Up to $20,000 is available from Transition Assistance Funding to support organisations in the disability and aged care sectors in their transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

 

Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program: Transition Assistance Funding

The Transition Assistance Funding will assist organisations to purchase tailored supports including business advice, professional services and software upgrades, which will assist to build the disability sector capacity and service provider readiness in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 

Background

Ernst & Young (EY) is delivering the Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program Transition Assistance Funding to support organisations in the disability and aged care sectors in their transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Announced in the 2017-18 Budget, the $33 million program comprises three initiatives: the Regional Coordinator (RC) initiative; Specialist Coordinator (SC) initiative; and the Sector Transition and Employer Support (STES) initiative. This funding opportunity relates to the Transition Assistance Funding, under the STES initiative.

 

Objectives

The Transition Assistance Funding aims to assist organisations to:

  • attract, retain and optimise their workforce
  • improve awareness of the opportunities and ability to enter/expand and collaborate in the disability sector
  • develop skills and capabilities required to effectively operate in a consumerdriven disability market.

 

Funding

A funding pool of approximately $8,800,000 (GST exclusive) is available for this current round.

The amount of Transition Assistance Funding available to eligible organisations is up to $20,000 (GST exclusive). It should be noted that:

  • Organisations can only receive one amount of Transition Assistance Funding. Organisations that received funding under Round 1 of Transition Assistance Funding (Round 1) are not eligible to receive funding under Round 2. It is suggested that you coordinate this application within your organisation. If an application has been submitted in error, please use the Contact Us form on the program website.
  • Transition Assistance Funding can only be used for eligible activities that have not received funding from the Commonwealth or State or Territory Governments.
  • Funding can be used on more than one eligible activity (see section 2.3 of the guidelines for more information).
  • If you require less than $20,000, please specify the funding amount you are applying for within the application form. The minimum amount of funding that can be applied for is $5,000. The amount of funding you request will not affect your chances of receiving funding.

 

Eligible Activities

The Transition Assistance Funding can only be used for eligible activities. Guides to purchasing services, a list of Professional Business Consultants and a list of eligible activity types will be made available on the program website. Transition Assistance Funding can be used to purchase multiple eligible activities.

Eligible activities are broad in nature and will vary between organisations. Eligible activities need to meet all of the following requirements. They:

  • link to an area of need identified in the recommendations of an organisation’s Readiness Plan. By using the Readiness Plan as a guide for service
    packages, the program is ensuring that the funding is being used to address identified needs within the organisation which will benefit their transition to the NDIS
  • may assist to establish new or grow existing capability in the organisation as set out in the program’s objectives
  • involve advice from service providers external to the organisation or by those who are currently not employed by the organisation
  • are not an ineligible activity (refer to the template Transition Assistance Funding Agreement).

For further information on the above, please refer to the template Transition Assistance Funding Agreement.

 

Eligible Applicants

You are eligible to apply for the funding if you have an ABN (or can access an ABN through an auspicing arrangement) and are one of the entities below:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Co-operative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Sole Trader
  • Partnership
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • Unincorporated association

For organisations applying under an auspicing arrangement, you will need to complete the Auspice Authorisation Form as well. Auspice Authorisation Forms will need to be sent to [email protected]

You do not need to be an NDIS registered entity to be eligible for this funding. However, if you are not NDIS registered and do not intend to seek NDIS registration in the next 18 months, you will be unable to complete an application for funding.

The following organisations are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • those currently NDIS registered
  • those in the process of seeking NDIS registration
  • those likely to seek NDIS registration in the next 18 months if you are one or more of the following type of organisation:
    • Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO)
    • Aged Care provider
    • Disability (non NDIS) service provider
    • Health and other service organisation (defined as one of the following)
      • Hospital services and rehabilitation activities service provider
      • Mental health and crisis intervention service provider
      • Housing and homelessness service provider
      • Self-help and personal social welfare service provider
      • Provides services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
      • Participant advocacy provider
    • subcontracting to an NDIS registered organisation.

 

Timing

Applications close 8 November 2019.

 

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