Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

A more inclusive Australia

Australians with disability will be empowered to exercise more choice and control in their lives.

The Turnbull Government will provide $56 million in grant funding to projects that help make Australia more inclusive for people with disability.

Many of the projects will specifically target hard-to-reach communities, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, remote regions, and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

The projects will provide people with disability, their families and carers access to up-to-date and relevant information, and links to services and supports in the community. This includes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and community and government services.

Our society must continue to evolve and become more inclusive for people with disability. The NDIS is providing more choice and control to Australians with disability and we must encourage everyone to fully participate in community life, education and work.

Funded projects include:

  • A South Australian project to develop a training package that supports people with disability to participate in cricket at a local club level.
  • Expanding the popular Gig Buddies program in New South Wales, where adults accompany people with disability to attend concerts and social events.
  • A virtual hub for women and girls with disability to access information on decision-making; leadership and participation; sexual and reproductive health, and prevention of violence, including referral pathways.

The projects have been funded through the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program.

More information about ILC grants is on the NDIS website.