On Thursday the 17th of March, the Queensland Government announced that the Bilateral Agreement between the State and Federal Governments to roll out the NDIS in Queensland was signed. The agreement paves the way for the scheme to roll out in Queensland from July this year; with more than 90,000 Queenslanders expected to eventually benefit.
The NDIS is being introduced in stages according to the funding arrangements in the Bilateral Agreement. The expectation is that 15,000 people will enter the scheme in the first year; another 16,000 in the second year and then 60,000 in the final year. The State Government issued this media release to announce this.
People currently receiving support through the Queensland Government will be moving to the NDIS alongside new participants in each area. There will be opportunities for new people who are eligible and need disability support through the NDIS, to submit access requests to the NDIA as phasing occurs in the area they live. People do not need to be registered with Disability Services, or any other Queensland Government department, to participate in the NDIS.
It is great to have this clarity but we also understand that it will be very hard for some people to learn that they have to wait another three years til they get the opportunity to be involved with the NDIS. People who are already receiving services funded under the existing disability support system will continue to do so until the NDIS is fully implemented in their location.
The roll out will occur during the next few years. The rollout is being done through Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries and the key dates and locations below:
1 July 2016
Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf
1 November 2016
Isaac Regional, Mackay Regional, Whitsunday Regional (LGAs)
1 January 2017
Toowoomba area and west to the borders
1 July 2017
Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset LGAs
1 October 2017
1 January 2018
Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders
1 July 2018
Logan City, Redland City, Gold Coast City, Brisbane City, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg LGAs
Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
1 January 2019
Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Moreton Bay (including Strathpine and Caboolture) LGA
To find out more, you could visit the Queensland Department of Communities NDIS website which includes factsheets and FAQs about Queensland’s transition, and the NDIS in Queensland page on the NDIA’s website.
Or the NDIS website or call the NDIA hotline on 1800 800 110. For people with hearing or speech loss call TTY 1800 555 677.
We have uploaded two information sheets, – Frequently Asked Questions and Five things you need to know about the NDIS in Queensland that have been produced by the NDIA to give you more information.
We don’t know yet what this means for the Participant Readiness activities that CRU has been conducting. If there is an impact or a change in our plans we will let you know. In the meantime, we believe it is still important to keep thinking about what you want and clarifying your own goals and plans so that when this opportunity comes you are as ready as you can be.
Please feel free to give us a call if you are concerned and we will help you if we can. We will continue to conduct our NDIS Participant Readiness events – Taking Charge of Change and Making the most of the NDIS.