The Inclusion Development Fund (IDF) provides funding to assist eligible education and care services to address a barrier to inclusion that cannot be resolved by support provided by the Victorian Inclusion Agency (VIA). There are four streams of IDF support which have different eligibility criteria, application processes and approved funding purposes. The four streams of support are:
IDF Subsidy for an Additional Educator
IDF Subsidy for Immediate/Time-Limited Support
IDF Subsidy – Family Day Care Top Up
IDF – Innovative Solutions
KU Children's Services is the Inclusion Development Fund Manager (IDF Manager) and they assess all IDF applications for all streams of funding from eligible services.
The purpose of the IDF Manager is to ensure a nationally consistent and equitable application of the IDF eligibility requirements outlined in the Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) guidelines.
Services may apply for funding at any time during the program to provide responsive support to services as they enrol children with additional needs. The approval of any application made to any stream of the IDF is dependent on the availability of funding. The IDF has an annual capped funding allocation which is set each financial year to take into account indexation requirements and other programme parameters.
Contact the VIA office in your region for more details or the IDF Manager directly: