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The National Disability Insurance Agency invites you to participate in consultations on key elements of the ILC Commissioning Framework.

In July 2015, all governments in Australia agreed to the ILC Policy Framework.

The policy has now been given to the Agency to implement.  The purpose of the Agency’s ILC Commissioning Framework is to translate the ILC Policy Framework into action.

The Agency has already done some work on the Framework.

At the end of last year we released a consultation draft of the Commissioning Framework. The Framework outlines how the Agency will fund and manage information, linkage and capacity building (ILC) activities in the future.

Before we finish the Framework, we would like to talk more with people with disability, their families and carers as well as people who work in the sector about some key parts of the Framework. We would like to do that over the next few months before we release the final Framework in mid-2016.

There are two ways you can provide feedback on the Consultation Draft of the ILC Commissioning Framework:

The Agency will shortly put more information on NDIS website outlining the schedule for face-to-face consultations. We will hold separate sessions for:

  • People with disability, families and carers; and.
  • Organisations that provide ILC-type activities.
Consultation sessions will be held in the following locations:

We understand that not everyone will be able to attend a face-to-face session. For that reason we encourage everyone who wants to participate to make a written submission.

The consultation sessions are about the ideas and information contained in the ILC Commissioning Framework. They are not intended to discuss funding arrangements for existing organisations. Further information about current and future funding arrangements of ILC type activities will be released later this year.

What can I provide feedback on?

Some of the details in the ILC Commissioning Framework are based on the policy and therefore cannot change. There are, however, some aspects of the ILC Commissioning Framework that are still in development and we are seeking feedback on these areas.

The Agency is asking for feedback on key elements including:

  1. The proposed outcomes for ILC and the best ways to measure them.

Questions you might like to consider:

  • Do you agree with the nine outcomes outlined in the Consultation Draft? Is there anything else the Agency should consider?
  • Do the nine outcomes cover everything you would expect to see in ILC?
  • How should we measure each of the nine outcomes?
  • How can people with disability, their families and carers and the broader community stay  involved in measuring outcomes as ILC rolls out?
  • Is there anything we should consider in setting up our data collection processes?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
  1. How to prepare the sector for outcomes-based performance measurement.

Questions you might like to consider:

  • What are the biggest challenges for organisations moving to outcomes based funding?
  • What can the Agency do to help organisations meet those challenges?
  • What can people with disability, their families and carers do to help organisations get ready?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
  1. How to grow social capital in the sector, particularly volunteering.

While there are many different definitions of social capital, in this context social capital means things like volunteering or the relationships that organisations have with others in the community that contribute to the work of the organisation and help people with disability and their families.

Questions you might like to consider:

  • The Agency would like to see things like volunteering grow in ILC. What can the Agency do to make sure that happens?
  • What barriers might there be to growing social capital?
  • What types of activities work well when delivered by volunteers?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
  1. How to prepare the sector for the requirements of the ILC sourcing process.

The Agency is moving to a nationally consistent framework for ILC. Funding will be provided to organisations through an open competitive grants process.
Questions you might like to consider:

  • What are the biggest challenges for organisations moving to competitive grant funding?
  • What can the Agency do to help organisations meet those challenges?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
  1. Rural and Remote.

The Agency would like to make sure that ILC meets the diverse needs of people with disability across the country.

Questions you might like to consider:

  • What does the Agency need to consider when rolling out ILC in rural and remote areas?
  • How can we encourage and support growth in ILC type activities in rural and remote areas?
  • What things work well in supporting organisations working in rural and remote areas?
  • Is there anything else we need to consider?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

How do I get involved?

The Agency wants to hear from you. The ILC Commissioning Framework will be stronger once your ideas have been incorporated. You can provide as much, or as little, feedback as you would like. You are welcome to answer one question or all the questions. We are interested in everyone’s feedback.

Organisations and individuals that would like to provide feedback can do so through the ILC mailbox – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please use the ILC feedback document template. Written feedback will be accepted up until 5pm Friday the 22nd of April 2016. 

Before providing feedback we encourage you to read the ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation and the ILC Policy Framework. There is also an Easy English version of the Commissioning Framework.

FAQs.

What is an ILC Commissioning Framework?

The Disability Reform Council – which is made up of disability ministers from the Commonwealth and states and territories – has endorsed an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Policy Framework.

The ILC Policy Framework outlines the five streams of ILC activity. The policy does not however outline outcomes for ILC or detail how these activities should be delivered.

The NDIA now has to turn the ILC Policy Framework into an action plan. We are doing that through an ILC Commissioning Framework. 

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft outlines the outcomes the Agency expects from ILC, and the way it will fund and manage ILC activities.

We have released a draft of the ILC Commissioning Framework because we would like to talk more to people with disability, their families and carers and people that work in the sector before we finish it.

Who is ILC for?

The focus of ILC is not on who will access it, but on the supports offered.

People with disability will benefit from ILC activities, whether or not they also receive an individual funding package through the NDIS. For example making the community more inclusive or changing community attitudes to disability will benefit all people with disability.

What sort of activities will be available through ILC?

In July 2015, all governments around Australia agreed to a policy framework for ILC. The policy framework outlines five areas of ILC activity:

  1. Information, linkages and referrals.
  2. Capacity building for mainstream services.
  3. Community awareness and capacity building.
  4. Individual capacity building.
  5. Local area co-ordination (LAC).
The NDIA will only fund activities that fit into one of the five streams.

Local Area Coordinators (LACs) will connect people with disability to services and supports. LACs will be skilled at working with people with disability from all walks of life. But it is unreasonable to expect that they will have the skills and resources to meet everyone’s needs all of the time. So the NDIA will also provide grants for activities that LACs cannot provide.

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft proposes that ILC grant funding will be directed at other activities that make a measureable difference in the lives of people with a disability. ILC grants will need to reflect the needs and priorities of different local communities.

When will ILC start?

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft does not provide a start date for ILC in each state and territory.

We are currently talking to the federal, state and territory governments about how to manage the transition. Information about transition arrangements is expected to be released in early 2016. These plans will include when the Agency will start investing under the final ILC Commissioning Framework and what funding arrangements will be put in place ahead of this.

It is anticipated that the first jurisdiction to participate in the new ILC sourcing process will be the ACT. A trial sourcing process is expected to start in late 2016 with funding to commence from 1 July 2017.

The experiences in the ACT will be used to inform the sourcing process and guidelines used in other jurisdictions.

Where can I find more information on ILC?

Please visit the ILC page for other relevant documents, such as the ILC Policy FrameworkILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft   and a summary of the ILC Commissioning Framework co-design process.

There is also an Easy English version of the Commissioning Framework .

How can I get involved in the NDIA’s plans for ILC?

There will be an opportunity for people with disability, their families and carers and potential ILC providers to take part in the consultations on the ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft, including an opportunity for written feedback.  

The Agency is now calling for written feedback (DOCX) covering the issues we would like to hear more about. 

Face-to-face consultations will also be held across Australia, beginning in February and concluding in April.   Existing events or groups will be used to support consultations wherever possible.

Organisations and individuals can register to receive information about the ILC consultation process by providing their contact details (organisation name, state/territory, contact person, phone number and email address) by emailing the  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;. 

How much funding will be available for ILC?

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft outlines the anticipated available funding for ILC in Part 1.

Who will be eligible for funding?

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft outlines the proposed eligibility for ILC grant funding.

Which current programs will be funded under the final ILC Commissioning Framework?

ILC funding will be allocated on a competitive basis.

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft outlines the future priorities and sourcing process proposed for ILC.

We are currently talking to the federal, state and territory governments about when the Agency will start investing under the final ILC Commissioning Framework and what funding arrangements will be put in place ahead of this.

More information about transition arrangements is expected to be released in early 2016.

What will be the role of LACs in ILC?

Local Area Coordination (LAC) is central to the successful implementation of the ILC Commissioning Framework. LACs will be the largest single investment by the Agency in delivering ILC outcomes.

The ILC Commissioning Framework – Consultation Draft summarises the role of LACs in Part 3.

It is important to note that there is a significant tender process for LAC services currently underway in Victoria. For probity reasons we cannot release more detail.  When the tender is complete more information will be available about the role of LACs.

Article Source: http://www.ndis.gov.au/community/ilc-home/ilc-commissioning-framework-consultation