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Queensland Government media release

Queenslanders with disability are set to benefit from a record $1.887 billion in the State Budget for disability services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout.

Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the Budget again showed the Palaszczuk Government was putting people first.

“People with disability, their families and carers deserve to live their lives how they choose, and this budget will help to achieve that,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“I’m pleased to say we have increased the disability services budget by more than 10 per cent, meaning more people than ever before will get the support they need.”

NDIS roll-out

“A key part of the budget is $548.9 million to support the rollout of the NDIS, including in Ipswich, Bundaberg and Rockhampton where we have brought transition forward. 

“We have also allocated $8.3 million in 2017-18 to continue our work in partnership with the Australian Government and service providers across the state to get Queenslanders prepared to join the scheme.

“The NDIS will change the lives of people with disability, and support jobs and business opportunities across the state.

“I’m proud to be part of a Government that cares about people with disability and jobs, and we will continue to support the successful roll out of the scheme.”

Other highlights include:

  • $14.8 million for aids, equipment and vehicle modifications to assist people with disability access their community
  • $7 million to support young people with disability leaving school
  • $6.7 million to support young adults with disability leaving the care of the state
  • $1.6 million for people with spinal cord injuries to assist their transition from the Princess Alexandra Hospital into the community
  • $2.2 million to for innovative and sustainable housing for adults with disability when they can no longer be cared for by elderly parents. 

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