On Monday 3rd December the federal government announced the successful recipients of FaHCSIA’s Practical Design Fund. We are pleased to announce that Motivation Australia have been successful and will receive a grant to carry out a project in East Arnhem Land in partnership with ARDS (Aboriginal Resource Development Service) and local groups. This is the beginning of an exploration for Motivation Australia and our partners into what the NDIS will mean for Indigenous Australians with disabilities.
This project builds on our visit in July to East Arnhem Land to assess the feasibility of working with a Community Based Rehabilitation approach in remote Aboriginal communities. The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is intended to “ensure people with disability, wherever they live, receive care and support based on their needs, and have choice and control over this support” and will be introduced in phases starting in July 2013. The FaHCSIA Practical Design Fund is for projects to “identify practical ways to prepare people with disability, their families and carers, the disability sector and workforce for the transition to an NDIS.”