Strengthening ILC: A national strategy towards 2022

Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) is about creating connections between people with disability and the communities they live in. One way the NDIA wants to help create those connections is through providing grants to organisations.

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 are changing the approach to the way we invest in building individual and community capacity.

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

An Easy English version of the ILC Strategy towards 2022 will be available in early 2019.

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 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 great 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 will shift from high volume and short term grant programs to a more strategic, multi-year approach.

The focus will be 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 that will be progressively implemented from July 2019.

The four programs are:

  1. Individual Capacity Building Program: enable 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 

For more information and resources visit the NDIS website and sign up to the ILC mailing list to receive updates.