Information, linkages and capacity building
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has two parts:
- NDIS plans (sometimes known as individually funded packages) for eligible people with a disability, and
- Information, linkages and capacity building or ILC.
Both parts contribute to the overall goal of the NDIS to enable people with disability to live an ordinary life.
You might not have heard much about ILC up until now. That’s because ILC was not part of the NDIS trial period. But all that is about to change – we will soon start rolling out ILC around the country.
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 available to both people with disability and families. Providing information about a particular disability or condition on a website or through a phone line, for example, will help both 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, as well as their families and carers.
While we want ILC activities to help lots of people, we will also fund some activities that will target people who do not have an NDIS plan so they can get the help they need.
Find out more about ILC Funding Rounds
The NDIA has released an Application Pack for both funding rounds.
As part of both funding rounds the NDIA is working with the Department of Social Services Community Grants Hub. Further information about the respective rounds is available on the DSS Community Grants Hub website.
As part of the NDIA's commitment to supporting organisations to understand the ILC funding process the NDIA has released a webcast (external).
The webcast provides information about both funding rounds, including the process for applying, the selection criteria and key dates.
The presentation and transcript from the webcast is now available:
- Information, Linkages and Capacity building webcast materials (DOCX 220KB)
- Information, Linkages and Capacity building webcast materials (PDF 285KB)
ILC will commence in the ACT in July 2017.
To help organisations get ready for ILC in ACT we held information sessions on the 16th and 17th of November to explain the process of applying for ILC funding in the ACT. The presentation from the information session (DOCX 227KB) is now available. We have also released the questions and answers (DOCX 95KB) that arose from the information sessions that are not addressed in current ILC documents.
ILC Toolkit – Videos and Helpline available
The ILC Toolkit (external) will help organisations increase their understanding of ILC; improve their grant management skills; and improve their understanding of, and skills in, measuring outcomes for people with disability. The ILC Toolkit includes introductory videos about ILC, ILC outcomes and using the ILC outcomes storybuilder and measuring outcomes.
The NDIA has also engaged Social Ventures Australia (SVA) to operate a helpline to help organisations make the most of the Toolkit. Organisations can book a call with the Helpline if you would like phone support to use the ILC Toolkit to:
- increase your understanding of ILC;
- make full use of the ILC Toolkit and its functions; and
- apply your own ideas to the ILC Outcomes Story Builder Tool.
The Helpline will provide general advice only. The Helpline cannot help you with completing your grant application or comment on the quality of your proposed idea for ILC. Use or otherwise of the ILC Toolkit Helpline is not connected to the ILC funding rounds and has no bearing on the outcome of ILC Grants funding decisions.
The ILC Toolkit Helpline is available now until Tuesday 7 March 2017 (subject to time availability). To book a time, organisations can call 1 800 77 99 69 or visit the ILC Toolkit website (external).
Find out more about ILC
You can find out more about how we are rolling out ILC in the ILC Commissioning Framework, which is our action plan for ILC.
The Program Guidelines (DOCX) for ILC provide further detail on the application process for ILC. There are also some Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX).
The ILC Outcomes Framework Discussion Starter (DOCX) provides more detail about how outcomes from ILC funded activities will be monitored, measured, reported and evaluated.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does ILC mean for people with disability, families and carers?
What does ILC mean for organisations?
Program Guidelines for ILC – Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX)