QUEENSLAND LABOR FULFILS COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY

Federal Labor today welcomed the commitment of $1.9million by the Queensland Government to fund a launch site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Queensland.

This is a welcome reversal of the former Queensland LNP Government’s decision to leave Queenslanders with disability out of the NDIS launch phase.

It is also another important milestone in the development of this transformative scheme.

Many Queenslanders have waited their whole lives for the NDIS. The commitment today from the Palaszczuk Government brings the NDIS one step closer for Queenslanders with disability.

It is now incumbent on the Commonwealth Government to work with the Queensland Government and the NDIA to get the launch up and running as soon as possible.

Labor also welcomes the Queensland Government’s commitment to improving housing options for people with disability. This includes:

  • $9 million to build or upgrade accommodation for people with an intellectual or cognitive disability and severely challenging behaviours

  • $6.6 million to continue the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial aimed at assisting elderly parent carers to organise accommodation for an adult son or daughter who have a disability and they can no longer care for them

  • $6 million to build or purchase supported accommodation for people with disability living in inappropriate settings

  • $3.1 million for supported accommodation in Cairns, Townsville, Wynnum and Banyo.

TUESDAY, 14  JULY 2015

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