NDIS to roll out in Queensland from July

Commonwealth and Queensland governments have agreed to the full roll out of the NDIS in Queensland, starting from July.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a historic day for people with disability and all Queenslanders, providing certainty and creating jobs.

“The NDIS empowers people with disability to access the supports they need to reach their goals and live the lives they choose,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It will also provide a massive boost to Queensland’s economy, injecting more than $4 billion every year and creating up to 13,000 jobs in a diverse and growing disability sector.

“Many of these jobs will be in regional and remote communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which is great news.

“This is a win-win for all Queenslanders, delivering on an election commitment to support transition to the NDIS and creating jobs.”

 

The NDIS will begin rolling out around Queensland on the following timeline:

From 1 July 2016

Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf

From 1 November 2016

Isaac Regional, Mackay Regional, Whitsunday Regional local government areas

From January 1 2017

Toowoomba area and west to the borders

From 1 July 2017

Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local government areas

From 1 October 2017

Bundaberg local government area

From 1 January 2018

Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the border

From 1 July 2018

Logan City, Redland City, Gold Coast City, Brisbane City, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg local government areas, Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait

From 1 January 2019

Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie Moreton Bay (including Strathpine and Caboolture) local government areas.

 

About 91,000 Queenslanders will receive individual support packages once the scheme is completely rolled out.

This news means it’s just Western Australia and the Northern Territory left to sign their bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth for the full roll out of the NDIS.