More than 2,600 people with disability will soon be benefitting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Rockhampton area.
The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, will today meet with providers in the region to hear their thoughts and experiences as they prepare for the arrival of the scheme.
“I want to listen to providers and people with disability in Rockhampton and discuss ways we can all work together to ensure the successful roll-out of the NDIS”, Mrs Prentice said.
“It’s expected by this time next year, most eligible people in Rockhampton will have joined the scheme.”
The roundtable event has been organised by the Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry.
“People in Rockhampton are excited to be getting early access to the NDIS, and are looking forward to the life changing services it will provide for people with permanent and significant disability,” Ms Landry said
“By full scheme in July 2019 an estimated 91,000 people in this state will have joined the NDIS, having choice and control over the services they need to lead a full life,” she said.
Rockhampton is one of three regions in Queensland to get earlier access to the NDIS, with the start date being brought forward.
From this November, existing clients of state disability services in the region will have access to the NDIS, and other eligible people will begin to enter the scheme from January 2018.
For more information on when the NDIS is coming to your area, access and eligibility visit www.ndis.gov.au.