Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program

ILC provides funding to organisations to deliver projects in the community that benefit all Australians with disability, their carers and families.

These projects create connections between people with disability and the communities they live in. Projects aim to build the knowledge, skills and confidence of people with disability, and improve their access to community and mainstream services.

The ILC transferred from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to the Department of Social Services (DSS) in October 2020.

The ILC is being aligned other national disability policies and programs including the new Australia's National Disability Strategy, Disability Employment Services, National Disability Advocacy Program, the Disability Gateway and the Carer Gateway.

The ILC continues to be administered as outlined in the ILC strategic documents.

The referral function of Local Area Coordinators (LACs), which help connect all people with disability to their community and to services within each ILC stream, continues to be overseen by the NDIA.

To contact a LAC or Early Childhood (EC) partner in your service delivery area, please visit www.ndis.gov.au/contact/locations to search for the closest partner office in your location. For further information, please visit the NDIA website at www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.

ILC comprises four programs:

Information on upcoming ILC funding and other opportunities is available at the Community Grants Hub. Grant funding opportunities are also available on the grantsconnect website.

DSS has been reviewing the ILC program since its transfer from the NDIA. You can read a summary of early findings of the review.

In 2021, the department commissioned the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology to undertake an analysis of gaps and unmet needs in the ILC program. Further information on the Swinburne University research including an overview of results, a snapshot of the ILC landscape and a PowerPoint summary of results is available for you to read. Please note that Easy-Read and Auslan versions of these documents are currently under development and will be published as soon as they are available.

The review of the ILC program and Swinburne research are precursors to broad consultation with people with disability and other key stakeholders on future directions of the ILC.

Please email ILCReview@DSS.gov.au if you would like to subscribe to updates on the ILC and future engagement opportunities.

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