ILC Policy Framework
The Disability Reform Council (DRC) – which is made up of disability ministers from the Commonwealth and states and territories – endorsed an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Policy Framework in August 2015. This framework has been provided to the NDIA to inform the implementation of the ILC part of the NDIS (formerly known as Tier 2).
Commonwealth and state and territory governments are working together on the transition arrangements for the NDIS and roll out of full scheme. When transition arrangements are agreed, the NDIA will work with each jurisdiction on the transition of supports that are within the scope of the ILC Policy Framework.
Development of the ILC Policy
The DRC invited all interested people and organisations to make comment on a draft ILC Policy in February and March 2015. The consultations included an online feedback form, written submissions, workshops and interviews. Feedback was sought from peak bodies, service providers, government agencies and local governments, consumer groups, advisory groups and people with disability, their families and carers.
In Western Australia, the consultation took into consideration how the ILC Policy Framework would operate within both the NDIA and the WA NDIS My Way models.
The DRC considered the findings of the consultations in April 2015 and released the revised ILC Policy in August 2015.
Consultations on the ILC Policy indicated that stakeholders were supportive of the introduction of ILC. People said they thought ILC could have a positive impact on the lives of people with disability and their families and carers. They saw it as an important step forward for people with a disability to engage with a range of informal and formal supports and resources to help them with their everyday needs and over their lifetimes.
People also said that ILC could help to reduce discrimination and barriers to inclusion, to improve the choice and control people have over their supports, to support the social and economic participation of people with disability, their families and carers, and to improve their health and wellbeing.
The feedback included the following key themes; that the ILC Policy should:
- make the interface between ILC and mainstream service responsibility clearer
- use language and approaches, and provide services, that meet the diverse needs and circumstances of people with disability
- better explain how ILC will support people with mental illness
- better explain what kinds of decision supports, safeguard supports and capacity building would be provided under ILC
- better explain what local area coordinators will do and how they will work one-on-one with people with disabilities and carers (even if they are not scheme participants)
- describe what ILC will do to support carers.
People said that when ILC is rolled out, it will need to:
- keep the things that work well and build on existing good practice
- support services that are local
- help mainstream services support people with disability
- make sure that ILC is responsive to need and demand
- keep talking to people with disability and their families and carers about how the scheme should work.