Brisbane and Gold Coast residents with disability can receive help to join the NDIS

Eligible Queenslanders with disability located in the South East can now receive extra support to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through a specialist Disability Connect and Outreach Program (DCOP).

The Program includes the Assessment and Referral Team, known as ART, and a Targeted Outreach Project.

Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Craig Crawford, launched ART and the Targeted Outreach Project in the Brisbane and the Gold Coast areas via an online forum on Monday 8 November.

The introduction of ART in Brisbane and Gold Coast means more help is available for people wanting to access the NDIS.

The support provided by ART is free and mainly focuses on providing individual support for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • People from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
  • Children and young people engaged in the youth justice system
  • Adults subject to supervision by Community Corrections or prisoners leaving the criminal justice system
  • Students leaving, or have recently left school
  • Students who attend a special school.

To assist in the program’s success, a partnership with Queenslanders with Disability Network has been formed to help outreach to people in these priority groups under the Targeted Outreach Project.

Having helped almost 2,000 people with disability to access the NDIS, the success of ART’s staff lies in their skills in working and collaborating with individuals, and those people who currently support them, to assist in determining the NDIS eligibility and preparing their application. To date, active plans of ART assisted participants are valued at more than $130 million.

If you need help to join the NDIS, or know someone who might, visit the DCOP website or call 1800 569 040.