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Aboriginal owned and controlled organisations to receive a timely boost in ILC Remote Grant Round

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Funding of around $9.4M has been allocated to 13 projects to run for one or two years from July 2018. The grants are designed to assist organisations and community groups providing place-based and culturally-specific information, resources and supports, unique to the needs of people with disability living in remote communities.

The Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Remote Grant Round piloted a direct, non-competitive grant round process (which was invitation-only) for remote areas across Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara region of Australia (APY Lands).

Eight of the 13 projects are based in South Australia with many of the grant recipients being Aboriginal owned and controlled organisations. 

Projects include:

  • Information, linkages and referrals for people with disability in the local communities of Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla
  • Information, linkages and referrals for people with disability and the broader community living or visiting the Raukkan community
  • A two-year project to establish a collaboration of all major Aboriginal service organisations in the Far West Coast Region of SA
  • A two-year project to evaluate unmet needs for psychosocial disability support across the APY Lands
  • A project to register the anticipated 100 APY Lands residents who are believed to be eligible for the NDIS
  • A two-year project for an NDIS Officer to work in partnership with the NDIS and disability service providers to build workforce capacity to better support the roll out and community uptake of the NDIS in the APY lands
  • A two-year project to engage workers with expertise in local language to provide information, linkages and referrals for people with disability in the remote areas of Coober Pedy and Umoona Community and the surrounding areas of Oodnadatta, Kingoonya and Maree
  • A two-year program to develop and deliver a training package on Kangaroo Island for 10 peer support facilitators, all of whom have an intellectual disability

The NT project will be run over two years. A team that includes an Occupational Therapist and Mobility/Seating Technician will visit 53 very remote communities in the Northern Territory to introduce and fit people with disability to Assistive Technology (AT) to Keep Moving. The team will raise awareness of the value of AT to reduce reliance on other supports and train local residents in maintaining and repairing AT devices. The team will also work with community members and service providers to build the capacity of local people in identifying disability support needs.

Organisations invited to apply were identified through consultation between the NDIA and Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments.

Contact information
Peter Hoppo, State Manager, 08 8154 3701,