NDIS Agreement Reached for Queensland Rollout

Queenslanders with disability have certainty about their futures and how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out across the state, now that the Bilateral Agreement has been signed by the State and Federal Governments

The agreement paves the way for the scheme to roll out in Queensland from July this year, with more than 90,000 Queenslanders with disability expected to benefit and around 13,000 jobs to be created by mid- 2019.

The Bilateral Agreement details the three-year rollout of the NDIS across the State, including:

July 2016 to June 2017:

  • Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf
  • Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays
  • Toowoomba and west to the borders;

July 2017 to June 2018:

  • Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset
  • Bundaberg
  • Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders, and

July 2018 to June 2019:

  • Logan and Redlands
  • Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
  • Brisbane suburbs north of Brisbane River
  • Brisbane suburbs south of Brisbane River
  • Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg
  • Gold Coast and Hinterland
  • Moreton Bay including Strathpine and Caboolture
  • Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie

 

Queensland Rail Text Messaging Service for Customers with Disabilities

If you are deaf or have a hearing impairment, Queensland Rail provides a 24/7 text messaging service should you require assistance or find yourself in an emergency situation.

By sending an SMS to 0428 774 636, you can contact a Queensland Rail Passenger Service Officer to obtain train and platform assistance (including lift outages), station accessibility or timetable information, and seek help during an emergency. A Customer Service Officer will respond promptly to requests 24 hours a day, a days a week.

In an emergency or if you have a disability and require assistance, you can also contact Queensland Rail via the disability assistance and emergency help phone installed at all stations and in some car parks. By pressing the intercom button customers can directly access assistance. At many stations the console will be situated on the platform within the area covered by the hearing loop, and will have raised text, pictograms and Braille to assist people with a sensory impairment.

 

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