September 25, 2015

Labor welcomes today’s announcement that the NDIS will launch in parts of Northern Queensland from January 2016.

This is fantastic news for people with disability in Queensland, who were deprived of an NDIS launch site under the previous Newman Government.

It took a Labor Government in Queensland to make this happen.

From next year, young people with a disability aged under 18 in Townsville and Charters Towers, and all eligible people with a disability on Palm Island will start to get access to the NDIS.

Queensland becomes the final state to reach agreement on a launch site. The NDIS is now a truly national scheme.

Labor built the NDIS because for too long, people with disability had been forced to live lives as second class citizens.

Thankfully, this is all set to change.

When the NDIS is fully rolled out, people with disability will get the care and support they need to live the lives they deserve.

The NDIS is due to start rolling out nation-wide from next year.

Already, NSW and Victoria have signed their agreements for the full rollout.

South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are yet to reach agreement with the Commonwealth on the timetable for the full rollout.

Labor calls on the Turnbull Liberal Government to sign these agreements as soon as possible, so people with disability all around Australia know when they will get access to the NDIS.