Fund­ing boost helps state tran­si­tion to NDIS

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND’S peak body for non-gov­ern­ment dis­abil­ity ser­vices has re­ceived $700,000 in fund­ing to help ser­vice providers tran­si­tion to the National Dis­abil­ity In­surance Scheme.

Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Co­ralee O’Rourke said a fur­ther three years of fund­ing had been al­lo­cated to National Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices (NDS) Queens­land in the 2016–17 State Bud­get.

“The NDIS is the big­gest so­cial re­form in more than 40 years, giv­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­ity the power to de­cide how they ac­cess and re­ceive their sup­ports and to live the life they choose,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“By full implementation in July 2019, dis­abil­ity ser­vices will move from State to Com­mon­wealth re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

She said fund­ing would help de­liver tar­geted ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port ser­vice providers’ tran­si­tion to the scheme and as­sist­ing de­vel­op­ment and implementation of plans.

“These will be de­liv­ered in line with the phased roll­out across the state which means ser­vice providers will re­ceive tai­lored and prac­ti­cal sup­ports as they set up to op­er­ate un­der the scheme,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

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