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.