youngsters-249963_1280Real 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.

help-164755_640Queenslanders 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:

  • $9m to build or upgrade accommodation for people with an intellectual or cognitive disability and severely challenging behaviours
  • $6.6m to continue the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial aimed at assisting elderly parent carers to organise accommodation for an adult son or daughter who has a disability and they can no longer care for them
  • $6m to build or purchase supported accommodation for people with disability living in inappropriate settings
  • $3.1m for supported accommodation in Cairns, Townsville, Wynnum and Banyo




July 17, 2015

Queensland NDIS trial site announced!

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 […]
July 16, 2015

NFP Boards Lack Financial Literacy Skills required for the NDIS

The majority of Australian Not for Profit Board Directors do not have the financial literacy skills to meet the changing challenges of the future according to the […]
July 10, 2015

Fresh Futures Market 2015

RCS is proud to be an active contributor in the organisation of this years Fresh Futures Markets connecting people with local resources and support for their future! The market connects attendees with Disability Employment Services, Community Support Services, Volunteering Providers, Post School Options (Education and Training), local businesses and much more. It offers fresh and innovative ideas to assist people planning their futures.
July 9, 2015

Human Services Quality Framework extending to Qld child safety support and community services

  The next phase of quality standards and system for assessing and promoting improvement in the quality of human services is being implemented into the Qld […]