A new project is entering the Queensland marketplace that will help you plan how your community could be more inclusive and add the right information and skills to achieve the goal. Keep reading to find out the details.

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Would you like an opportunity to plan how your community could be more inclusive?

It all starts with working out what you would like to achieve and then adding the right information and skills.

And this is where a new project entering the Queensland community services market can give you pole position.

The project is still fairly new to many Queenslanders. So – at this point – we’re really just introducing the background to an idea that will grow across the next 12 months and help you get funded to create a more inclusive community.

What’s that idea?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are looking to fund creative and innovative ideas. That funding is to help communities like yours across our state become more accessible to and inclusive of people with disability.

We’re talking about building communities that include people with disability to create a better community for everyone. We’re talking about communities that want to work alongside people with disability so they can do the things they really want to do.

For example: How can we make it easier for people with disability to get a job in an area that interests them, take the earnings from that job and go shopping, play sport or travel. Perhaps they want to live independently and have a family. And perhaps they want to participate in the school’s P&C or volunteer in another organisation. Perhaps they want to get a licence, buy a car and drive.

What innovations can we bring to market that help the person with disability to find their ability to live freely?

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But before you can apply to the NDIA:

We (aka, the Community Services Industry Alliance together with the National Disability Service Queensland) are running our own project to make sure you have all the information and skills you need to:

  • Identify an opportunity and innovation that will achieve the NDIA goals
  • Apply for the NDIA grant
  • Successfully bring your innovation to market.

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS), in collaboration with the NDIA, have funded us to deliver a project they are calling ILC provider readiness.

The aim of the project as defined by the DCCSDS is to:

“… assist existing and new organisations to develop skills and knowledge so that they are ready to identify and take advantage of the ILC business opportunities that will arise with the implementation of the NDIS in Queensland.”

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What is ILC?

ILC stands for:

  • Information
  • Linkages
  • Capacity Building

Here’s what the NDIA say is the focus of their ILC grant program:

Personal capacity building

This is about making sure people with disability and their families have the skills, resources and confidence they need to participate in the community or access the same kind of opportunities and services as other people.

Community capacity building

This is about making sure mainstream services or community organisations become more inclusive of people with disability, incorporating this approach in service design, consultation and service delivery.

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How is our project going to help you get funded to create a more inclusive community?

Over the next 12 months, we’ll be bringing you a variety of workshops, actionable resources and specific tools to get you ready, win an ILC grant from the NDIA, and start making a real difference in the world.

We’re going to be helping organisations from all streams of our community to re-group and re-focus their service delivery models – and as a result – increase community capacity and inclusion.

Stay tuned. We’re just getting started!

Who can I get more information from?

Carol Bunt is at the helm of this exciting piece of work.

She has extensive experience in policy development and program management across the human services sector in both government and the community services industry. Carol brings a wealth of insight and skills to this important project.

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Here’s how you reach Carol

Carol Bunt

Project Manager

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)

Provider Readiness for Queensland under the NDIS

07 3180 1360

0439 799 457