A New Way of Working for Grants


3 December 2015

The Australian Government is inviting applications for the National Disability Insurance Scheme – National Disability Insurance Scheme Transition - Sector Development Fund - Specialist Disability Accommodation Initiative (SDAI).

Sector Development Fund (SDF) assists people with disability, the disability services sector and its workforce with the transition to the NDIS. The SDAI will help address immediate community need for specialist disability housing in a limited number of locations outside of NDIS trial sites (as determined by the geographic location or age cohort) by providing ‘top up’ funding to:

  • increase the availability of accommodation for people with a disability, who the applicant anticipates will be eligible for the NDIS, with a particular focus on:
    • those housed in inappropriate accommodation settings; and
    • those with ageing carers who are in need of a long-term, sustainable arrangement.
  • identify project initiatives with self-sustaining specialist disability housing models which could be scaled up in the future.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEDT on Thursday 11 February 2016.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application

The Australian Government is committed to working effectively with organisations to deliver valuable services for individuals, families and the community. This includes providing greater certainty for service providers to improve service delivery and enable them to continue to deliver the critical work that they do.

As part of a broad plan to boost productivity and remove unnecessary red tape for community organisations, the Department of Social Services (DSS) has seven streamlined grant programmes aimed at enhancing service delivery and providing greater freedom for service providers.

DSS grant arrangements include:

  • grant programmes that reflect the way community services are delivered
  • longer term grant agreements where appropriate, to offer certainty in service delivery
  • a move towards a single grant agreement for each provider to reduce administrative burden
  • a streamlined approach to programme performance reporting which is mutually beneficial
  • simplified financial acquittal reporting to cut down on administrative costs for providers

DSS funding rounds currently open for application are advertised on the Funding Open for Application page.

Organisations interested in DSS grants are encouraged to subscribe to receive alerts when new information is made available. The Department accepts no responsibility to inform applicants of any changes if they do not subscribe to receive alerts.

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For information about DSS Budget measures, visit the DSS Budget page.

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