The first round of funding under the Innovative Workforce Fund is set to open on 6 March 2017.
The initiative aims to stimulate and disseminate new, more efficient and effective ways for the disability support sector to engage, develop and utilise the workforce to meet the needs of NDIS participants.
Caroline Alcorso, national manager of workforce development of National Disability Services, which has been appointed to manage the IWF, told Pro Bono News the initiative was not limited to NDS members or disability organisations.
“The scope of the funding is very broad in terms of eligibility so anyone can apply,” Alcorso said.
“It is certainly not intended to be just for established providers, it is meant to be for anybody, for individuals, for researchers, for people who are the cutting edge of experimentation of other areas.
“We know there is a lot of digital experimentation going on in today’s world and there might be people wanting to apply that to disability.
“So we’re looking to see what can come in from outside, from what might be thought of as outside the traditional disability sector as well as what ideas people are coming up with from established providers. I expect it will be a real mix.”
Alcorso said they would be looking for ideas that showed innovation.
“I guess it is an innovative workforce fund so the emphasis understandably is on the innovation, the novelty, what new contribution is being made,” she said…(continues)
SOURCE: Wendy Williams, “Innovative Workforce Fund Open to Anyone”, Pro Bono Australia, 27 Feb 2017
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