Disability News

New dates for NDIS roll-out in Ipswich, Bundaberg and Rockhampton regions

May 2017

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced on May 26 the commencement of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be brought forward in Ipswich, Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

The new dates are now:

-              May 29 for the Ipswich region

-              Sept 1 for the Bundaberg region

-              November 1 for the Rockhampton region

See for all dates: https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/QLD.html   

This means that people in these areas who already receive Disability Services state funding and are ready for the NDIS, will now have a shorter wait period to access the NDIS.

Please note that you don’t need to rush your NDIS Plan through for the new commencement dates. We also advise you not to accept a planning meeting with the NDIA unless you are prepared.

For all information on the NDIS and how UnitingCare Community can support you: www.uccommunity.org.au/ndis


Early Childhood Early Intervention approach celebrated at Townsville NDIS launch event

October 2016

The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services and The Hon Coralee O'Rourke, Queensland Minister for Disability Services welcomed the local Townsville community and industry representatives at an information session on Friday to announce the next stage of the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) rollout. As of October 1 the NDIS, which commenced in Townsville earlier this year, extended to all remaining eligible people in Townsville, and to those in the new locations of Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf. 

UnitingCare Queensland Group Executive Integrated Services SEQ Cathy Thomas said the event, held at the Riverway All Abilities Playground in Condon, celebrated the work of the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach which focuses on early intervention for children under six with a developmental delay or disability. “The ECEI approach promotes a focus on individual family-based practice with an emphasis on community and inclusion,” Ms Thomas said. “It is about children having every opportunity to do every day things. With this initiative in place, families with young children can, for the first time, gain access to NDIS supports and services based on their needs to ensure they have the best possible opportunity to maximise their life potential.”

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released the ECEI approach in early 2016 when Uniting Care Community was invited by the NDIA to lead this work in Townsville from April as an Access Partner. Currently UnitingCare Community has a team of Lead Practitioners who have enabled more than 300 families across Townsville and Charters Towers to access the NDIS. Ms Thomas said local Townsville mother of seven, Rachel Emerson, spoke at the event about her experience with UnitingCare Community and the NDIS. “Two of Rachel’s children have NDIS plans and by working with UnitingCare Community, she receives functional assistance for one of her daughters who is now working towards her goal of performing ballet,” Ms Thomas said. 

For more information:

- Early Childhood Early Intervention

- Moving to the NDIS.

Start of the NDIS in Townsville

July 2016

On July 1st the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) officially started its roll-out in Townsville.  On that day the NDIS began activities in Townsville and Charters Towers (for people with a disability under 18 years of age) and Palm Island (for people with a disability under 65 years of age). The NDIS is being introduced in Queensland in stages, because it is a big change and it is important to get it right and make it sustainable. In the upcoming years until 2019 the NDIS will be rolled out over the rest of Queensland.

Lorna Sullivan, Director of UnitingCare Community’s Disability Services, said: “The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a unique opportunity for people with disabilities and families to begin to realise their aspirations.  Our team in Townsville is ready to work in partnership with disabled people and families to explore what is possible in their lives and to assist in pre-planning for the NDIS. UnitingCare Community ensures that all people with disabilities in the Townsville region will have the opportunity to create a better future under the NDIS.”

In Townsville, UnitingCare Community can support you through the whole NDIS process: from preparing for your first meeting with the NDIA to implementing your NDIS plan.  UCC’s services are designed to assist you with family support, early intervention solutions, supported living, preparing for the future, being part of the community, going to school, finding a home, going on holidays and becoming independent.

To find out more about NDIS: please click here

To discuss the services UCC is offering in Townsville, please call our Townsville team directly on 07 4775 9109.

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