Real Community Services is thrilled at the Queensland State Government announcement, that they have committed $1.9m to assess the NDIS roll out process with 600 people in rural and regional Queensland.
Although the exact location/s are yet to be announced, it is expected that they will be released over the coming weeks as the Government affirms its commitment to work closely with the health and community service industry to ensure appropriately skilled personnel are available to meet the growth in labour demand expected throughout the social services sector.
“This will finally make the NDIS a national scheme. Every state and Territory is now part of the NDIS”, John Della Bosca, Every Australian Counts campaign Director said.
But not everyone is so confident.
Fairfax media has reported that many consumers were getting nervous as very little information is being made available about the NDIS’s implementation that is set to commence from July 2016, with some consumers voicing concerns the system is potentially too ‘difficult’ to navigate.
Queensland Disability Minister Coralee O’Rourke has not confirmed where the NDIS would begin in Qld, but stated the department was working closely with NDIA to identify an appropriate launch site.
Speculation has commenced regarding Townsville and south east Queensland being the most likely launch sites as the NDIA has offices located in both these regions.
“Despite the NDIS starting in July next year, we still don’t have answers from the Federal Government about how funding available will be used to provide disability housing in Queensland,” Ms O’Rourke said.
Queenslanders with a Disability Network, Chairperson Nigel Webb said the $1.9 million is to help agencies assist people with disabilities ready for the NDIS, presumably in addition to the Queensland Government funding to nine organisations that are currently running “get-ready” sessions for the NDIS.
However, Nation Disability Services stated the funds will enable people with a disability to progressively commence access to reasonable and necessary services as well as fund National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant and provider readiness activities for the launch.
The NDIS Trial Site commitment is in addition to other continuing Disability Services Budgets including: