Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) is part of the NDIS. It’s about creating connections between people with disability and the communities they live in.
People with disability want the same things in life as other people in the community - things most other people take for granted. They want to live an ordinary life and have somewhere to live, a job, a good education, the company of family and friends, and freedom to do activities like going to the beach or the movies.
ILC is how the NDIS aims to help make this a reality.
ILC funding is distributed through grants from the National Disability Insurance Agency. These grants aim to:
- share information
- make connections between people, groups and communities
- build capacity - that is, help people develop skills and abilities
To achieve genuine and meaningful community inclusion, people with disability, government and communities need to work together.
ILC in Victoria
ILC activities will begin in Victoria in 2019.
The Victorian Government currently supports some ILC-type activities (with NDIA funding). These are described below and grouped by ILC outcomes.
These ILC-type activities focus on innovation, addressing market gaps and helping organisations to prepare for the ILC.
- implementing NDIS plans
- preparing for plan reviews
Association for Children with Disability
Help to achieve choice and control using community and mainstream services. These local groups provide safe spaces for parents and share disability specific information.
- 18 local-level parent support groups of children with disabilities
- a trial online parent support group
- increase support group sustainability
- improve community connection
- develop the skills of support group facilitators
The project is:
- establishing an online peer support facilitator network
- engaging with facilitators through face to face events
- holding a state-wide peer support forum
- developing resources to address common challenges
Down Syndrome Victoria: Living Learning – Peer Support
continues to support families and people with Down Syndrome in existing groups across Metro and regional areas (Bendigo, Wodonga, Ballarat). They aim to build the confidence of people with Down Syndrome to better contribute to decisions affecting their lives
CEAV Careers Counselling Australia: Building Ability through Career Management
- individual professional career guidance for young people with disability
- career education workshops for parents
- a work-readiness resource for parents and community groups
- linking of young people to employers with jobs
- knowledge and capability for youth advocates
Awards Victoria with YACVic/YDAS
- education and training in civic participation and the disability sector
- a tailored award program
- workshops and activities in leadership and advocacy skills
- mentoring from YACVic and YDAS staff and other disability advocacy experts
Disability Sport and Recreation
- employment opportunities for women with disabilities who have completed leadership training
- paid and voluntary opportunities
- a chance to put leadership skills into action and develop their confidence in the workplace
- connections with suitable organisations who can offer employment opportunities for participants
- provides accessible information about how and where to find support
- builds people’s capacity to make decisions and choices about their own lives
- will increase the effectiveness of linkages and referrals to support services
- empowerment and encouragement for each member to achieve their goals
- collective strength to tackle local issues and barriers that limit or constrain personal outcomes
- a strong platform for peer-led local community development work under the ILC Framework
Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)
The Strengthening Sector Resilience project aims to strengthen user leadership. The project maps and analyses user-leadership resources, including existing leadership and governance programs and identifies recruitment pathways for user leaders. Targeted assistance is being provided to organisations to develop pathways for disability leadership within organisations.
I CAN Network: Traineeship and Leadership Program
The transition from school to further education, training or employment can be challenging for autistic people. This project:
- strengthens trainee and leadership program for 15 to 24 year-old student autistics
- provides training to 25 autistic speakers and 30 autistic mentors
- builds the capacity of around 10 to 20 existing speakers and mentors
Women with Disabilities Victoria
- supports isolated women with disabilities to become more involved in their community
- creates opportunities for women with disabilities to take up leadership opportunities in community organisations and mainstream services
Videos and resources on our website, YouTube and other social media platforms dispel myths about women with disabilities and highlight pathways that women with disabilities have followed to achieve their goals.
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
- is for young people with a lived experience of mental illness/psychosocial disability
- gives them the skills and confidence to take on leadership and advocacy roles
- increases participation of young mental health consumers in mainstream services
The Attitude Foundation: Media with Attitude!
Televised content is powerful and changes thinking, attitudes and behaviour. Building upon the Attitude Foundation’s work in creating powerful and positive content featuring Australians with disability, this project is creating 2 television episodes as part of its documentary series.
The aim for the 2 episodes is to be nationally broadcast. The project is also producing industry guides to support and encourage the media industry to improve its capacity to make inclusive, diverse, interesting and respectful content in relation to disability.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
Peer facilitated self-advocacy program for people with a psychosocial disability. IMHA will deliver a peer facilitated self-advocacy program that builds the knowledge, skills and capacity of NDIS participants or prospective participants with a psychosocial disability.
The program is undertaken in the North Eastern, Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne areas. The project is in partnership with the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and Tandem. It supports participants and prospective participants to self-advocate for their service needs, exercise greater choice and control over their NDIS package and empower them to act on their own behalf in all aspects of their life.
- assist 100 to 130 people with psychosocial disabilities to gain the capacity to achieve sustainable employment
- assist employers to provide responsive working environments for people with psychosocial disability
- integrating a suite of best-practice, evidence-based capacity-building skills development interventions
- provide tailored job-matching and employment support for both the program participants and employers
- includes a strong focus on peer support, mentoring and co-design and co-delivery of the program
Specialisterne Australia: Dandelion Victoria Talent Lab Program
The Dandelion Victoria Talent Lab Program provides opportunities for young Victorians on the autism spectrum to develop STEM and agribusiness skills. The project runs four 3-week workshops each with 10 autistic individuals. The project runs across a mix of regional and metropolitan sites in Victoria including Geelong.
Australian Network on Disability
The Victorian Employer Enablement Project phase 2 builds the confidence of 4 large employers to employ people with disability in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. Participating employers receive:
- advice, training and resources to build and sustain their capability to hire, retain and promote people with disability
- support to recruit candidates with disability through a demand-led brokerage model targeting high-quality disability employment service providers
A ‘train the trainer’ disability confidence package is being provided for all Victorian health services.
Victoria ALIVE: ALIVE (Ability – Links – Inclusive – Volunteering – Everyday)
The project aims to build the capacity of both community and volunteer organisations so people with disabilities have greater leadership opportunities and take part in community programs. This project is in partnership with Volunteering Victoria, Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and Victorian Men’s Sheds Association. Training and resources are being developed and delivered, involving people with disabilities.
Arts Access Victoria: ArtFinder and Connecting the Dots projects
Connecting the Dots aims to build the capacity of arts and cultural sectors to better respond to the interests of people with disability. Through a series of workshops and information sessions, Arts Access Victoria is exploring how the sector can provide inclusive, high quality, cost effective arts programs and events.
Arts Access Victoria is also building upon ArtFinder, an online database assisting people with disability to easily locate accessible arts programs and events for recreation and professional arts practice. ArtFinder gives people access to information about accessible and inclusive arts opportunities that support cultural participation and connection to their local community.
Get Skilled Access: Parks Victoria Accessible Pilot Project
Parks Victoria and Get Skilled Access have joined up to ensure Victoria’s parks are accessible to all 106 million visitors per year. Get Skilled Access provide parks staff working with people with disability the tools they need to create an inclusive and enjoyable parks experience. The project is being delivered through a combination of online resources and face to face workshops. The project targets front-line parks staff including park rangers, volunteer coordinators and reception.
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)
This project builds the skills and capacity of the youth sector in Victoria to enable youth services to be more accessible and inclusive of young people with disability. The project ensures that youth workers better understand and meet the needs of young people with disability.
This is to better engage with young people with disability. Youth workers will have knowledge and skills to offer venues, activities and services that are accessible and inclusive of young people with disability.
This project directly supports people with disability to build physical literacy, skills and confidence to be active in a range of outdoor recreation settings and open up the great outdoors to people with disability during the green season.
Leisure Networks with Hume City Council, City of Darebin, Cardinia Shire Council
Projects happening in Colac-Otway, Hume and Darebin are creating closer links between community sporting clubs/services, and people with disability. The program aims to increase inclusion in sport and recreation activities.
La Trobe University
This project collaborates with La Trobe University, Disability Sport and Recreation and Vicsport. This project is developing online resources to design and deliver training modules for organisations. This is being used to train and support staff to make sport more inclusive for people with disability.
Disabled Wintersport Australia
This project supports the design, development and delivery of programs to build the capacity of partners to respond to the green season demand across the alpine region. An accredited training program is generating demand for the accessible alpine accommodation facility at Howmans Gap in Falls Creek. The accommodation includes a changing places facility that allows more day visitors with disability to access the sites.
Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
The project aims to build capability in the family services workforce regarding:
- better understanding and responding to people with disability
- working with families to implement behavioural management plans based on the Positive Behaviour Support approach
- early identification of potential family breakdown
- referral pathways for parents with disability and parents/carers of children with disability to access the support they need from mainstream, community and disability services
Uniting – Kildonan
The Real Estate Institute Victoria and Uniting Kildonan are delivering training to uplift the capability of real estate agents to better respond to the needs of current and prospective tenants with disability. The training is being rolled out in metro and regional locations and include an online component.
Community Housing Industry Association – Victoria
Community Housing Industry Association delivers training to build the capability of the community housing sector to better respond to the needs of current and prospective tenants with disability. The training will be accompanied by resources to support community housing staff in the transition to the NDIS.
Supporting access to mainstream housing for people with a psychosocial disability.
Wellways Australia aims increase accessibility to mainstream housing for NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability. The project supports NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability to secure and sustain housing within the private rental and not-for-profit community managed housing markets. It is being undertaken in the Barwon, North Eastern Melbourne and Central Highlands areas.
Action for More Independence and Dignity in Accommodation (AMIDA): Opening Doors-Renting for all
This project involves a community awareness campaign led by people with disabilities and mental illness to:
- reduce discrimination
- challenge negative attitudes that are a barrier to people with disability obtaining housing
People with disabilities share their housing aspirations to reduce stereotypes and promote positive attitudes with private and social housing providers in Victoria.
RMIT University, Centre for Innovative Justice
The Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University improves responses to people with cognitive impairment and dual diagnosis involved with the justice system, by recognising rights and removing discrimination.
This project uses human-centred design approaches to get insights from people with cognitive impairment and dual diagnosis in contact with the justice system. A reference group ensures the voices of people with disability are represented. The online resource will be accessible for use by a broad range of justice system professionals and staff.
The Victorian Healthcare Association: Disability Action Plans for Health Services
The project involves developing a disability action plan e-learning module. This module will include resources to help Victorian health services build their capacity to be responsive to the needs of people with disability as consumers and employees.
The initiative supports Victorian health services in developing disability action plans to reduce barriers, promote inclusion and change attitudes and practices. People with disability will experience increased employment, improved access to goods and services resulting in better health outcomes, and increased community inclusion.
Reviewed 02 January 2020