Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island will be the first regions in Queensland to sign up to the NDIS as the Queensland State Government today announced plans to roll out the scheme six months ahead of schedule in North Queensland.
“This type of early launch will inform how we implement the NDIS across Queensland – given Queensland’s unique geography and demographic spread,” said Minister for Disability Services, Coralee O’Rourke.
“The NDIS will bring greater choice and control over how people with disability live their lives and receive support, and I’m pleased we’re delivering that early,” she said.
This early rollout will see people with a disability aged under 18 in Townsville and Charters Towers, and all eligible people with a disability on Palm Island have access to the scheme from early 2016.
Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull said the North Queensland early rollout marked an important step in Queensland’s preparations for the NDIS.
“Today, we are providing early transition to the NDIS, particularly for young people with a disability in Townsville and Charters Towers,” he said.
“I am also very pleased that all eligible Palm Islanders with a disability will also receive early access to the NDIS.
“The Commonwealth Government will continue to work closely with Queensland to deliver full rollout of the NDIS, so that all Queenslanders with disabilities can access its benefits.”
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