National Disability Strategy - National Disability Conference Initiative 2021 – 2022

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The Department of Social Services is providing grants up to $10,000 for activities delivered has part of the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) 2021-22. The outcomes of the grant program is to provide community-based initiatives and support for people with disability or mental illness and for carers so they can develop their capabilities and actively participate in community and economic life.

Activity Stream 1: Disability Conference Activity (DCA) - The DCA will be a continuation of the existing NDCI program, providing grants of up to $10,000 to enable disability conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at their conferences.

Activity Stream 2: Mainstream Conference Inclusion Activity (MCIA) - This is a new activity stream to provide grants of up to $10,000 to Disabled People’s Organisations or Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) to collaborate with a mainstream conference organiser.


An eligible organisation must be Indigenous Corporation, Company, Cooperative, Incorporated Association, Statutory Entity, Trustee on behalf of a Trust or Unincorporated Association.

Funding under Stream 1 and 2 may be used to:

  • arrange, develop or run disability topics/content/presentations/workshops that will be integrated into a mainstream conference and/or
  • improve accessibility and facilitate inclusion of people with disability so they can participate in mainstream conferences (for example, by funding accessible materials, assistive computer devices or software, technology enhancements so people with disability can participate remotely, Auslan interpreters, aids or appliances or other costs of ensuring venue accessibility) and/or
  • provide assistance to a person presenting disability-related content at a conference with the costs related to attending the conference (for example, conference fees, accommodation, travel (domestic travel only) and if required:
    • provide assistance for family members or carers providing support to a person with disability presenting at a conference (for example, with costs associated with conference fees, accommodation, travel for domestic participants).


For further information and applications visit the Community Grants Hub website here

Applications close 20 January 2021.