What is the National Community Connectors Program?
The National Community Connectors Program (NCCP) was developed for community groups who might need additional support to access the NDIS because of social, cultural and economic barriers.
The four identified communities are:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
- people experiencing psychosocial disabilities and
- ageing parents or carers of people with disability.
What arrangements are in place for the end of the NCCP?
The 12-month NCCP finishes on 30 June 2021.
The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO) started later and have advised the NDIA they will continue delivering supports, so Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders receive a full 12 months of the NCCP.
Most NACCHO Community Connectors will finish on 30 September with the remaining finishing by 30 December 2021.
Community Connectors are working with people with disability and their carers so they are ready to transfer to their local Partner in The Community (PiTC), who will continue to engage and work with them.
Transition arrangements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community connectors are being progressed, ready for 30 September and 30 December 2021.
The NDIA will continue to offer support to NCCP community organisations, to warmly transition people who contact them to their local Partners in the Community who will helping the above cohorts.
The NDIA’s investment in Remote Community Connectors across remote Australia will continue.
Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert announced the expansion of the NCCP, after committing to a $20 million expansion in November 2019.
The NCCP is a 12-month initiative which builds on existing NDIA Community Connector programs such as the Remote Community Connector Program and other initiatives aimed at connecting eligible people with disability and the NDIS.