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 NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is a new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. They regulate the NDIS market and handle complaints about the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. This means there will be changes for...
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The Brisbane Careers in Disability Expo will bring job seekers, disability service providers, job agencies and training organisations together. At the Expo you can find out about a diverse range of jobs available, meet employers and get practical advice about pathways and training. Expressions of...
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The Public Guardian has awarded Brisbane solicitor, Jo Sampford, for her excellence in advocating for clients with disability before the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Jo is a solicitor at Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) and works with clients across Queensland. She won an award for ‘...
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If organisations want to create their preferred futures under the NDIS it is essential that they critically question whether they are creating the future they want. NDS is inviting disability service providers and other stakeholders who are considering providing services under the National...
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Is your workforce NDIS-ready? WorkAbility Queensland and the local workforce action group are taking registrations for the Greater South East Queensland and Employment Marketta events. The Marketta is a vibrant and interactive 'market place' connecting providers to the many commonwealth, state and...
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The Independent Pricing Review undertaken by McKinsey & Company has been released. The report made 25 recommendations all of which have been accepted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Jobs Australia, along with most employers in the sector, National Disability Services (NDS),...
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The NDIS participant portal, myplace, is a secure website for participants or their nominee to view their NDIS plan, request payments and manage services with providers. New NDIS participants can find out how to use the portal by accessing the Participant Portal User Guide. Myplace is a secure...
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Applications are invited for one-off funding up to $5,000, to support events and activities to mark Disability Action Week (9-15 September 2018) or International Day of People with Disability (3 December 2018). In 2018, Disability Community Events Grants aim to support the aims of the Queensland...
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Queensland Government media release Community organisations, schools, sporting clubs and cultural groups can now apply for a share of $150,000 to hold events and activities that celebrate Queenslanders with disability. Minister for Disability Services Coralee O'Rourke today announced applications...
Information for providers and support coordinators The NDIS is offering participants living in Toowoomba and Ipswich areas the opportunity to extend their first NDIS plan by six months. This will assist participants to understand and make better use of their plans and build their capacity to...

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How to Hear Me is a a resource kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities. It was developed by WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association Inc. BROWSE ONLINE: How to Hear Me DOWNLOAD PDF: How to Hear Me
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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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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