Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

National Disability Conference Initiative Grants open

The Australian Government is making it easier for people with a disability to participate in nationally focused, disability-related conferences held in Australia.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice, said grants of up to $10,000 are available to organisations to help people with disability participate in conferences from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

“The grants are designed to assist organisations to support people with disability including accompanying family members or carers, with costs associated with attending a conference. The grant can contribute to costs such as registration fees, travel and accommodation,” Mrs Prentice said.

“Conference organisers can also use the grants to ensure people with disability can better participate in conferences, by developing accessible materials, employing Auslan interpreters, or offering assistive computer devices, software, aids and appliances.”

The National Disability Conference Initiative promotes inclusive and accessible communities as part of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.

“This is an important initiative because it provides more people with disability the opportunity to engage in the conversations that affect them, which ultimately helps to shift attitudes in Australia and improve the lives of people with disability,” Mrs Prentice said.  

Applications close at 2PM (AEDT) on 20 March 2018. To apply for a grant or for more information on the NDCI grant round, go to Australian Government Community Grants Hub at