

All governments in Australia have agreed on the kinds of activities that will be funded through ILC in the future.

The activities can be grouped into four areas:

  • Information, linkages and referrals - this area is about making sure that people with disability and their families and carers have access to up-to-date, relevant and quality information. It is also about making sure people with disability are linked into services and supports in the community that meet their needs.
  • Community awareness and capacity building - this area is about making sure community activities and programs understand the needs of people with disability and have the skills and knowledge they need to be more inclusive.
  • Mainstream capacity building - this area is about making sure mainstream services have the knowledge and skills they need to meet the needs of people with disability. Mainstream services are those things usually funded by government such as education, transport and health.
  • Individual capacity building - this area is about making sure people with disability have the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to set and achieve their goals.

How will ILC work for me?

We want ILC activities to be easy to access. So there will be many pathways to ILC activities. It won't matter what kind of disability you have, or your personal circumstances, or whether or not you have an NDIS plan.

People might find their way to ILC activities through a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partner. They might find out about activities through family or friends. They might be referred to an ILC activity by a mainstream program or service provider. Or they might find out about activities by looking at the NDIS website.

The diagram below provides an example of the kind of activity we might fund through ILC - a peer support group for people with disability. The diagram explains how someone might find their way to that group and participate.

Example 1

Amir has a disability. Amir is a NDIS participant and has an individual NDIS plan.

Amir can use ILC. ILC funds peer support groups.

Amir can join a peer support through:

  • Family, friends and carers
  • Mainstream services
  • The community
  • A Local Area Coordinator (LAC)
  • An NDIS service provider
  • Independently

On this occasion Amir's LAC helped him join a peer support group.

Example 2

Fiona has a disability. Fiona is not a NDIS participant. She does not have an individual NDIS plan.

Fiona can use ILC. ILC funds peer support groups.

Fiona can join a peer support group through:

  • Family, friends and carers
  • Mainstream services
  • The community
  • A Local Area Coordinator (LAC)
  • An NDIS service provider
  • Independently

On this occasion Fiona's close friend supported her to join a peer support group.

It is important to remember that this is just one example of the kind of activity we will fund through ILC. We will fund many different things in ILC - not just peer support groups.

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When will ILC start in my area?

ILC will start at different times across Australia. ILC is expected to start in each State and Territory on the following dates:

1 July 2017

Australian Capital Territory

1 July 2018

South Australia
New South Wales

1 July 2019

Tasmania
Victoria
Queensland
The start date for ILC in Western Australia and Northern Territory is still to be decided.

Will ILC provide help for families and carers?

There will be support for families and carers in ILC. Many of the activities that we will fund in ILC will be available to both people with disability and their families and carers. Providing information about a particular disability or condition on a website or through a phone line, for example, could help people with disability as well as family members. And the activities we fund to build the capacity of mainstream services and community activities to be more inclusive will benefit both people with disability and families and carers.

We will also fund some activities that will be targeted at families and carers. But we will need to make sure that those activities deliver an outcome for the person with disability they care for. We must do that to comply with the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.
There are also things that we will not fund. We will not fund supports that should be in an NDIS plan or work being done elsewhere - for example on the new national gateway for carers. And we will not fund things that do not fit into one of the activity areas in the ILC Policy Framework. That means, for example, we will not fund recreational activities such as holidays or outings because they do not fit into the areas described in the policy. We could however fund activities that link people to these kinds of supports and services.

What help will be available for people with psycho-social disability?

People with psycho-social disability will benefit from the activities we fund in ILC that build community inclusion. 

We will also fund some activities in ILC that will be targeted to people with psycho-social disability such as information or peer support. But we also expect that people with psychosocial disability will receive assistance through the health system, including through community-based supports. ILC activities will not be a substitute for these things. We want to fund activities that complement existing services, not substitute or duplicate.

We will also need to be fair in the way we distribute ILC grants. We will need to make sure that information and activities are available for people with all types of disability. Psychosocial disability is just one of a number of disabilities we will need to consider.

Where can I find more information on ILC?

Please visit the ILC page for other relevant documents including the

How can I get updates about ILC?

Organisations and individuals can register to receive updates on ILC by signing up to the ILC mailing list.