Grants Announced to Build Capacity of People with Disability to Participate in Work

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced $20million in funding for economic participation for people with disability.

Here at CSIA we know people with disability make great employees. Recent research shows when compared to employees without disabilities, employees with disabilities have higher retention rates, better work attendance rates, equivalent productivity levels (Banks & Polack, 2013), and better workplace safety records (Australian Safety and Compensation Council, 2007).

In fact, economic participation of people with disability and their families was a major driver of the original productivity commission report that led to the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

People with disability face systemic hurdles to employment and are shamefully over represented in all aspects of unemployment statistics. The NDIA are recognising and addressing this through the latest round of Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants.

What will the New ILC Grant Round Fund

The economic participation funding round aims to fund projects that meet one or more of the following:

  • Building the capacity of workplaces to attract, employ and retain people with disability
  • Building employable skills of people with disability in workplace settings
  • Building capability for people with disability to develop and maintain successful self-employment
  • Any other projects that will increase employment of people with disability.

If you’re looking for information addressing employment issues for people with disability check out these Employment Fact Sheets. Incidentally, if there’s a mainstream employer you’re thinking of partnering with for your ILC project, these resources also provide great discussion starters.

While this funding round is only for 12 months, there will be more ILC funding to improve the economic participation of people with disability later in the year. Read about the NDIA’s new investment strategy for future funding here.

Remember CSIA is here to help with your ILC grant. It’s a short timeframe for this funding round so if you’re thinking about applying contact us at [email protected] for advice.


Australian Safety and Compensation Council. (2007). Are people with disability at risk at work? A review of the evidence. Canberra.

Banks, L. M., & Polack, S. (2013). The economic costs of exclusion and gains of inclusion of people with disabilities. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: London, UK.