The NDIS is a new way of providing support to people with disability across Australia. It will provide Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to lead an ordinary life. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. It has two main parts:
- Individual NDIS plans (also known as individual funding packages) – for eligible people with disability
- Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – for all people with disability.
ILC is an important part of an overall government commitment to improving outcomes for people with disability and driving increased community participation and inclusion. But it is not the only area of effort. Governments, businesses, non-profit organisations and the whole community will all need to work together to realise the vision of an inclusive Australia where all people with disability have the capability and opportunity needed to live an ordinary life.
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)
The NDIS and ILC sit within the broader framework of the National Disability Strategy. The National Disability Strategy is a ten year plan agreed to by all governments around Australia for improving the lives of people with disability.
The NDIS and ILC are administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The NDIA is excited by the opportunity to drive better life outcomes for people with disability and to improve community inclusion. The NDIA looks forward to working with you and hopes you find this Toolkit helpful on your journey through ILC.
The role of Local Area Coordination
In order to successfully implement ILC, the NDIA is partnering with organisations across the community. These partnerships are very important to the success of ILC.
The NDIA is implementing Local Area Coordination through its Partners in Community Program. Local Area Coordinators (LACs) are an important part of ILC. Local Area Coordinators will:
- 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; and
- Work with their local community to make it more accessible and inclusive for people with disability.
LACs are skilled at working with people with disability who come from all walks of life. However, it isn’t reasonable to expect they will be able to help everyone, with everything, all of the time. For this reason, the ILC will provide grants to fund activities in the other four ILC Activity Areas that support and strengthen the important work of the LACs.
What does this mean for me?
If you’re already working to improve the lives of people with disability, or have a new or innovative idea for how you might do this, you could think about applying for an ILC grant.