Making It Our Business

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The NSW Government has established Making It Our Business to assist Aboriginal and ACCOs to maximise the economic opportunities created by the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Making It Our Business (formerly known as Aboriginal Economic Opportunities) will also improve the delivery of culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal people with disability.

Application process

In May 2018, Aboriginal businesses and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO) were invited to apply for grants up to $1 million to enable them to achieve success within the disability sector and improve the delivery of culturally appropriate supports to Aboriginal people with disability.  Applications closed on 30 July 2018.

79 applications were received from 66 businesses, non-government organisations, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, peak bodies and sole traders delivering goods and/or services across a range of NDIS support categories including: allied health, core support services and supported independent living.  Following a competitive tender process, 13 businesses were awarded grants ranging from $28,108 to $671,741.

Successful grants

Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre

Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre was awarded $51,060 to develop its operating system to maintain compliance with the NDIS. The Centre will also conduct an organisational review and will implement a marketing plan to reach more Aboriginal NDIS participants in the Shoalhaven.

Dabba-Malang Yirren

Dabba-Malang Yirren was awarded $28,108 as a sole trader to enter the disability sector within South Western Sydney. Dabba-Malang Yirren will achieve NDIS registration and deliver a range of culturally appropriate services, including support coordination and in home support.

Education Services International Supply Group

Education Services International Supply Group (ESISG) was awarded $243,800 to develop resources and support services to assist young Aboriginal people with disability to engage in work, life and education. ESISG will focus on supporting the transition from school to further education or work in the Illawarra and Murrumbidgee regions.

Galambila

Galambila Aboriginal Health Service was awarded $341,939 to develop an integrated model of support connected to culture and community. Galambila will work in collaboration with Growing Potential to expand the delivery of supports, including early childhood early intervention services to NDIS participants across the Coffs Harbour and Nambucca regions.

Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation

Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) was awarded $671,741 to register as a NDIS provider and to develop a culturally model of care, based on cultural healing, peer support and empowerment. KBHAC will deliver support coordination, social support and skill development to people with disability in the Inner West and Western Sydney.

Koiop Connect

Koiop Connect was awarded $409,925 to register as a Supported Independent Living provider, delivering support to Aboriginal people living with disability. Koiop Connect will work with the local communities in Newcastle and Dubbo to deliver up to five homes.

Koorimunication

Koorimunication was awarded $29,900 to become a registered provider under the NDIS. The grant will assist Koorimunication to develop a culturally appropriate support coordination service on the South Coast, linking Aboriginal NDIS participants to goods and services that will assist them to meet their individual goals and to improve their quality of life.

Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation

Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation was awarded $547,905 to build its business capability to adapt to a market driven scheme and to expand its service offerings. Kurranulla will develop a new service ‘Making Tracks Through Your NDIS Journey’ to help Aboriginal people with disability to maximise their individual potential.

Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council

Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council was awarded $158,000 to develop a culturally appropriate support coordination service in the Western region. The program will link Aboriginal people with disability to goods and services that will assist them to meet their individual goals and to improve their quality of life.

South Coast Women's Health & Welfare Aboriginal Organisation (Waminda)

South Coast Women's Health & Welfare Aboriginal Organisation, known as Waminda, was awarded $255,000 to scale-up existing services to better meet the needs of women and their Aboriginal families living with a disability on the South Coast. The grant will also assist Waminda to build its capacity and create employment for Aboriginal women.

Twofold Aboriginal Corporation

Twofold Aboriginal Corporation was awarded $397,724 to expand the delivery of disability support services to Aboriginal people with disability within the Bega Valley region. Twofold will reach out to local people and support them to get onto the NDIS.

Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation

Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation was awarded $505,714 to expand the delivery of therapeutic and allied health services in the Upper Hunter. Ungooroo will also establish a cafe, creating supported employment for Aboriginal people with disability and develop a support coordination service, linking NDIS participants to the goods and services that will improve their quality of life.

Yerin Aboriginal Health Services Limited

Yerin Aboriginal Health Services Limited was awarded $630,000 to expand its culturally responsive service to Aboriginal people with disability. Yerin will build an NDIS support team to address the gaps that have prevented eligible Aboriginal people with disability from accessing the NDIS.