What is Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)?
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) is the new name for “Tier 2” of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It was agreed that this title better reflects the supports it would provide and removes potential for misinterpreting the NDIS as a hierarchy of supports, which was implied by the term “tiers”.
ILC is a key component of the NDIS insurance model and will contribute to the sustainability of the NDIS by building the capacity of the community, people with disability, their families and carers, and greater community inclusion. Over time, these can reduce the demand for and level of support required from individually funded responses.
Disability Ministers have agreed on the ILC Policy Framework and have requested targeted consultations. This framework was developed by the Commonwealth, states and territories and is intended to guide the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in developing a transition and implementation strategy for ILC. This framework explores the types of supports ILC will offer, how it could be implemented and how people might access ILC supports.
ILC supports will be delivered through five streams of activity (these are further outlined in the ILC Policy Framework):
- Information, Linkages and Referrals
- Capacity building for mainstream services
- Community awareness and capacity building
- Individual capacity building
- Local area coordination
The findings of the consultations will be collated by Department of Social Services into a report for use by Disability Ministers, Commonwealth, state and territory government officials and the NDIA.
Governments have noted that the findings will be considered in the context of transitioning to full scheme delivery of the NDIS, including the rollout of ILC supports. In particular, the report will provide valuable insights from the disability sector during transition to full scheme and the development of implementation strategies.
What are we seeking from you?
We would like your feedback about the ILC Policy Framework. Key questions have been developed which aim to provide insights into stakeholder expectations, the scope of supports and implementation challenges of ILC. We encourage your response to be guided by these focus areas, in addition to any other issues you would like to raise.
- What are the most important elements of ILC?
- What is missing?
- How will we know the ILC streams are meeting their objectives/vision?
- What would be the implementation challenges?
- Which aspects of a person’s life do you think ILC could have the greatest impact on?
- What are some of the principles that should guide investment across ILC streams?
- How do you see the interface between ILC functions and activities and the interaction with the mainstream service system? (housing, education, employment, health, family, accessibility and transport)
Why is the policy on the NDIA website?
A targeted consultation is being conducted primarily by jurisdictional governments. In consultation with relevant governments, NDIA will also support this process by publishing the policy framework on our website.
Feedback provided on the ILC policy framework via the website will be sent directly to DSS for inclusion within the national process. NDIA will not filter responses and is not responsible for the final decision on how the feedback will be adopted.
Provide feedbackWe would appreciate all feedback on the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Policy Framework.
You can submit your comments via this feedback form until 15/3/15.