Information Linkages and Capacity Building

What is Information Linkages and Capacity Building?

People with disability want the same things in life as other people in the community. They want the opportunity to live an ordinary life – somewhere to live, a job, a good education, the company of family and friends or the freedom to go to the beach or the movies.

They want to be able to do the same things most other people take for granted. The NDIS has been introduced to help make this a reality. As part of the NDIS, the Australian Government established the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC). ILC focuses on building an individual’s capacity to live an ordinary life and creating opportunities in the community to do so.

Genuine and meaningful community inclusion can only be achieved when people with disability, government and community work together. ILC will help bring people together to achieve that important goal. While ILC funding is distributed through grants, ILC is more than an ordinary grants program – it is a catalyst for change.

For more information, visit the NDIA website:

ILC in Victoria

The Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be implemented in Victoria from July 2019.

During transition, Victoria supports a range of projects with funding from the NDIA to continue existing ILC-type activities and to deliver new activities that focus on innovation, addressing market gaps and helping organisations prepare for the ILC.

Details of these initiatives are below and for more information, contact organisations directly.


People with disability are connected and have the information they need to make decisions and choices


Logo for AmazeAmaze supports an existing network of autism peer-support groups across Victoria as they continue to transition into the NDIS. This includes workshops and direct support with implementing NDIS plans and preparing for plan reviews. This work supports a smooth transition to NDIS and build self-reliance of peer-support groups to ensure sustainability over time.


Association for Children with Disability

Logo for Association for Children with DisabilitySupporting choice and control over their lives using community and mainstream services, Association of Children with Disabilities maintains support to 18 local level support groups of parents of children with disabilities across Victoria and a trial online parent support group. These local groups provide safe spaces for parents and to share disability specific information.


Carers Victoria

Logo for Carers VictoriaCarers Victoria’s peer support project supports the transition to the NDIS by improving the capacity of peer support group facilitators. It is establishing an online peer support facilitator network, engaging with facilitators through face to face events, holding a state-wide peer support forum, and developing resources to address common challenges. The project is aiming to increase support group sustainability, improve community connectedness, and develop the skills of carer support group facilitators. This is a state-wide initiative aiming to interact with carers across Victoria in both online and face to face events.


Down Syndrome Victoria

Logo for Down Syndrome VictoriaLiving Learning - Peer Support. The target audience is families and people with Down Syndrome participating in existing peer support groups. DSV continues to support existing groups' regular contact and respond to specific needs for information and support, and newly developed small groups is being developed to build confidence of people with Down Syndrome to better contribute to decisions affecting their lives.  The project works across Metro and regional areas (Bendigo, Wodonga, Ballarat).


CEAV Careers Counselling Australia

Logo for CEAV Careers Counselling AustraliaBuilding Ability through Career Management Program. This project is building capacity for young people and parents to make informed career choices; increasing knowledge and capability for youth advocates to support transitional needs of their clients. It targets young people with disability transitioning to training and employment, parents, youth advocates and employers. It provides career education workshops for parents; individual professional career guidance for young people with disability; a work readiness resource for parents and community groups; and linking young people to employers with jobs.


Awards Victoria with YACVic / YDAS

Logo for Awards Victoria with YACVic / YDASLogo for YACVicLogo for YDASIncreasing representation and leadership support for young people with disability. YACVic and YDAS is piloting a new leadership project for young people with disability. The project partners with Awards Victoria, that sees young people partake in a tailored Award program and associated Youth Award Leader training workshop.

Young people are receiving:

  • education and training in civic participation and the disability sector
  • workshops and activities in leadership and advocacy skills
  • mentoring from YACVic and YDAS staff and other disability advocacy experts

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Disability Sport and Recreation

Logo for Disability Sport and RecreationThe project provides employment opportunities for women with disabilities who have completed leadership training. Paid and voluntary opportunities are being provided to participants with a chance to put their leadership skills into action and develop their confidence in the workplace.

Disability Sport and Recreation is engaged to manage the project and connect with organisations that have been identified as suitable to offer employment opportunities for participants.


AMES Australia

Logo - AMES AustraliaOver a twelve month period the project will work with CALD people with a disability to provide information in the communities’ first languages about how and where to find support from relevant services thereby (i) building people’s capacity to take control and make decisions and choices about their own lives and (ii) increasing the effectiveness of linkages and referrals to support services.


People with disability have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights


Logo for VALiDPeer Action Groups at VALID play a vital role in supporting individuals with disability to build their knowledge skills and confidence to exercise more choice and control in their own lives. Peer support provides empowerment and encouragement for each member to achieve their goals and collective strength to tackle local issues and barriers that limit or constrain personal outcomes. This work has significance that extends well beyond making an NDIS Plan. It creates a strong platform for peer led local community development work under the ILC Framework and can inform wider community planning.


Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)

Logo for Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)Strengthening Sector Resilience: User leadership and capacity building for disability organisations

This project assists community based disability organisations to transition to the ILC by strengthening their user leadership. The project maps and analyses user-leadership resources, including existing leadership and governance programs and resources, and identify recruitment pathways for user leaders. Targeted assistance is being provided to organisations and develop pathways for disability leadership in organisations.


I CAN Network

I CAN Network Traineeship and Leadership Program

Logo for I CAN NetworkThe transition from school to further education, training or employment can be extremely challenging for autistic people who are aged 15 to 24-years-old.

The project strengthens I CAN’s traineeship and leadership program for student autistics aged 15 to 24-years-old.

The project is training 25 autistic speakers, 30 autistic mentors, and building the capacity of around 10 to 20 existing speakers and mentors.


Women with Disabilities Victoria

Logo for Women with Disabilities Victoria‘You Can too’ project supports isolated women with disabilities to enhance their capacity to become more involved in their community. The project identifies and creates opportunities for women with disabilities to take up leadership opportunities across a range of community organisations and mainstream services.

Short videos and resources is being made available on our website, YouTube and other social media platforms. These videos deliver key messages that dispel myths about women with disabilities and highlight pathways that women with disabilities have followed to achieve their goals.


Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)

Logo for Victorian Mental Illness Awareness CouncilThis project involves development and delivery of a leadership program for a group of young people with a lived experience of mental illness/psychosocial disability. The project provides young people with the skills and confidence to take on leadership/advocacy roles with a view to increasing participation of young mental health consumers in mainstream services. VMIAC also support selected Peer Support Groups across the State to develop their capacity to better support mental health consumers during the transition to ILC.


The Attitude Foundation

Logo for The Attitude FoundationMedia with Attitude!

Televised content is extremely powerful and changes thinking, attitudes and behaviour. Building upon the Attitude Foundation’s work in creating powerful and positive content featuring Australians with disability, this project is creating two television episodes as part of its documentary series, with the aim for it to be nationally broadcast. The project is also producing industry guides to support and encourage the media industry to improve its capacity to make inclusive, diverse, interesting and respectful content in relation to disability.


Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Logo for Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)IMHA have been engaged to deliver a peer facilitated self-advocacy program that will build the knowledge, skills and capacity of National Disability Insurance Scheme participants or prospective participants with a psychosocial disability. The program is being undertaken in the North Eastern Melbourne and Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne areas, in partnership with the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and Tandem. It supports participants and prospective participants to self-advocate for their service needs, exercise greater choice and control over their NDIS package and empower them to act on their own behalf in all aspects of their life.


WISE Employment

Logo for WISE EmploymentWISE Ways to Work

The aim of this project is to assist approximately 100 to 130 people with psychosocial disabilities gain the capacity to achieve sustainable employment. This project assists employers to provide responsive working environments for people with psychosocial disability to work productively in. The project will achieve this by integrating a suite of best-practice, evidence-based capacity-building skills-development interventions, combined with tailored job-matching and comprehensive employment support for both the program participants and employers. It also includes a strong focus on peer support, mentoring and co-design and co-delivery of the program.


Specialisterne Centre Australia

Logo for Specialisterne Centre AustraliaDandelion Victoria Talent Lab Program

In 2015, the unemployment rate for people with autism was 31.6%, almost six times the rate of people without disability.

This program provides young Victorians on the autism spectrum opportunities to develop skills they may have in the areas of STEM and Agribusiness in a controlled, friendly and supportive environment. The project runs four 3-week workshops with 10 autistic individuals in each site. The project runs across a mix of regional and metropolitan sites in Victoria, including Geelong.


Australian Network on Disability Ltd. (AND)

Logo for Australian Network on Disability Ltd. (AND)Victorian Employer Enablement Project phase two (VEEP)

VEEP is building the confidence of four large employers to employ people with disability over the course of 2018-19 in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. Employers receive advice, training and resources to build and sustain their capability to hire, retain and promote people with disability. Participating employers are also supported to recruit candidates with disability during the life of the project through a demand-led brokerage model targeting high-quality disability employment service providers. A ‘train the trainer’ disability confidence package is being provided for all Victorian health services.


People with disability participate in and benefit from the same community activities as everyone else

Logo for Volunteering Victoria (in collaboration with Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and Victorian Men’s Sheds Association)Volunteering Victoria (in collaboration with Neighbourhood Houses Victoria)

ALIVE (Ability – Links – Inclusive – Volunteering – Everyday).

In partnership with Volunteering Victoria and Neighbourhood Houses Victoria, training and resources are being developed and delivered, actively involving and engaging with people with disabilities across the Victorian community sector. The project aims to build the capacity of both community and volunteer involving organisations to ensure people with disabilities have greater leadership opportunities and can participate in a variety of community programs.


Arts Access Victoria

Logo for Arts Access VictoriaArtFinder and Connecting the Dots projects

Connecting the Dots aims to build the capacity of arts and cultural sectors to better respond to the interests of people with disability. Through a series of workshops and information sessions, Arts Access Victoria is exploring how the sector can provide inclusive, high quality, cost effective arts programs and events.

Arts Access Victoria is also building upon ArtFinder, an online database assisting people with disability to easily locate accessible arts programs and events for recreation and professional arts practice. ArtFinder gives people access to information about accessible and inclusive arts opportunities that support cultural participation and connection to their local community.


Get Skilled Access

Logo for Get Skilled AccessParks Victoria Accessible Pilot Project

Parks Victoria and Get Skilled Access have joined up to ensure Victoria’s parks are accessible to all of their 106 million visitors per year. Get Skilled Access provide staff working directly with people with disability the tools they need to create an inclusive and enjoyable parks experience through a combination of online resources and face to face workshops to frontline parks staff including park rangers, volunteer coordinators and reception staff.


Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)

Logo for Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)This project builds the skills and capacity of the youth sector in Victoria to enable youth services to be more accessible and inclusive of young people with disability. The project ensures that youth workers better understand and meet the needs of young people with disability, better engage with young people with disability, and offer venues, activities and services that are accessible and inclusive of young people with disability.


Victorian YMCA

Logo for Victorian YMCAThis project directly supports people with disability to build physical literacy, skills and confidence to be active in a range of outdoor recreation settings and open up the great outdoors to people with a disability during the green season.



Leisure Networks

Logo for Leisure NetworksHume City Council, City of Darebin, Cardinia Shire Council

Projects in Colac-Otway, Hume and Darebin is establishing closer links between community sporting clubs/services and people with a disability, with the goal of increasing inclusion in sport and recreation activities.


La Trobe University

Logo for La Trobe UniversityThis project collaborates with La Trobe University, Disability Sport and Recreation and Vicsport developing innovative online resources to design and deliver training modules for organisations to train and support their staff to make sport more inclusive for people with a disability.


Disabled Wintersport Australia

Logo for Disabled Wintersport AustraliaThis project supports the design, development and delivery of programs to build the capacity of partners to respond to the green season demand across the alpine region generated by the accessible alpine accommodation facility at Howmans Gap (Falls Creek) that will require accredited training programs and specialised activity program design and delivery. The accommodation also includes a changing places facility that is removing accessibility barriers and allowing more day visitors with disability to access the sites.


People with disability use and benefit from the same mainstream services as everyone else

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Logo for Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

The project aims to build capability in the family services workforce regarding:

  • better understanding and responding to people with disability
  • working with families to implement behavioural management plans based on the Positive Behaviour Support approach
  • early identification of potential family breakdown
  • referral pathways for parents with disability and parents/carers of children with disability to access the support they need from mainstream, community and disability services


Uniting – Kildonan

Logo for Uniting – KildonanThe Real Estate Institute Victoria and Uniting Kildonan are delivering training to uplift the capability of real estate agents to better respond to the needs of current and prospective tenants with a disability. Training is being rolled out in metro and regional locations and include an online component.


Community Housing Industry Association – Victoria

Logo for Community Housing Industry AssociationCommunity Housing Industry Association is building the capability of the community housing sector to better respond to the needs of current and prospective tenants with a disability through a training package. The training is being rolled out in metro and regional locations.



Logo for WellwaysSupporting access to mainstream housing for people with a psychosocial disability
Wellways Australia is being engaged to deliver a project aimed at increasing accessibility to mainstream housing for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants with a psychosocial disability. The project supports NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability to secure and sustain housing within the private rental and not for profit community managed housing markets. It is being undertaken in the Barwon, North Eastern Melbourne and Central Highlands areas.


Action for More Independence and Dignity in Accommodation (AMIDA)

Logo for Action for More Independence and Dignity in Accommodation (AMIDA)Opening Doors-Renting for all

The Opening Doors-Renting for all project involves a community awareness campaign led by people with disabilities and mental illness to reduce discrimination and challenge negative attitudes that are a barrier to people with a disability obtaining housing.

The project is creating videos and other resources involving people with disabilities sharing their housing aspirations in a way that helps reduce stereotypes and promote positive attitudes with private and social housing providers in Victoria.


RMIT University, Centre for Innovative Justice

Logo for RMIT University, Centre for Innovative JusticeImproving responses to people with cognitive impairment and dual diagnosis in contact with the justice system by recognising rights and removing discrimination.

The Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University is being engaged with the aim of improving responses to people with cognitive impairment and dual diagnosis in contact with the justice system by recognising rights and removing discrimination. This project uses human-centred design approaches to seek and embed the perspectives of people with cognitive impairment and dual diagnosis in contact with the justice system. This includes convening a reference group comprising of justice users to ensure the voices of people with disability are heard, respected and appropriately represented in the development of the online resource. It is intended that the online resource will be openly accessible so that it can be used by a broad range of justice system professionals and staff.


The Victorian Healthcare Association

Disability Action Plans for Health Services

Logo for The Victorian Healthcare AssociationThe project involves developing a disability action plan e-learning module and resources to assist Victorian health services (public hospitals, community health services and multi-purpose services) build their capacity as mainstream service providers to be responsive to the needs of people with disability as consumers and employees. The initiative supports Victorian health services in developing disability action plans that will reduce barriers, promote inclusion and change attitudes and practices. People with disability will experience increased employment, improved access to goods and services resulting in better health outcomes, and increased community inclusion.