NDIS Provides Greater Opportunities for Business through Inclusion

The new Information, Linkages, Capacity Building (ILC) grants are expected to bring transformational change for business across all Industries. Don’t miss this opportunity to make inclusion part of your strategy.

In Australia approximately four million people (20% of the population) has one or more disabilities. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the ILC brings greater inclusion for people with disability along with their family members, friends and carers. More opportunities to shop, travel and do business will constitute an emerging customer base for businesses throughout regional and metropolitan Australia.

As part of the Inclusion Ready Project, we are working in partnership with National Disability Services (NDS), to deliver free workshops across Queensland between March and July 2019. The workshops will help organisations and businesses to understand how the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) ILC Grants can help you become more inclusive of people with disability.

NDS Senior Sector Support Officer Lisa Steele will be delivering the workshops and provided some insights into what you can expect.

Why should you attend a workshop?

The NDIS and ILC Grants will be, potentially, the biggest drivers of social and economic change for people with disability and Australian businesses. ILC is a key component of the NDIS’s whole of life insurance-based model and will contribute to the sustainability of the NDIS by building the capacity of the community, people with disability, their families and carers.

“It will give people with disability much greater purchasing power, something that has historically never happened in Australia or indeed elsewhere to any great extent,” says Lisa. 

“It’s not about ramps and railings and physical access, it’s about how you can actually change your business model to be able to widen your customer base to include people with disability. Something you may not have done before.”

What does the workshop cover?

ILC grants have changed since the last round of workshops in 2018. While the founding principles remain the same, the application of the approach is different.

“ILC is more than just a grant program,” says Lisa, “it’s an opportunity to be an agent for change in your local community and nationally. So, it’s really important to understand the potential impact of ILC grants on your business or organisation, in the broader community, and for people with disability.”

Attending the workshop will help you to:

  • Understand the revised ILC strategy and how it might impact your business and your participants or customers
  • Gain insights into how social and economic inclusion impacts your bottom line
  • Know what grants you can apply for, and when
  • Understand what grant decision makers are looking for
  • Learn the tips and tools you need to write a successful grant
  • Network with other organisations and understand who is delivering ILC grants in your community.

Who should attend?

If you’re interested in inclusion for people with disability and what it means for your organisation or business then this is the workshop for you.

The workshops are ideal for anyone working in

  • Community service organisations
  • Disability service organisations
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) organisations
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) organisations
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning+ (LGBTIQ+) organisations
  • Local and State Government officers
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Clubs and sporting groups
  • Businesses across all Industries wanting to build their capacity to meet the growing needs of people with disability to access their products or services.

Even if you have never heard of ILC grants before it’s worthwhile coming along to learn about the opportunities for your business or organisation.

“For the NDIS to really work the capacity of the community at large needs to increase to meet the demand of the new consumer base. And ILC provides the funding to do that. It’s about ensuring that a wide range of industries understands what ILC is, how it can work for them and what the ultimate impact will be,” says Lisa.

Meet Lisa and learn more about opportunities for your business or organisation by attending one of these Inclusion Ready ILC Grants workshops.

Brisbane South – Tuesday 19 March 2019

Logan – Thursday 21 March 2019

Ipswich – Tuesday 26 March 2019

Brisbane North – Thursday 28 March 2019

Toowoomba – Tuesday 2 April 2019

Moreton Bay – Thursday 4 April 2019

Gold Coast – Tuesday 16 April 2019

Sunshine Coast – Thursday 18 April 2019

Townsville – 1 May 2019

Mackay – 3 May 2019

Mount Isa – 14 May 2019

Atherton – 12 June 2019

Cairns – 14 June 2019

Bundaberg – 24 June 2019

Hervey Bay – 25 June 2019

Gladstone – 10 July 2019

Rockhampton – 12 July 2019