The NDIA releases its Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Commissioning Framework
The NDIA recently released its Commissioning Framework for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) which is an integral part of the overall structure of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Its fundamental purpose is to provide support for people with disability who are ineligible for the NDIS individual funding packages because their disability does not have a substantial impact on their functioning or social and economic participation.
The main thrust of ILC is to enable people with disability to access mainstream services such as health. One would hope that the interface between disability and mainstream government run services will improve because it is very limited now.
Regrettably, there are three documents that for the ILC Framework – the ILC Policy Framework, the ILC Commissioning Framework, and the ILC Program Guidelines. Just to be different, the guidelines are now known as the Community Inclusion and Capacity Development (CIDC) Program Guidelines. Only a Government Department could come up with such a framework!
The ILC Policy describes the activities that will be funded in the future. They are grouped into five areas or streams as follows:
- Information, linkages and referrals;
- Capacity building for mainstream services;
- Community awareness and capacity building;
- Individual capacity building;
- Local area co-ordination.
Local Area Coordination (LAC) is being implemented by the NDIA separately. The framework describes how the NDIA will fund and manage activities in the other four areas.
The role of LACs will be to:
- Work directly with people who have an NDIS plan to connect into mainstream services and community activities and get their plan into action,
- Provide short term assistance to people who do not have an NDIS plan to connect into mainstream services and community activities,
- Work with their local community to make it more accessible and inclusive for people with disability.
There will be an annual funding round for ILC funding. The NDIA will offer two tier grants – grants under $10,000 and grants over $10,000. Despite the intent to make applications for grants under $10,000 simple, the areas of ILC Focus begs the question “What could you do with a grant under $10,000?”
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