Creating a voice for the Disability Sector
Creating a voice for the Disability Sector
Grants available for disability conference organisers

Grants available for disability conference organisers

27 January 2022

Disability conference organisers can now apply for a Federal Government grant.

Australia’s Disability Strategy - National Disability Conference Initiative 2022-23 (NDCI) grant opportunities are now open and will close on February 1, 2022. 

The Australian Government has announced a total of $315,000 GST exclusive in 2022–23 for the NDCI, with a maximum of $10,000 GST exclusive available per conference for this grant opportunity.

Organisers of small conferences are encouraged to apply but your conference must be held in the 2022–23 financial year. 

Eligible businesses may apply for grants for disability-related conferences with a national focus planned for 2022–23 to:

  • Assist people with disability with the costs of attending conferences (for example, conference fees, accommodation, travel for domestic participants)
  • Assist family members or carers providing support to a person with disability attending a conference (for example with costs associated with conference fees, accommodation, travel for domestic participants)
  • Facilitate access so that people with disability can participate in conferences (for example, by funding accessible materials, assistive computer devices or software, technology enhancements so people with disability can participate remotely, Auslan interpreters, aids or appliances or other costs of ensuring venue accessibility). The NDCI is a long standing grant program that enables disability conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at their conferences.

If you are interested in this opportunity, visit the NDCI webpage for more information.

The NDCI is delivered as part of the activities supporting the aims in Australia’s Disability Strategy and assists in delivering improved outcomes for people with disability and their carers.

This opportunity provides grants to conference organisers to assist people with disability participate in nationally focused, disability related, conferences held in Australia.

Grants will support eligible conference organisers to provide accessibility measures that will maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at their conference. This in turn supports the vision of Australia’s Disability Strategy.

Funding may not be used for: 

  • Conferences which are not nationally-focused
  • Conferences which are not disability-related
  • A person without disability unless they are a family member or carer who is attending specifically to support a person with disability to participate
  • International travel, international conferences or international participants
  • Presenters/speakers without disability to present at a conference
  • General administrative costs such as advertising, telephone, printing/publishing, staff expenses, catering or venue hire.

More information about Australia’s Disability Strategy – National Disability Conference Initiative 2022–23, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following grant opportunity documents:

Grant Opportunity Guidelines

Questions and Answers

Sample Commonwealth Individualised Grant Agreement

Sample Commonwealth Individualised Grant Agreement Supplementary Terms


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