The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will continue being introduced in the Forde region following the Commonwealth and Queensland governments reaching an agreement on the full rollout of the scheme in Queensland.
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said around 91,000 Queenslanders living with disability and their families will benefit when the NDIS is fully rolled out by July 2019.
“This is tremendous news for people with a disability, their families and carers in my electorate of Forde,” Mr van Manen said.
“Logan and Gold Coast areas will transition to the NDIS by July 1, 2018.”
Mr van Manen said the NDIS was one of the largest policy reforms in Australia’s history.
“Queenslanders living with disability, their families, carers and their service providers will all benefit from it – and from the certainty the full scheme provides,” Mr van Manen said.
“The NDIS represents a significant change for people with disability and the disability services sector, which is why we are introducing the scheme in stages to ensure it is carefully managed.”
The staged roll-out began in January 2016 with early transition in areas of North Queensland, and will continue from July 2016.
Children and young people in Townsville City Local Government Area and Charters Towers Regional Council Local Government Area, along with all eligible participants from Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Local Government Area commenced transition from January 2016.
From 1 July 2016, all remaining eligible children and young people in Townsville and Charters Towers will commence transition as part of the state wide roll-out.
Transition will then be implemented across Queensland on a geographical basis, based on existing Queensland disability sub/regional areas, starting with:
- The remaining Townsville population from October 1, 2016
- Mackay from November 1, 2016
- Toowoomba from January 1, 2017
- Ipswich from July 1, 2017
- Bundaberg from October 1, 2017
- Rockhampton from January 1, 2018
- Beenleigh, Cairns, Brisbane north, Brisbane south, Maryborough and Robina from July 1, 2018
- Caboolture/Strathpine and Maroochydore from January 1, 2019
“This agreement is a huge accomplishment for the people of Queensland and will ensure people with disability have access to the lifetime choice and support they need,” Mr van Manen said.
For more information and further transition details visit www.ndis.gov.au