“We want to maintain the momentum to make NDIS as accessible as possible and to integrate more Queenslanders into the programme so they have access to life-changing services and supports.” This agreement puts Queenslanders with disabilities first and ensures that our state only pays its fair share of funding, especially as tens of thousands of our residents continue to move to the program. “Queensland now joins the rest of the country, with the exception of WA, with NDIS working under a comprehensive programme agreement and securing the future of NDIS for all Queenslanders,” said Robert. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recently reached an important milestone when Queensland joined six other states and territories with comprehensive systemic agreements. This agreement reflects the shared responsibility of both governments under the national disability insurance scheme and provides that both governments may continue to make pre-financing contributions to the scheme. “I would also like to assure all current NDIS participants and all those involved in the program that today`s agreement will not affect their plans and that they will continue to receive ongoing support,” said Minister Robert. “The NDIS is a life-changing for the approximately 50,000 Queenslanders with disabilities who participate in the programme which is now available in all parts of Queensland.” Under the agreement, the state can now access its stake in DCAF and must be reimbursed in kind for services provided by Queensland. “The Queensland and Commonwealth governments signed an agreement on the full NDIS programme, which was signed on 1St Effective 1st July 2020. As part of the agreement, Queensland has committed to pay fixed contributions from the start of full Scheme agreements in 2020-21. It includes an annual value of $2.13 billion in 2020-21, which is indexed annually until at least mid-2028.
The NDIS is now available to all eligible Queenslanders. The full agreement on the programme will prevail from 1 July 2020 over the long-term funding and governance agreements between governments. Full financial arrangements in Western Australia, which subsequently joined the national programme, are not expected to start until 2023. National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Stuart Robert said the Queensland deal was the Morrison government`s priority to provide NDIS to around 500,000 Australians with NDIS disabilities over the next five years. “What`s important is that this agreement gives us more security over each government`s funding in the future.” This is a great day for Queenslanders. This means they can be sure that the NDIS will be there to support them if they need it now and in the future,” said Minister Robert. The Queensland Government looks forward to continuing to work with the Commonwealth Government and the NDIA on strategic investments to ensure that all Queenslanders can benefit from NDIS in the months and years to come. . . .