Prior to applying for IDF Innovative Solutions Support, a service must complete a Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP) in collaboration with the IA. The SIP is a component of the application for funding. Further information must be outlined in a proposal for funding which has been reviewed by their IA, to the IDF Manager. This includes:

  • The inclusion barrier, including a description of the child/children the barrier is associated with, and why funding is needed to address this. This inclusion barrier must be identified in the SIP as evidence that funding for the required purpose is not available elsewhere;
  • An overview of the intended outcome of funding, including estimated timeframes and milestones;
  • Financial quotes to support the total value of funding being sought, inclusive of GST; and
  • The timeframe of the project and total funding amount sought and budget breakdown for goods and services to be funded.

Services eligible to apply for IDF Innovative Solutions Support are:

  • Long Day Care services
  • Outside School Hours Care services, including Vacation Care services
  • Family Day Care services
  • Occasional Care services
  • Mobile Services
  • Budget Based Funded Programme services
 

A service may be seeking to include children from the local community or specific children from the following cohorts:

  • Children with disability including those undergoing assessment for disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • Children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • Children from a refugee or humanitarian background
  • Children with serious medical condition/s
  • Children presenting with language and speech delays
  • Children presenting with disruptive behaviour


Where a service has identified a barrier to inclusion that cannot be addressed by the support provided by the IA, or other forms of IDF subsidy, the service may be eligible to apply for Innovative Solutions Support.

Services should complete a Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP) in collaboration with thier IA:

  • If the development of a SIP identifies a barrier or inclusion barriers for which additional funding support would not assist in addressing the inclusion barrier, the service may submit an application under the IDF Innovative Solutions Support.
  • Services complete their SIP online through the Inclusion Support Portal (IS Portal). Where a service does not have the necessary infrastructure to support the IS Portal, a paper-based SIP is available through the IA.
  • Different sections of the SIP are required to be completed depending on whether the application for Innovative Solutions relates to a particular care environment or the whole service.

Please note: If the application relates to a particular care environment, the service should identify IDF funding as an inclusion strategy in the SIP.

Establishing the need for IDF Subsidy

Completing an application

Step 1: Create an Innovative Solutions Case on the portal

Select a start and end date and the expected duration of the project. Identify the CCB approval ID and the care environment name if applicable.

Step 2: Case detail information

Provide a short description of the innovative solutions support project. Information in this section must include:

  • A funding proposal outlining the inclusion barrier/s and why funding is needed to address it;
  • A description of the support project and the intended outcome of the project;
  • The number of children with additional needs enrolled at the service and all cohorts of children that the funding proposal will assist; and
  • A budget of items for the project providing individual line items as described in their quote.

Step 3: Authorised personnel

The contact details of the authorised personnel who can be contacted at the service regarding the Innovative Solutions Support case must be added. This can include more than one authorised personnel.

Step 4: Notes

Notes can be added to an Innovative Solutions Case by the service, IA and IDF Manager. Notes are not mandatory however; they can assist communication between the service, IA and IDF Manager.

Step 5: Attachments

Services must attach at least one quote for goods and services to support their funding proposal to their Innovative Solutions Support Case. The Attachments section of the IS Portal will also allow services to view attachments relating to their Innovative Solutions Support case, including their Letter of Offer.

Submitting an application

Step 6: Endorsement

The IA must endorse the Innovative Solutions Case before submitting it to the IDF Manager for assessment. The IA may seek additional information from the service. This may occur through adding a ‘Service Action Required’ note to the case stating what the additional information is. The IA will be able to indicate if the outcome is routine or urgent, taking into consideration the service’s indication.

Step 7: Outcome

The IDF Manager will assess the information in the Innovative Solutions Support Case. If the case relates to a particular care environment, they will also review the relevant Inclusion Profile and Barriers/Strategies associated with the care environment on the SIP.

The IDF Manager may seek additional information from the service. This will occur through adding a ‘Service Action Required’ note to the IS Case stating what the additional information is. The service will receive notification to log into the IS Portal to view the note and provide the information required. The IS Case is required to be resubmitted, however the IDF Manager will monitor IS Cases previously assessed and prioritise when the IS Case is resubmitted.

Outcome

If funding is approved

The service will receive an email with a Letter of Offer attached, providing the details of their approved Innovative Solutions Case. This will be sent to the Organisation Email on the primary CCB Approval ID. This letter must be signed and returned to the IDF Manager at idfm@ku.com.au. Once the agreement is executed, payment will be made directly to the service from the Department.

If funding is not approved

The service will receive an email with an Application Declined letter attached. This will be sent to the Organisation Email on the primary CCB Approval ID. The outcome of the assessment will be available as an ‘Assessment Outcome’ note on the IS Case.