MS Australia welcomes the news that the Bilateral Agreement has been signed between the Australian and Queensland Governments on how the NDIS will be delivered to people with disability in Queensland. The early launch of the NDIS in Queensland commenced on 1 January 2016 in areas of Townsville, Charters Towers and on Palm Island, and this recent announcement pays the way for full scheme roll out from July this year.
It is expected that more than 90,000 Queenslanders with disability will benefit and around 13,000 jobs will be created by the time the scheme is fully rolled out in mid-2019.
This is great news for people with MS in Queensland who have been anticipating the announcement of the roll out for some time, and now have a degree of certainty that will help them plan their lives.
Further information about the NDIS in Queensland, including specific details of the timing of the roll out in specific areas is available from the National Disability Insurance Agency’s website.
Bilateral agreements have now been signed in nearly each state and territory and this recent 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.
MS Australian supports other organisations such as Every Australian Counts in their campaigns to keeping up the pressure to see all bilateral agreements signed, ensuring the NDIS is truly national.
We are also keen to ensure a seamless transition process occurs without any loss of services in the disability, health, community care and aged care sectors. We remain particularly concerned for people aged over 65 who, because of their age, are not eligible to access the NDIS and whose needs must be met through the aged care sector, which, despite recent changes, is not designed to meet disability needs. To be effective reforms are needed to establish key linkages for cross sector collaboration, across government portfolios, linking policy and service areas to produce optimum outcomes for individual, their families and communities to provide sustained support for people with MS living with a disability.
We want to make sure that the unpredictable nature and invisible symptoms of MS are properly understood so that people can be fully supported to live independent lives, regardless of their age.