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Organisations receive up to $200,000 in Round Two of Innovative Workforce Fund

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Assistant Minister for Disability Services the Hon Jane Prentice MP today announced the successful recipients of Round Two Innovative Workforce Fund grants.

Eight organisations will received funds of up to $200,000 to trial or evaluate innovative projects that build the workforce or utilise it in new ways.

The Innovative Workforce Fund (IWF) is funded with an allocation of $4M from the Sector Development Fund, and is managed by NDS. Round One projects to the value of $2.9M were announced in early July, and their activities are now well underway.

Today Minister Prentice announced the Round Two projects, saying, "Supporting this jobs growth through new ways of working is crucial to the success of the NDIS – ensuring NDIS participants can get the services they choose from workers in their local area."

NDS Chief Executive Ken Baker welcomed the Minister's announcement of Round Two results, saying NDS and the sector will be keen to see what emerges from the new suite of projects which focus on the methods of introducing innovation, ways to better utilise existing workers, and participant-led initiatives.

"Of the eight successful Round Two projects, half came from outside the sector, and several bids involved advocacy organisations, participants and/or peer workers," Ken noted.

As in Round One, there was a large number of excellent proposals that reflected considerable thought and effort. Although many could not be funded with the remaining IWF funds, some projects may be able to secure support through other state and territory based processes.

Find more information on the projects and their progress on the IWF webpage.

Contact information
Caroline Alcorso, National Manager (Workforce Development), 02 9256 3180,