Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Commissioning Framework

The NDIA have just released the new version of the Information, Linkages And Capacity Building (ILC) Commissioning Framework, outlining the long awaited details on what, who, how and when ILC will be funded. The updated framework includes:

  • The new outcomes identified for ILC,

  • The way ILC will work with LAC, the NDIS and mainstream services and supports, and

  • How the grants component of ILC will work.

It does not include the application form for ILC funding or information on the selection criteria, reporting requirements and data collection. These will be included in the ILC Program Guidelines, due by the end of the year.

This framework is the product of two rounds of consultations with people with disability, their families and carers as well as people who work in the disability sector. It is expected to be the first of many versions of the ILC Commissioning Frameworks. Key excerpts of the Framework are outlined below.


What will they fund?

ILC will look to invest in projects that reflect a contemporary, progressive approach to inclusion. This means projects that don’t just carry out activities in the community but build the community right into every stage of the delivery of the project. The NDIA will only be able to fund activities that fit into one of the four activity areas described in the ILC policy:

  1. Information, linkages and referrals – this area is about making sure that people with disability and their families and carers have access to up-to-date, relevant and quality information. It is also about making sure they are linked into services and supports in the community that meet their needs.

  2. Community awareness and capacity building – this area is about making sure community activities and programs understand the needs of people with disability and have the skills and knowledge they need to be more inclusive.

  3. Mainstream capacity building – this area is about making sure mainstream services have the knowledge and skills they need to meet the needs of people with disability. Mainstream services are those things usually funded by government such as education, transport and health.

  4. Individual capacity building – this area is about making sure people with disability have the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to set and achieve their goals.

Within these Activity Areas, the NDIA has identified five key priority areas for funding:

Broadly speaking, ILC will fund:

  • Activities that meet people’s needs

  • Activities that assist people who do not have an NDIS plan

  • Activities that assist families and carers

ILC will not fund:

  • Work that duplicates the role of LAC

  • Policy advice

  • Core funding

  • Activities that belong in an NDIS fund

  • Mainstream services

  • Advocacy (individual and systemic)

  • Support for people aged over 65


How will ILC be funded?

The ILC budget will build up slowly over the next few years to approximately $132 million when the full roll out of the NDIS is complete in 2019-20.

ILC will offer two tiers of grants – one for under $10,000 and one for over $10,000.

  • for applications under $10,000 there will be one short, simple application form – there will not be a two stage process. The reporting requirements for these grants will also be reduced.

  • for grants over $10,000 the NDIA will run the expression of interest, followed by the full application.

There will be one grant round each year, starting with a call for expressions of interest. Short-listed organisations will be asked to submit a more detailed application.

While grants will be the focus in the short term, over time the Agency will also look at other elements that will help drive inclusion, such as co-investment, innovation and the best way to share research and evidence about the benefits of inclusion across the community.


Who can apply for ILC grants?

Both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations are eligible for ILC grants. Organisations do not have to register with the NDIA to apply for a grant. Registered providers are permitted to apply for grants, though the NDIA will outline the circumstances under which this would not be allowed in the ILC Program Guidelines.


When will funding be granted?

The commissioning process for ACT will commence in late January 2017 with the release of the Funding Round Summary, and the opening of the grant application process.  The application process will be completed in time for funding to commence from 1 July 2017.

The commencement date for ILC in other jurisdictions will be:

1 July 2018 – SA and NSW
1 July 2019 – Vic, Qld, TAS and NT
WA – to be advised.



The NDIA have outlined their four objectives and five outcomes for ILC policy, summarised in the graphic below:


Through the ILC outcomes framework, the NDIA will measure the impact of ILC activities at three different levels:

  • Individual level – how activities are making a difference to individuals,

  • Organisation level – how well organisations are delivering activities, and

  • Community level – how activities are making a difference at a community level and whether there is evidence of greater inclusion of people with disability.


Pilot in ACT

The NDIA will hold a pilot for ILC in the ACT. This will begin with information sessions later this year, followed by a call for applications in late January 2017.

Organisations will have six weeks to complete their application and funding will be provided from 1 July 2017. Because of the tight timelines for the pilot in the ACT, the Agency will not test the two stage process and will call for full applications in January 2017.



Read the full ILC Commissioning Framework at

For DSC Director, Roland Naufal’s previous analysis of the ILC Policy, read ILC: A Serious Imbalance in the NDIS.