Premier Campbell Newman today announced a historic agreement between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments which committed Queensland to the full National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Visiting Autism Queensland with the Prime Minister and Queensland Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis, Mr Newman said at its very heart the NDIS would deliver better outcomes for people living with a disability, their families and carers.
“I am delighted to have reached an agreement with the Commonwealth about the NDIS that will benefit tens-of-thousands of Queenslanders when it is implemented on 1 July 2019,” Mr Newman said.
“With the Commonwealth clarifying its position about how it will fund its component of the scheme, I am satisfied that Queenslanders with a disability now have certainty, meaning that we can proceed.
“The scheme will revolutionise the way services and care are accessed and will see the largest ever boost to disability funding in Queensland.”
In December 2012, Premier Newman and Minister Davis committed Queensland to an NDIS when they announced an extra $868 million over the five years to 2018–19 for Disability Services.
“The $868 million the State Government announced last December laid the foundation for today’s heads of agreement,” Mr Newman said.
“It is one of the biggest single increases in disability funding this country has ever seen.”
Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis welcomed today’s announcement, saying the leadership shown by the Queensland Government in facilitating the eventual funding model adopted by the Commonwealth meant we could all now get on with the job of implementation.
“The NDIS will provide all eligible Queenslanders with access to a scheme that guarantees lifetime coverage for the costs of reasonable and necessary disability care and support,” Ms Davis said.
“It’s about giving Queenslanders with a disability choice and control over their disability supports, including specialist, mainstream and community supports.”
Minister Davis said she had begun working with disability organisations and representatives across Queensland to prepare for the scheme. She said the project implementation plan would be delivered by December 2014.
[ENDS] 8 May 2013