Local Area Coordinators announced across Queensland
The Federal Government has announced the Local Area Coordinators (LACs) for the remaining Queensland regions preparing for the rollout of the NDIS.
Late yesterday, Social Services Minister Dan Tehan and his Assistant Minister Jane Prentice confirmed Carers Queensland, APM and Mission Australia will be funded to provide LAC services to people with a disability aged seven and above in regions including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Fraser Coast.
The Benevolent Society, BUSHKids and Mission Australia will support children with developmental delay and disability up to six years of age.
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health CEO Kris Trott welcomed the announcement, which comes just a month before the NDIS rollout commences across many Queensland regions.
“There are major regions in Queensland including Brisbane, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Cairns and Fraser Coast that are all preparing for the rollout of the NDIS from 1 July, with the LACs for those regions announced just yesterday,” Ms Trott said.
“As we know, the LACs are supposed to be in place six months prior to an area starting transition.
“Clearly we’ve missed those targets. These delays have placed increasing pressure on service providers, who have had to fill the gap to ensure Queenslanders with a disability have the assistance they need to make an application and get support through the plan preparation process.
“Many providers have had to step in to this space and help their clients get ready, which has impacted them financially.”
Ms Trott said as many as 75,000 more Queenslanders with a disability could receive a NDIS plan by mid-2019.
“This is the critical time where we’re going to see a majority of Queenslanders with a disability entering into the NDIS.
“We look forward to working constructively with all levels of government to ensure the people who will benefit most from this once-in-a-generation reform get the help and assistance they deserve.”
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LOCAL AREA COORDINATORS IN REMAINING NDIS REGIONS:
- Brisbane south (rollout starting 1 July, 2018) – Carers Queensland
- Brisbane north (rollout starting 1 July 2018) – Carers Queensland
- Logan and Redlands (rollout starting 1 July, 2018) – Carers Queensland
- Gold Coast and Hinterland (rollout starting 1 July, 2018) – Carers Queensland
- Cairns and Far North Queensland (rollout starting 1 July, 2018) – Mission Australia
- Fraser Coast and the Burnett region (rollout starting 1 July, 2018) – APM
- Moreton Bay (rollout starting 1 January, 2019) – Carers Queensland
- Sunshine Coast (rollout starting from 1 January, 2019) – Carers Queensland
Who is the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health?
The QAMH is the peak body for the Community Mental Health Sector in Queensland. Representing more than 140 organisations and stakeholders across the State, the QAMH works with our members to build capacity, promote professionalism in the sector, facilitate innovative partnerships and advocate on behalf of people experiencing mental health issues.
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