The Australian Government has established a program to support NDIS providers in meeting their quality and safeguarding responsibilities.
In the 2018-2019 Budget, the Australian Government invested $17.6 million over four years in a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Support for NDIS Providers Program.
The Program will fund the development and delivery of tools and resources that will be available to all NDIS providers. These large-scale projects will focus on supporting providers to meet their responsibilities to provide safe and quality services to NDIS participants.
A mix of open and targeted grant opportunities were available in 2018-19:
- An open, competitive grants process targeting large-scale projects that will benefit all providers.
- The other two grants opportunities were closed. Two organisations were invited directly to apply for these targeted grants: Allied Health Professions Australia to provide tools and resources to assist allied health practitioners and business in meeting the new quality and safeguarding arrangements, and the NSW and SA Councils for Intellectual Disability to support people with intellectual disability to be aware of and engage with the new NDIS Code and Practice standards.
Applications for the 2018-19 grant opportunity closed on 29 April 2019.
Details of awarded grants are available on GrantConnect (under Grant Awards) and are listed below.
|Grant Recipient||Location||Grant Activity||Amount (GST Exc)|
|Allied Health Profession Australia Ltd||Melbourne, VIC||Support for allied health professionals to undertake registration with the NDIS||$500,000|
|Amergin Pty Ltd||Paddington, QLD||Online education and capacity building for NDIS providers.||$741,796|
|Cullunghutti Aboriginal and Family Centre Inc||South Nowra, NSW||Our Story, Our Journey: Supporting Aboriginal Services to become NDIS Providers.||$396,918|
|La Trobe University||Bundoora, VIC||Resources for Delivering and Monitoring Quality of Evidence Informed Practice.||$750,000|
|Mental Health Coordinating Council Ltd||Lilyfield, NSW||Forum and webinars on Quality Assurance for providers supporting people with psychosocial disability.||$629,000|
|National Disability Services Limited||Deakin, ACT||‘Conversations and Collaborations’ project, including workshops and materials for Communities of Practice, Restrictive Practices, Code of Conduct and Quality Assurance.||$750,000|
|Parkinson’s NSW Limited||North Ryde, NSW||Instructional Program and Resource Pack for providers and boards to meet Quality Assurance.||$396,600|
|Summer Foundation Ltd||Box Hill, VIC||Specialist Disability Accommodation quality and safeguards education, training and capacity building.||$481,701|
|The New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability||Surry Hills, NSW||Develop and present resources and workshops for people with intellectual disability.||$400,000|
|The Northcott Society||North Parramatta, NSW||Best‐in‐Class: A practice framework for High Intensity Daily Personal Activities.||$674,550|