The NDIS Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program plays a critical role in ensuring all people with disability are supported to live more accessible and connected lives.

We have learned a lot about what works and what doesn't during the early implementation of the ILC program and have been listening to feedback from the community and key stakeholders.

As a result, we have changed our approach to the way we invest in building individual and community capacity. We began implementing this approach in early 2019 by commissioning the ILC National Information Program.

The Strengthening ILC: A national strategy towards 2022 explains the new approach to ILC investment:

What you need to know about the new approach to ILC Investment

The new approach to ILC investment is designed to ensure:

  • there are alternative pathways for people with a disability, particularly by building the capacity of non-NDIS participants to achieve their goals outside of specialist disability services
  • people with disability, their family and carers have greater access to information and supports
  • people with disability, their family and carers build their knowledge, skills and confidence to participate in social and economic life
  • a more aligned service delivery system of ILC delivery, grounded in organisations run by and for people with disability and/or their families and carers
  • strong collaboration across government and the sector that avoids duplication and maximises the NDIA's investment in ILC
  • improved measurement of reach and impact of the ILC strategy.

The ILC program is shifting from high volume and short term grant programs to a more strategic, multi-year approach.

Our focus is on a smaller number of key priorities that are measurable and scalable at full Scheme, to ensure greater impact and faster change.

The new ILC Investment Strategy encompasses four discrete yet complementary programs. These are being progressively implemented from July 2019.

The four programs are:

  1. Individual Capacity Building Program – enabling systematic, nationwide access to peer support, mentoring and other skills building for people with disability, carers and families.
  2. National Information Program – ensuring people with disability, their families and carers have access to up-to-date, relevant information linking them to supports and services in the community.
  3. Economic and Community Participation Program – connecting people with disability to activities, employment and community supports and opportunities, helping communities and employers to be inclusive and responsive to people's needs locally, and nationally.
  4. Mainstream Capacity Building Program – working to improve access and use by people with disability of the mainstream services used by all Australians.

To find out what ILC funding opportunities are coming up, please visit the Grants page.

ILC Program Guidelines

The ILC Program Guidelines provide the overarching governance policy for the continued implementation of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  

The Program Guidelines outline how the NDIA will commission ILC grants including information about governance, application processes and eligibility. The Program Guidelines should be read together with the Grant Opportunity Guidelines for each ILC grant round.

This page current as of
9 September 2020