The Palaszczuk Government has secured $5.1 million from the NDIA to ensure Queenslanders with disability can continue to access Information, Linkages and Capacity building (ILC) services, while the new ILC program under the NDIS is established.
Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke said that building more inclusive Queensland communities is a priority and that the Palaszczuk Government has closely monitored the development, impacts and opportunities of the new ILC program.
“ILC is about making sure people with disability are connected with their communities. That’s why it’s such an important part of the NDIS.”
“By securing this bridging funding for 2019-20 we have made sure that people with disability can continue to access ILC services, while the NDIA is progressively commissioning new ILC services,” she said.
Eighteen organisations that align with NDIS ILC program areas will share in the funding for 2019-20. These organisations offer specific information and referral services for people with a range of disabilities such as motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and vision and hearing impairments, and also deliver awareness raising and capacity building activities.
The NDISILC program will include grant rounds for four programs including National Information; Individual Capacity Building; Mainstream Capacity Building and Economic and Community Participation.
Mrs O’Rourke encouraged all Queensland community organisations to consider opportunities that might arise as the ILC grants program continues in 2019.
“I would encourage community organisations to consider the work they are doing or could do in this area and think about applying for a grant.”
The Palaszczuk Government is supporting free workshops to help organisations and businesses understand the ILC strategy and grants program.
To book visit https://csialtd.com.au/inclusionready
For more information on ILC under the NDIS, visit www.ndis.gov.au/community/information-linkages-and-capacity-building-ilc
ILC bridging funding recipients:
- Asperger Services Australia Ltd
- Better Hearing Australia Brisbane Inc
- Community Focus Association Inc
- Community Resource Unit Ltd
- Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland
- Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children Ltd
- Ipswich Regional Advocacy Service Inc
- LifeTec Australia Limited
- Motor Neurone Disease Association of Qld Incorporated
- Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland
- S.B.H Queensland Inc
- Spinal Life Australia Ltd
- The Developing Foundation Inc
- Vision Australia Limited
- UnitingCare Community
- Parent to Parent Association Qld Inc
- ARC Disability Services Inc
- Community Services Industry Alliance.
Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke