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:
- 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.
- 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.
ILC Funding Rounds
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Grants – National Readiness 2016-17
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is pleased to announce the grant recipients for the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants.
Just over $14 million has been allocated to deliver ILC National Readiness activities across Australia. The recipients of ILC National Readiness Grants are listed here (DOCX 39KB).
There will be another funding round for ILC National Readiness Grants in the second half of 2017. Unsuccessful applicants from this round have the opportunity to re-apply in the next round.
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Grants – ACT 2017-18
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is pleased to announce the grant recipients for the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Jurisdictional Based Grants in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Up to $3.0 million was available in 2017-18 to deliver ILC in the (ACT). The recipients of ILC grant funding in the ACT are listed here (DOCX 26KB).
Feedback about the ILC Jurisdictional Based Grants in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (external) is available on the Department of Social Service’s (DSS) Community Grants Hub website (external).
There will be another funding round for Jurisdictional Based Grants in ACT. The NDIA anticipates this next round will open in the second half of 2017 so that funding can commence on 1 July 2018. Applicants unsuccessful in this round have the opportunity to re-apply in the next round.
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.
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 ILC Outcomes Framework Discussion Starter (DOCX 301KB) 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?