- Individual plans for eligible people with disability
- Information, Linkages and Capacity building (ILC) activities that connect people with disability, their families and carers to the wider community.
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building
One of the most important goals of the Scheme is making sure that people with disability have a stronger connection with their community. The Scheme represents a unique opportunity to change the conversation around inclusion. People with disability will not just be present in the community—they will be able to become active participants in it. The Agency is working to achieve this through individual plans and through Information Linkages and Capacity building or ILC.
There has been a major focus in 2015-16 to prepare ILC for release after the trial phase—and within that focus there have been two main areas of effort:
- personal capacity building – making sure people with disability have the information, skills and confidence they need to get involved in the community.
- community capacity building – improving the ability of the community to include people with disability.
A system of grant funding called Community Inclusion and Capacity Development (CICD) will sit within ILC. These activities are described in more detail in Section 2 under Program 1.2 on page 102.
In July 2015, all governments in Australia agreed to a policy framework for ILC. The ILC policy outlines five kinds of activities that will be included in ILC in the future:
- information, linkages and referrals
- capacity building of mainstream services
- community awareness and capacity building
- individual capacity building
- Local Area Coordination (LAC).
It is important to remember that the fifth area, Local Area Coordination is being implemented by the Agency separately.
More information about Local Area Coordinators can be found on page 15.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has provided the Agency with the ILC policy to implement from August 2016. This is being done through the ILC commissioning framework.
The ILC commissioning framework is the Agency’s action plan for ILC. The framework explains the role of ILC in the Scheme, the outcomes expected for ILC, how ILC activities will be selected and funded and how performance will be measured and managed.
In late 2015 more than 1000 people took part in workshops to talk about the outcomes expected from ILC, as well as priorities for funding. The Agency heard how important ILC was to people and what they hoped it would achieve.
In December 2015 the Agency released a consultation draft of the ILC commissioning framework. A series of consultation sessions were held across the country to provide information on the ILC and receive feedback from stakeholders. More than 1000 people attended one of the consultation sessions and the Agency received 135 submissions on the Framework.
All of this feedback has been incorporated into the next version of the ILC commissioning framework, which will be released in late 2016.
ILC will not commence nationally in 2016–17. Each state and territory will transition to ILC at a point that is consistent with its broader transition to the Scheme. The first territory to start ILC will be the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on 1 July 2017.
The budget for ILC will build up slowly over the next few years to approximately $132 million when full rollout of the Scheme is complete in 2019-20.
To learn more about ILC and the way the ILC grant process will work in the future, please read the ILC commissioning framework on the NDIS website (www.ndis.gov.au).