How LAC’s – Local Area Coordinators will work

– My name is Toni Van Hamond I am the Director of Stakeholder Relations So I have popped “up a lot in your communities, getting community groups ready, et cetera Before we progress, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land of where we gather today and pay my respect for their elders, to their elders past and present So my presentation today, I bet a lot of you are sitting here thinking, “Okay, so who are our partners?” I can’t tell you We don’t know who our partners are yet The announcement is imminent So if you’re here to hear that you’re going to leave disappointed unless I get a text message Is this working? Yeah Unless I get a text message, I’ve given firm instructions just in case there is any announcements So the NDIS is, it’s really important to understand that the NDIS is more than just the plan Plans are absolutely important, intricate to the success of the scheme but so is increasing and improving community inclusion and that’s not the responsibility alone of the NDIS So today I’m going to talk a little bit about bringing another acronym, the ILC, so the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building I’m going to talk about some work there How the LACs will work within that framework? Again, I can’t tell you who they are, but the announcement is imminent and they have 20% responsibility of working in community and then I’m going to give you a couple of examples and then I’m going to answer questions Hopefully, I’ve presented enough for you to understand that you don’t need to ask me questions So for those of you that come to the community forums or have heard me present before, one of my mottos for my team is that, you know if I can do it, can a person with a disability do it? If not, why not? And how do we change that? It’s not only about community, it’s about the mainstream services It’s about health, it’s about clinical mental health, justice, education, transport and housing, universal access It shouldn’t be with or without a disability, we should be thinking of everybody on an equal platform So that’s my challenge and it’s a big challenge I’ve been involved in the scheme since 2013 And in Barwon, you know we’re coming up to our fifth anniversary, and let me tell you, there is still significant work to be done to have true inclusion We are still having pubs with disability toilet locked We are still having buildings that can’t be accessed We are still having programs that people can’t access Geelong in the Surf Coast we have some of the most beautiful beaches, I’m a little bit biased, but we haven’t got beach access being provided That needs to change but it’s not our responsibility alone So the ILC, Information, Linkages and Capacity Building is part of the NDIS and it’s two parts So we have the plans The individual plans for people with a disability that meet our eligibility criteria And then it’s the information linkages and capacity-building activities that are for all Like I just talked about, they’re for everybody Those people that have a disability Those people that have restricted mobility, et cetera For health conditions, et cetera, we need to have activities that are inclusive for all So the ILC policy So some of these is, it’s trying to set the context for you Part of the ILC is about information linkages and referrals So at the moment, we have some fantastic information, agencies, disability specific, we have council, et cetera, providing information We want to make sure there’s consistent information across Australia, because the NDIS is a national scheme So the way it’s done in Victoria, we want it to be transferable, we want it to be, you know if you cross over to New South Wales or escape for winter into Queensland, that what you see is very like what you get in your hometown, it’s about a consistent practice

Capacity building of mainstream services This is a conversation in its own right Mainstream services are services like health, education, justice, child protection, transport, housing All those areas that, with or without a disability, governments have a responsibility to provide those services We need to ensure that it’s an equal service provision for people with or without a disability Does that make sense? So we need to work with those areas in educating them about universal access No longer should we have a waiting room for people with a disability to the left and everybody else to the right We should be able to have GP practices that allow somebody that has challenging behaviour come to their facility We should be able to have people in a wheelchair get preventive health services the same as you and I do without a wheelchair Does that make sense? Yeah So there’s a lot of work in that space, because many GP practices can’t get somebody onto an examination bed to do something like a pap smear or a prostate examination, so therefore, many people miss out on preventive health We need to work in that space Community awareness capacity building inclusion You know today is a great example and I want to commend the Wyndham Council for including the community and coming to see what is available in your community That’s what it should be like It should be about working together to get people active and interactive and being a sense of a community and Wyndham Council has a community And in that community they have people with a disability and without a disability, their services are for all So we need to increase an understanding of how to not work but how to interact with people with disability How to ensure communication is understood by various levels If there’s an event like this, if somebody was deaf and needed an Auslan interpreter that that is here for you All of those components that the toilets are accessible and that tolerance, tolerance of behaviour that’s a little bit, maybe a little bit different is accepted and understood Demystify people with the mental illness They’re people with an illness and we need to accept them, understand them and support them Individual capacity building Again, that’s very much one of the principles of the scheme, getting people to be able to live a life the way they want to live Local area coordinators are one stream of the ILC policy They have to implement all of the above and also work with council and work with community groups to build inclusion, to build acceptance, to ensure people have the right referral pathways That is a responsibility of the ILC, but not them alone So there is a grants process Now for Victoria, the grants doesn’t start until July next year, but they’ll be work towards that So community groups, councils, et cetera, will have an ability to apply for grants that meet and work within the ILC framework Currently, we’ve had some national ILC grants that have occurred and they’re sort of being rolled out And again, we want them transferable to set the scene so then they can be adopted across the country And in ACT in South Australia I have to check that The ILC jurisdictional grounds, et cetera, or the statewide grants are occurring and we’re starting in July one next year for Victoria So there’s a tool box that I show at the end So if you’re interested, especially if you’re local government, you should start thinking about those opportunities Oh, there you go So New South Wales, South Australia and ACT, July this year And then VIC, TAS, Queensland, Northern Territory, July 1, next year, and then the readiness grants So a lot of the activities, so our great colleagues of Ballard have got some ILC grants

There’s a lot of groups, et cetera, view of readiness, getting people ready for the transition into the scheme But also some really good programs The Ballard have got one with the informed decision making grants That’s ILC grant How do we support people that haven’t got the capacity to make their own decisions valid or working on an ILC project in that area as well So the LAC Partners I’m so hoping to be able to say who they were, but still not been announced by the minister The LAC will work directly with people with disability who in the NDIS plan So they’re eligible and they have an individual plan and they will work with them in getting the plan written, approved and then implemented, so they get their supports from many of the providers that are here today They may be able to provide linkages and supports to those that are ineligible for the scheme and to help connect them into mainstream So remember, hospital, health, community groups, so neighbourhood houses It was great to see the neighbourhood house here today You know linking people in to where other people can access and support those facilities in supporting those participants or those individuals And working with local community to make it more accessible and inclusive So one of the projects that’s occurring in one of our Vic West areas is about working with the cinemas and ensuring that the cinemas are as accessible for all disability types So when there’s a good movie on, people with a disability can attend the cinema So that LAC and a few others are working with the cinema in regards to one of the barriers and actually getting some feedback from people with disability and how can they make that cinema more inclusive Whether it be for hearing, whether it be for wheelchair access or that they have room where people that might have some sort of behaviour, et cetera, having a session once every couple of weeks so they can still attend the theatre Something you and I may take for granted but many people with a disability haven’t had a chance So that’s an example of a project that one of the LAC’s is currently doing in an area that I manage as well So PiTC The NDIS is really good at acronyms, aren’t we? They’ve got a new book So PiTC is I’m about to tell you Partners In The Community is delivering the information linkages and capacity building So my team that looks after our partners We also have a reporting streamed through to the Partners In Community in view of the contracts And also, once the ILC starts, there’ll be a linkage there as well So Partners In The Community, it’s a place-based approach It’s about insuring people with all disabilities have what they need to live an ordinary life and that some of the barriers to that are broken down through education, through changing in policy There’s some work occurring in the Geelong area in regards to employment and businesses And getting recruitment to start including questions and prompts about allowing people with disability to be considered And when they are going through resumes they actually ask some specific questions about disability, so that if there’s barriers to them being included they can be addressed at the interview time So it’s broadening the arrangement of people having or being able to be considered for employment Every local area coordinator partner has to do a Community Capacity Building Plan, a CCBP So the Community Capacity Building Plan has to be submitted within, I think it’s a month of their contract being signed That has to run through me and my team and then through National Office And that’s basically, what are they going to work towards? What are the areas? How are they going to measure outcomes? And I’ll talk a little bit about that as well So that’s a key component, because again, 20% of the partners funding is about the Community Capacity Building, bringing about change in community

And in the early days, I think what we have seen is there’s still that, getting that readiness and those information about what is the NDIA and myth-busting and clarifying, et cetera, will be some of their key responsibilities Look, I’m not going to go through so much This is some of the grants that are currently happening that sort of complements the partner led activities So the national projects, so that a cross-border Then there’s the localised jurisdictional grants and then there’s some discrete projects So the one that I just referred to with valid and sort of a third party assistance for decision making, et cetera, they targeted areas where we know there’s a need So there’s specific projects for specific needs that have been targeted by the agency So people have said, “Well, you’ve got your LAC “and then there’s grants “And you’re going to have them doing one thing “and us doing one thing.” It’s really important that we complement, not compete So that they work with council, they work with community groups and that there’s collaboration So certainly we don’t want overlap and we don’t want something that’s occurring in Victoria that might be occurring in New South Wales We want things that you know, Victoria’s tried, set up something really good Is it transferable across other areas in the country? And yeah, the partners are a connector Not only for people with the plan but for community and for mainstream The mainstream area really has some significant work to occur in that space because there’s a lot of silos in regards to, especially areas like health, et cetera So we need universal, with or without a disability, universal services that people don’t think twice So there’s a lot of work, there’s a lot of education and there’s a lot of politics in regards to getting that worked out The ILC is about outcomes, not so much outputs, but outcomes We want to know the ILC activities how they result in a change for people, a tangible change and a sustainable change, one that can keep going And I know there’s been lots of questions and debate in regards to, that the grants might only be for 12 months, et cetera The projects need to look at how can they be sustained without the funding Because it’s about changing policy, it’s about changing practice, it’s a changing thinking So that’s why the project to the grants are often only for a short period of time, because hopefully, what’s put in place is then embedded into practice and people don’t have to think about it twice So, yeah I don’t want to hear so much about, well, we ran six forums or six workshops It’s about what came about because of those workshops What was the result for a person with a disability or community supporting somebody with the disability or the family It’s the outcomes that we want to hear about, not the output So not so much of the numbers, it’s about the change, the impact I think these five points are really important And this is what we’re wanting to see People with disability are connected and have the information they need to make the decisions and choices Information they need And if they haven’t got the ability to understand that information, they have access to supports to help them understand those They have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and their rights are protected They use and benefit from the same mainstream services as everyone else So that bit of a scenario in regards to GPs and things like that Again, what are those things you access? The same services we want people with a disability to access Universal Not something separate because they’ve got a disability We don’t want separate bowls clubs We don’t want separate activities for children with a disability,

we want them included with So how do we support the footy club to include children with a disability? How do we support the bowls club? How do we support senior citz in including people with a disability? So that’s that point four, the community activities And actively contribute to leading, shaping and influencing their community Giving people with a disability a voice Having them represented on disability advisory councils And again, I want to acknowledge the Wyndham and the Brimbank and Melton counsels that I’ve got to meet and their disability advisory committees If people are doing something for people with a disability, have people with a disability involved in what you’re doing Have them have a say about the ideas that you’re wanting to implement Give them a chance to be active in the development not only of the reciprocal nature of ILC grants So it is about inclusion, it’s about increasing capability of the people with disability but also the community It’s living an ordinary life Again, you keep hearing that from the agency The NDIS is about living an ordinary life And the ILC component or the community component is no different We want people participating in the Men’s Shed, the library, the community house, the aquatic centres, the events at the encore facility We want it to be just a standard practice not something special We want it just to be a standard consideration And again, it still has a long way to go Transport, public transport, trains, trams, buses, they’re not accessible They’re not reliable for us, let alone a person with a disability So they’re the challenges It’s about getting everybody onto an equal platform So I thought I’d include a couple of examples So Golden Plains, this is a Shire in the Vic quest area So as you head towards Ballarat, just on the outskirts of Geelong And they have a weekly LEGO Club and very much targeting, they’ve got a very young population in their community, so they run a regular LEGO clubs So with or without a disability, kids can come and join the LEGO Club So it’s about how they’ve included children and part of that is developing social skills and also their creative skills and that came out through a community consultation Parents of that community said, “Hey, this is what our kids want “but we can’t get it at the moment So they developed this club And I think they’re the Marion I haven’t clarified, but I think that’s what that they are that they’ve made with the Legos There’s also the AllPlay Dance So again, through Deakin University, they’ve also got the all sports program as well So again, supporting clubs and programs about being inclusive and allowing people with disabilities to be part of that So when you get this or if you go on the website I’m told that this AllPlay Dance when you link on that, you should be able to get to a website But if it fails, Google AllPlay Dance Inclusive beaches So again, I think there’s quite a few beaches I’m not sure if there’s any in the Wyndham area in view of the accessible pathways for wheelchairs Not yet But again, Geelong hasn’t either, so it’s something that we need to Many councils, so I know our Surf Coast Council in Vic West have got the wheelchair, the beach wheelchairs that you can hire if you’re there for a day trip, et cetera Again, my vision is that that becomes a norm That all beaches or all local councils that have beaches have an accessible wheelchair for people that come and visit their beach It’ll take time, because it takes money and takes policy and it does take a challenge in regards to changing people’s thinking The Triple A Play, that was a program So it’s again a program, it’s access for all abilities and connecting people with disabilities into sports So for a young person wants to do badminton, I’m trying to think of a sport Then they can get on this website and you can put in badminton in your postcode and that can tell you which clubs

have got that sport available And this program also is working with sporting groups in regards to getting themselves able to include people in the activities Because again, in the early days I had so many people coming to me saying, “Oh, can I have a meeting? “I want to start a group for children “with a disability to do this And my response was, “But why? “Why something separate? “Why can’t you get them included “in what’s happening already? “Oh but, you know, the people don’t, “the staff don’t have an understanding.” or “It’s really hard.” And I’m not saying it’s not But to get inclusion, it is a hard task and we need to work with those clubs so it becomes a part of the norm And this is a really good tool to start considering that So in another five years, if I’m still standing and talking about the agency then hopefully I’m saying that this is a norm That all sporting clubs for all ages have people with disability playing and being included in their activities So this is the, for those that are from community groups or from council that think that, “Oh, I’m interested in doing some ILC grants next year.” This is a bit of a toolkit that is on our website that you can get into Again, it will be on the Wyndham Council’s website I understand this And you should be able to link into this website, but if not, I’ll leave it up there for a minute or so for you to write down And it’s about the things that you need to consider so that you can start thinking as a community group, as a council, as an organisation I think we’ve got something to offer and you can look at what we’re looking at, what the process will be, so that when the grant rounds are open you’re ready to run