0

MEDIA RELEASE: Levelling the playing field for Queenslanders with disabilities

youngcare logo

17 March 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Levelling the playing field for Queenslanders with disabilities

Youngcare CEO Samantha Kennerley has congratulated the Queensland and Federal Governments for putting politics aside and reaching a landmark agreement today on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The deal will allow more than 91,000 Queenslanders to access the NDIS from July, with the first funding packages to go to eligible people in Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf; Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays; and Toowoomba and west to the borders.

Mrs Kennerley said Queensland’s disability care sector had been ‘slowly freezing over’ while the State and Federal Governments struggled to reach agreement but today’s announcement was welcome news for people with significant and permanent disabilities as well as their families.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Social Services Minister Christian Porter and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for doing the right thing for Queenslanders and signing this momentous agreement,” Mrs Kennerley said.

“It has been a long process but we are tremendously pleased that young Queenslanders with disabilities have finally got the certainty they deserve, and are now in a position to plan their own future as well as that of their loved ones.

“Importantly, current Queensland disability services will continue as normal while the NDIS rolls out over the next three years.

“It’s particularly encouraging that federal funding for the NDIS will be secured in a new ‘future fund’ to hold the Commonwealth’s contributions of approximately $11.3 billion per year.

“Youngcare knows this guarantee will make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of Queenslanders.”

MEDIA CONTACT:  Anita Jaensch, Sequel PR – 0403 090 911 or 07 3251 8111.

SHARE THIS!
News you might like:
23 July 2015In 2011, Emily Dash received a Youngcare At Home Care Grant to help her live an independent life at home. Since then she has been ...
24 July 2017A message from our partners at VincentsAt VINCENTS one of our core values is to actively build a company environment that contributes ...
2 August 2017Youngcare explores options as NSW project endsYoungcare’s partnership with St. Vincent’s Australia to deliver high care housing ...
The Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge 2017 has been nominated as one of Northern Territory’s best events by industry experts Selected as ...
5 May 2016WHAT’S ON! 28 APRIL - 8 MAY Simpson Desert ChallengeSupport the trekkers by donating and follow the trek with our regular ...
30 August 2016National not-for-profit organisation Youngcare today announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer Anthony Ryan.Mr ...
18 July 2017The Today Show aired Todd and Kat's story'I never thought I’d find somebody like her': How gaining independence led a young man ...
8 March 2017Albany Creek updateWe are thrilled to announce that the Youngcare and MS Queensland Apartments at Albany Creek are on track to be a ...
7 November 2016Brian's storyBrian is a young man who loves living life to the fullest, having people around him and making new friends. If you ...
24 July 2017A place to call ‘home’ in Albany CreekIt’s official! The Albany Creek Apartments are complete and make the perfect home for ...
Categories
Archives

Are you a young person seeking help?

What we do

GET INFO

Get Help

GET INFO

Contact Us

GET INFO

Our Supporters