440 NDIS grants worth $20,000 up for grabs

DISABILITY and aged care organisations across the Wide Bay have been encouraged to apply for a share of $8.8 million in Transition Assistance Funding to help businesses build their workforce capabilities to effectively operate in the NDIS.

The Australian Government has opened the second round of Transition Assistance Funding with 440 grants, worth up to $20,000 each, currently on offer nationally.

Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said the funding could go a long way in the Wide Bay.

"This funding will go a long way to helping ensure Wide Bay businesses have the tools and capabilities needed to deliver support to NDIS participants, and could help Wide Bay organisations in their early stages of transition," Mr O'Brien said.

The funding can be used for tailored business advice, software upgrades, and other one-on-one supports that will help local businesses to get 'NDIS-ready'.

The objective of the Transition Assistance Funding is to help providers transition to the NDIS while also creating more jobs in the disability and aged care sectors, particularly within regional, rural, and outer metropolitan areas across Australia.

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, recently announced the recipients of the Boosting the Local Care Workforce program's first Transition Assistance Funding.

"An additional 90,000 full-time equivalent employees are required to meet the demand for NDIS services over the next five years, which is why the Government is investing in programs that support providers to transition and develop their workforces," Mr Robert said.

The second round of Transition Assistance Funding is open now and will close at 11pm on Friday, November 8 2019.

More information, including the Funding Opportunity Guidelines, is available on the Community Grants Hub.

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