The Coalition Government has delivered certainty to people with disability, carers, families and their advocates in Forde by extending funding for a range of programmes transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Member for Forde, Bert van Manen said the Government’s priority is to ensure continuity of services to families and carers as the transition to the NDIS begins.
“Families, carers and children will continue receiving quality care and services as there will be no interruption as programmes migrate to the NDIS,” he said.
Mr van Manen said the Government has extended funding for UnitingCare Community (Lifeline Community Care QLD) located at the Beenleigh Special School to deliver services under the Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability (OTD)
“This programme provides flexible care to students aged 12 to 18, which can include time before school, after school and during holidays.”
“The funding extension in our local community is part of a $ 1,467,396.68 boost from the Government to providers under the OTD programme across Queensland.”
Mr van Manen said the funding will allow for current service arrangements to continue through to 30 June 2016.
“This funding extension is good news for people with disability and carers in Forde, who will be able to continue to access these services as we rollout the NDIS across the country, “he said.
Mr van Manen said the funding extension in Forde was part of a broader Government decision to provide certainty to Australians who access these services.
“The Abbott Government is committed to ensuring a better deal for people with disability and their carers through the rollout of the NDIS, but in the meantime we are working to ensure vital services are continuing to be delivered to those who need them,” he said.