National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) 2013-14 Questions and Answers

Q1. When do applications close?    

Applications for 2013-14 funding under the National Disability Conference Initiative will close at 2:00pm AEST on Friday 26 April 2013.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Q2. When can conferences funded under this round be held?

Conferences must be held in the 2013-14 financial year (i.e. between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014).

Q3. What is the maximum amount of funding an organisation can apply for?

Eligible organisations may apply for funding of up to $12,000 per conference.  Applications will be accepted for one conference per organisation.  The application must relate to a conference being held in Australia in the 2013-14 financial year.  Successful applicants may be offered an amount smaller than applied for.

Q4. How do I apply?

To apply for selection under this process, applicants must complete the Application Form and submit it electronically using the ‘Submit Application’ function at Part 8 of the form.  Applications must be received by 2:00pm AEST on Friday 26 April 2013.  The Department will not issue Application Forms or accept completed applications by fax, post or email. See the Application Form for more information.

Q5. What can I use the funding for?

Funding recipients can use NDCI funding to:

  • assist people with disability with the costs of attending eligible conferences.  This includes conference fees, accommodation and travel;
  • facilitate access to such conferences for people with disability.  This includes funding for Auslan interpreters, hearing loops, note takers for people who are deaf or hearing impaired; and
  • assist family member(s) or carer(s) that support the person with disability to attend the conference.

See Section 3.5 of Part C: Application Information for the National Disability Conference Initiative 2013-2014 for more information.

Q6. What is the definition of a “disability conference”?

A conference is deemed to be a ‘disability conference’ if at least half (50 per cent) of the conference program focuses on people with disability and/or issues that affect people with disability.

Q7. Can I submit applications for several conferences?

No.  Eligibility is restricted to one conference per organisation to be held in Australia in any one financial year.

Q8. I am a person with disability.
a) How do I find out whether a particular conference has received funding?
b) How do I find out about my eligibility for assistance?

You will need to contact the conference organisers to determine whether they have received funding to assist people with disability to attend the conference.

Q9. Does the NDCI extend to Indigenous people?

Yes.  NDCI funding assists conference organisers meet the costs of helping any person with disability (including a family member or carer(s) attending to support them) to attend their conference.

Q10. Where else can I access funding to assist a person with disability to attend a conference?

The Australian Government GrantsLINK website provides information about government grants and assistance for individuals, businesses and communities.

Q11. If an organisation receives NDCI funding in 2013-14, can they apply again in future funding rounds?

The NDCI funding has been managed by FaHCSIA since 1999. If an organisation is eligible and receives NDCI funding in 2013-14, the same organisations may apply for funding in future funding rounds.

Q12. Can you provide an indication of the anticipated timeline for the advising of outcomes?

The closing date and time for submissions of applications is 2pm AEST Friday 26 April 2013. Assessment Teams will then assess applications and consider the applicant’s response to each Selection Criterion.  After the assessments are concluded, all applicants will be advised of the selection process outcome by email.  Successful applicants will then be sent a Funding Agreement via post.  The outcome of the selection process may also be announced via a media release and will be published on the FaHCSIA website.

Q13. Is funding available to a carer if the person with a disability is not attending?  

NDCI funding extends to family members or carers only if they are attending with and to support a person with disability attending a conference. Further, it is up to eligible conference organisers to apply for NDCI funding and to make decisions regarding exactly who is supported by NDCI funding and how.

Q14 If an application from an eligible organisation was approved, when would the NDCI funding be paid?

Payment of the approved amount in the Funding Agreement will be made approximately six weeks prior to the date of the conference as advised in the Application Form.

Q15 What can’t the funding be used for?

Funding may not be used for: 

  • a person without disability who is not a family member or recognised carer(s) who is attending to support a person with disability;
  • conferences that do not have a disability focus, do not have a national focus, or are not held in Australia between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014;
  • international travel;
  • carer organisations hosting a carer or support worker focused conference, even if people with disability are attending;
  • a person with disability to attend a non-disability focused conference;
  • presenters/speakers without disability to present at a conference; and/or
  • administrative costs such as advertising, telephone, printing/publishing, staff expenses, catering or venue hire.

See Section 3.5 of Part C: Application Information for the National Disability Conference Initiative 2013-2014 for more information.

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