Organisations across regional Victoria are invited to apply for one-off grants to support growth of the NDIS workforce and related services to best meet the needs of Victorians with disability.

The Victorian Regional Readiness Fund (VRRF) helps communities create innovative and place-based responses to workforce and service system challenges as the state transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The Victorian Government has provided $1.3 million to support one-off grants of up to $130,000 each.

  • Applications close 9am AEST Monday 17 June 2019
  • Applications assessed 18-21 June 2019
  • Interviews held (as required) 18-21 June 2019
  • Applicants notified 5 July 2019.

Who can apply

Applications for grants are welcome from not-for-profit organisations, community groups, businesses, higher education and training institutions, local governments and other organisations. Groups of organisations can also apply.

Applicants who can demonstrate one or more of the following are invited to apply:

  • Increasing the capacity and capability of the NDIS workforce to deliver services to people with disability
  • Increasing market presence and strengthening NDIS service delivery models to support the choice and needs of people with disability
  • Delivering specialist and culturally-relevant services to people with disability in areas in Victoria that are currently undersupplied.

About the VRRF

As Victoria transitions to the NDIS, demand for innovative and personalised support is increasing rapidly. It is estimated that Victoria will need to grow its disability workforce by 76% meaning more jobs and more opportunities for career progression. 

Victoria’s rural and regional communities face specific challenges in meeting this demand and each area is unique. Some of these challenges include recruiting enough appropriately qualified and trained staff, managing the workforce and services across small populations and wide geographic areas, and providing staff supervision and access to professional development opportunities.

The VRRF will deliver resources for local communities to drive their own innovative and place-based responses to workforce and service system challenges and opportunities they may see on the ground.

One of the ways the Victorian government is already supporting rural and regional communities is by funding Disability Workforce Innovation Connectors by National Disability Services. DWICs connect and engage with local stakeholders, with particular emphasis on leveraging existing expertise and resources, sharing effective workforce practices and identifying opportunities for innovative and place-based responses to NDIS workforce and service delivery challenges. 

The Victorian Government is investing a total of $26 million to boost and support Victoria’s disability workforce as the state transitions to the NDIS. 

How to apply

For guidelines and an application form, see documents below.

Applicants can request support with applications by emailing Victorian Regional Readiness Fund.

More information

Find out more about Victoria’s investment in its disability workforce on the NDIS Victoria website
 

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