What is the Industry Development Fund?

In the 2009-10 State Budget, the NSW Government allocated funding for an Industry Development Fund (IDF) for the disability services sector. The purpose of the IDF is to direct investment towards initiatives that support the transition of non-government disability service providers to the new policy and service delivery environment. The IDF strives to build a service system that achieves high quality, person-centred outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers in NSW.  To read the Minister's Message, click here

The Directions for Industry Development – Final Report, released on 30 June 2010, outlined six areas of focus for industry development in NSW:

  1. People with disability are at the centre of service delivery;
  2. People with disability have access to the information and range of supports they need to live the lives they choose;
  3. High-performing organisations achieve real outcomes for people with disability;
  4. Planning is robust, and resource allocation decisions are based on accurate data and evidence;
  5. Governance, leadership and management of the sector are effective; and
  6. The workforce is skilled, capable and focused on people with disability.

In 2014, ADHC engaged the Nucleus Group to undertake a review of the IDF. The review found that the IDF has played an important role for the disability sector, and has not only supported the sector to engage with a variety of projects and initiatives, but has also raised awareness of the changes and wider reforms impacting on the sector. Through the IDF, the disability sector in NSW has achieved a greater level of readiness for the full roll out of the NDIS. Read the summary report of the IDF review here.

To access Industry Development Fund resources and tools, contact the Sector Support Team.

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The Industry Development Fund is delivered by National Disability Services on behalf of Family & Community Services: Ageing, Disability & Home Care.