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Last week, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released a new version of the Commissioning Framework for the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC). This component of the NDIS receives less media attention than individual packages, but it has a critical role to play in building capacity, in people with disability, mainstream services and the general community.

The Commissioning Framework explains how the ILC will be put into practice, and this version responds to feedback from stakeholders on an earlier draft last year. This is accompanied by program guidelines, an ILC Toolkit and information about how ILC outcomes will be measured. These documents are available on the NDIS website, providing practical guidance to help organisations to plan for their role in the NDIS environment.

The ILC will commence in NSW in July 2018. It is expected that NSW organisations that are successful in attaining a grant through the ILC will be notified in February and March that year.