The Morrison Government, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), is investing $19.6 million to fund innovative projects that will provide greater opportunity for people with disability to participate in work.

Grants under the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program are aimed at building connections between people with disability and the communities they live in.

Mr Pasin said local Naracoorte service provider Limestone Coast Training would receive $33,000 to develop and run a workshop style learning ‘Skills for Work’ program. The ‘Skills for Work’ program will help participants and their families bridge the social and cognitive barriers between supported employment and day options programs, and meaningful employment.

Over the course of 12 months, this course will be delivered to two groups of six people, for the duration of two school terms each.

“This funding will help members of our community living with a disability realise their ambitions of increased participation in the community through engaging in employment,” said Mr Pasin.

“The grant will build the capacity of businesses and organisations to employ people with disability through community engagement, improved resources and training.”

The grant round also supports the work of the Coalition Government’s recently established NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce.

‘Since it was announced in December last year, the taskforce has been delivering changes that open the way for better employment outcomes,’ said Mr Pasin.

“Together, the taskforce and grants are providing more options for people with disability to participate in work and are a reminder of the good work being done to implement Australia’s world leading NDIS.”

Types of projects funded include a community of practice between employers, promotional activities to attract people with disability to roles, events and forums to promote people with disability in workplace settings and creation of workforce inclusion plans.

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