Welcome to the Community Door information portal on disability.

Disability touches the lives of many Queenslanders, with close to one in five Queenslanders living with a disability. An estimated 236,200 Queenslanders of all ages have a profound or severe disability. People with a profound or severe disability require assistance in everyday activities, such as self-care, mobility and communication. Providing people with a disability with the support to participate in all domains of life is critical.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will start in Queensland from 1 July 2016 and will be fully implemented by 30 June 2019. The NDIS will transform the way people with disability access disability care and supports, and revolutionise the way disability supports are funded and delivered.

When the roll-out is completed in 2019, around 97,000 Queenslanders with significant or profound disability will have choice and control over the support they receive. The NDIS will also bring exciting opportunities for mainstream services, and the broader community.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information relevant to people with a disability, family and friends, and those working in the disability sector.

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The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) recently released its Restrictive Practices decision-making policy and framework , to explain to service providers how the Public Guardian makes decisions about Short Term Approvals and other decisions relating to Restrictive Practices for its Guardianship...
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is about improving services for people with disability and building inclusive communities that will be better for everyone. Genuine and meaningful community inclusion, which will optimise the social and economic independence and full participation of...
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Tickets are on sale for South Australia Council of Social Service's (SACOSS) Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018 to be held on 14 May 2018. Everyone has a right to affordable and equitable access to essential services such as energy, water, telecommunications and...
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Information about the NDIS and the business opportunities it's creating is now available on Business Queensland - the state's website which provides information and tools to help people start, run or invest in business in Queensland. Under service industries, it includes information about the...
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Costing and pricing skill and knowledge is a key area for providers to improve business practices to operate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) environment. Together with Curtin University NFP Initiative, NDS has developed a practical and integrated Costing and Pricing Learning...
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The Australian Network for Universal Housing Design (ANUHD) has released a survey to identify the difficulties in finding livable housing. The Liveable housing design: the costs and benefits to Australian society survey will help to identify: the difficulties in finding livable housing the cost and...
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Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) invites you to join them for My Housing Matters - Imagine the home you want to live in. Explore the pros and cons of options currently available in the private and public housing sectors. The workshop includes: Practical, hands on workshop for people with...
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The National Disability Services (NDS) released their flagship report the State of Disability Sector Report 2017 in early December. Alongside the report they have developed a helpful factsheet with key statistics from the report. The report is based on responses from more than 500 disability...
Join experienced staff from the National Disability Insurance Agency to learn more about accessing the NDIS and the types of support that will be available for people living with disability, their families and carers. Cairns Cairns Regional Council, Civic Reception Room, 119-145 Spence Street,...
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A new campaign has been launched to get more Australians volunteering in the disability sector to help meet the surging demand for disability workers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Volunteer For Disability is a new campaign created by leading disability services organisation...

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Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc – have developed their YFS Service Delivery Handbook , published in 2012, which they would like to share with the Sector. Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc. (YFS) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, providing planned, innovative...
The Complex Communication Needs booklet was produced in an acknowledgement of the impact that skilled communication partners can have on the success of communication. It aims to share information about what the term "complex communication needs" means, the perspectives of some people with complex...
Ramp Up in the ABC's new online destination for news, discussion, debate and humour for everyone in Australia's disability communities. Whether you live with a disability, are a friend or family member of someone with a disability, work in the sector or just want to get a better picture, this is a...

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Peter Kenyon
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Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well...

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Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

It’s uncomfortable, complex, frustrating and is the origin of many of our struggles. Change - it is something that we all experience daily but don’t necessarily embrace. In the community services sector, change is something that we are accustomed to in our work places. It is a process that can...

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