$19.6M to Help Australians with a Disability Realise Their Employment Goals
The Morrison Government, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), is investing $19.6 million to fund innovative projects that will provide greater opportunity for people with disability to participate in work.
Local member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski, said 64 organisations will receive funding through the Economic Participation of People with Disability grants, as part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.
Grants under the ILC program are to build connections between people with disability and the communities they live in. Unlike the rest of the NDIS, ILC grants are not for individuals – they are for organisations to carry out activities in the community.
Mr Falinski said local service provider, Fighting Chance Australia Ltd would receive $544,775 to provide Jigsaw participants to mainstream employment to improve their prospects of employment.
‘Today’s announcement will help many members of our community with disability realise their ambitions of increased participation in the community through securing a job and I am proud to see this excellent project receive funding through this program,’ said Mr Falinski.
‘The grant will build the capacity of businesses and organisations to employ people with disability through community engagement, improved resources and training.’
The grant round also supports the work of the Coalition Government’s recently established NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce.
‘Since it was announced in December last year, the taskforce has been delivering changes that open the way for better employment outcomes,’ said Mr Falinski.
‘Together, the taskforce and grants are providing more options for people with disability to participate in work and are a reminder of the good work being done to implement Australia’s world leading NDIS.’
Types of projects funded include a community of practice between employers, promotional activities to attract people with disability to roles, events and forums to promote people with disability in workplace settings and creation of workforce inclusion plans.
The full list of grant recipients is available on the NDIS website: (https://www.ndis.gov.au/community/grants/funded-projects)