20 August Funding boost for inclusion in remote Australia. August 20, 2018 By Kris Murphy General, Sector Development 0 The Australian federal government has announced that it will be providing more than $9.3 million in grant funding through the NDIS’ Information, Linkages and Capacity building program to provide better access to services for people living with disability in remote areas of Australia. Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan said, the thirteen projects throughout the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia aim to create better access to services, with a strong focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with disability. “This funding is trialling targeted activities in hard-to-reach areas to improve access to services and enable people with disability to more actively participate in their communities,” Mr Tehan said. Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice said the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is providing more choice and control to Australians with disability. “There are many challenges in delivering services to remote and regional Australia. It is crucial that we work with Indigenous communities, to ensure that they have the capability to deliver the services they need,” Mrs Prentice said. Funded projects include: An Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara region (APY Lands) project that upskills local people to help them get employment in the disability service industry, and supports people with disability to register for the NDIS. Helping people with disability in the Northern Territory access and use Assistive Technology (AT) and build the capacity of communities to maintain and repair AT equipment. The projects have been funded through the NDIS’ Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program. More information about ILC grants is on the NDIS website Related Innovative boost for students with disability in remote Queensland As part of the Queensland governments Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Mediasphere and NeoRehab have been awarded funding to develop interactive educational services. Down Syndrome Australia's Position paper on education Tender open for ECEI Services in Western Australia Winners announced at the 2017 Excellence Awards Winners announced at the 2017 Excellence Awards New Standard for ASD Assessment More support for people with disability in NT The Turnbull Government will provide $14.8 million to fund Local Area Coordination (LAC) services and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Darwin, Litchfield and Palmerston government areas. The NDIS is expected to support more than 6,500 people in the Northern Territory and about 460,000 people nationally when it is fully implemented in 2020. The Scheme is also expected to boost the Northern Territory economy by $160 million, and create up to 1,325 new jobs in disability services in the Territory. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.