$10M fund for projects that will contribute to the development of an NDIS and help to prepare people with disability, their families and carers, the disability services workforce and disability service organisations for significant change.
73 innovative projects have received funding from the Practical Design Fund (PDF). These projects will give individuals and organisations the opportunity to contribute to the implementation of the NDIS. It will also help prepare people with disability, their families and carers, the disability sector and workforce for the changes in how people choose and access disability supports under the NDIS.
The projects include innovative and new approaches that will:
|Ability Technology Ltd||$141,380|
|ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy||$90,200|
|Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia||$68,000|
|Association for Children with a Disability||$345,000|
|Brain Injury Australia||$440,235|
|Calvary Silver Circle||$92,780|
|Carpentaria Disability Service||$172,000|
|Centre for Disability Studies||$152,600|
|Cooloola Human Services Network||$62,500|
|Cootharinga North Queensland||$249,543|
|Disability Advocacy Network of Australia||$123,480|
|Epilepsy Foundation VIC||$124,000|
|Epilepsy Foundation Victoria||$123,800|
|Family Planning Association||$129,954|
|Future by Design||$192,625|
|Golden City Support Services||$57,639|
|Housing Resource and Support Service||$183,400|
|Illawarra Disability Trust||$197,000|
|Instinct and Reason||$280,000|
|Integrated Living Australia||$95,574|
|Latrobe Community Health Services||$309,958|
|Life Without Barriers||$26,061|
|Media Access Australia||$45,863|
|Mental Illness Fellowship Vic||$509,100|
|Motivation Austrlalia Development Organisation||$109,494|
|My Place (WA)||$11,000|
|National Rural Health Alliance||$77,000|
|NSW Council for Intellectual Disability||$31,653|
|Occupational Therapy Australia||$68,181|
|Perth Home Care Services||$19,803|
|Physical Disability Council of NSW||$83,998|
|Queensland Alliance for Mental Health||$106,477|
|Radius Disability Services||$72,000|
|South Coast Home Modifications||$51,615|
|Southern Cross University||$77,650|
|Speak Out Association of Tasmania||$72,733|
|St Laurence Community Services||$86,267|
|University of Melbourne||$122,405|
|University of Melbourne||$157,801|
|University of South Australia||$197,282|
|University of Sydney||$103,450|
|University of Western Sydney||$124,268|
|Wesley Mission Victoria||$27,621|
|Youth Disability Advocacy Services||$70,000|
On 3 December 2011, the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, announced that the Australian Government will provide $10 million in 2012-13 to support funding for initiatives and resources that would identify practical ways to prepare people with disability, their families and carers, the disability sector and workforce for the transition to an NDIS. This funding is known as the Practical Design Fund (PDF).
The Practical Design Fund will provide the opportunity for respondents to undertake work which will both contribute to the development of an NDIS and help to prepare people with disability, their families and carers, the disability services workforce and disability service organisations for significant change.
The Practical Design Fund is designed to identify practical solutions to the challenges facing people with disability, their families and carers and the disability sector as we transition to an NDIS, including in relation to:
The introduction of an NDIS will result in a greater level of consumer choice and control for people with disability. Project proposals to address this issue could include:
The introduction of an NDIS will result in a greater demand for a larger and more flexible workforce to provide care and support. Projects to address this issue may include identifying:
The introduction of an NDIS will result in greater levels of individualised funding and moving away from block funding, except in limited circumstances. How will providers prepare their operations to adjust to the new business model and ensure financial viability? Projects to address this issue may include identifying:
The following entity types are eligible to apply for funding for this activity:
a) Incorporated Associations (incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc’ in their legal name);
b) Incorporated Cooperatives (also incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have “Cooperative’ in their legal name);
c) Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – may be not-for-profit or for-profit proprietary company (limited by shares or by guarantee) or public companies);
d) Aboriginal Corporations (incorporated under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006);
e) Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or State/Territory legislation (many public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, unions etc);
f) An individual or – jointly and separately – individuals
$10 million is allocated to the Practical Design Fund.
In addition to this Practical Design Fund selection process, a second smaller Practical Design Fund selection process may be conducted later in 2012 if the applications received do not sufficiently cover the objectives of the Practical Design Fund or emerging issues for the NDIS require addressing. The second round may be an open, competitive round or direct selection depending on the project areas requiring development.
Applicants who are unsuccessful in this open selection process will be eligible to apply if a second, open selection process is conducted.
The Australian Government will also provide separate funding from 2012-13, additional to the Practical Design Fund, to prepare the local community and the disability sector for the new way of delivering care and support to people with disability. This additional funding will focus on launch locations.
Eligible projects must meet the objective of the Practical Design Fund .
A list of possible areas or projects include:
(1) How might people with disability, their families and carers, as well as disability service providers and the disability workforce be assisted to adapt to an environment in which individualised packages of support (including self-directed funding in a competitive environment) are provided to people with disability?
(2) How do we ensure that Indigenous people and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds receive the full benefits of an NDIS?
(3) How do people with disability and disability service providers effectively manage transition to an environment containing an NDIS?
(4) How do disability service providers work effectively in an environment containing an NDIS?
(5) How will disability service providers meet the increased demand for services resulting from the additional funding available under an NDIS?
This list is not exhaustive and alternate projects are welcomed.
Projects may propose solutions based on current knowledge and best practice or develop innovative solutions.
Projects may propose solutions based on Australian or international experience.
Project applications from people with lived experience are welcome. This includes people with disability, their families and carers, disability care workers, service providers, representative organisations and advocates.
DEEWR’s National Workforce Development Fund has allocated an amount of its funding for disability workforce qualification development. Therefore delivery of formal qualifications is out of scope, as these may be delivered as part of the DEEWR fund.
Projects already funded by state governments or the Commonwealth Government are not eligible for funding under the Practical Design Fund.
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