446 businesses across Australia will share in approximately $9 million of funding from the Government to help their transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This includes up to $1.36 million to businesses in bushfire affected areas.
The successful businesses will receive grants of up to $20,000 each through the second round of the Transition Assistance Funding initiative which is aimed at building a bigger market.
The increase of the market and business available is to ensure NDIS participants are able to have greater choice and control in accessing services.
Transition Assistance Funding can be used by businesses to purchase tailored business advice, software upgrades and other one-on-one support that will help providers enter the NDIS or grow their existing NDIS business.
The first round of the initiative was announced last year and provided around $5.6 million in grants and saw the total number of business supported to 726 across Australia.
Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert says the Australian Government is committed to building a sustainable NDIS provider market to support the needs of participants now and long into the future.
“Transition Assistance Funding grants are designed to help businesses transition to the NDIS while also creating more jobs in the disability sector, particularly in regional, rural and remote areas.”
The second round of Transition Assistance Funding has focused on regional and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander service providers as well as areas where there are service gaps in the NDIS.
Mr Roberts says that this funding is needed to provide the NDIS to participants.
“‘It is vital we support a strong and well-skilled provider market across Australia to deliver the services that NDIS participants need.’
Transition Assistance Funding grants are delivered under the Government’s Boosting the Local Care Workforce initiative. Visit the website at https://blcw.dss.gov.au