The Queensland and Commonwealth government has just signed a general NDIS regulatory agreement that will come into force on July 1, 2020. Full funding agreements in Western Australia, which then joined the national system, are not expected to begin until 2023. The NDIS is now available to all licensed queenslanders. The full programme agreement provides for long-term funding and governance agreements between governments from 1 July 2020. „This agreement puts the disabled Queenslander at the forefront and ensures that our state pays only its fair share of funding, especially as tens of thousands of our residents continue to move to the program.“ We want to maintain the momentum to make NDIS as accessible as possible and to involve more Queenslanders in the program so that they have access to life-changing services and supports. „What is important is that this agreement gives us more certainty about each government`s contributions in the future.“ Queensland now joins the rest of the country, with the exception of the VA, with NDIS working under a comprehensive regulatory agreement to ensure the future of NDIS for all Queenslanders,“ said Robert. „The NDIS is making vital differences with the approximately 50,000 Disabled Queenslanders participating in the program, which is now available in all parts of Queensland. As part of the agreement, Queensland has committed to make firm contributions from the start of the full scheme in 2020-21. This represents an annual value of $2.13 billion in 2020-21, which is indexed annually at least until mid-2028. „I would also like to assure all current NDIS participants and 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 agreement reflects the joint responsibility of the two governments in the national disability insurance system and provides that both governments can make pre-program contributions. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has recently reached an important milestone: Queensland has joined six other states and territories with comprehensive agreements. „As part of the agreement, the state can now access its share of the DCAF and will be reimbursed in kind for services provided by Queensland.“ National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Stuart Robert said the Queensland agreement was a priority for the Morrison government, which aims to bring the NDIS into the world for 500,000 Disabled Australians over the next five years.
„The Queensland Government looks forward to continuing to work with the Commonwealth Government and NDIA on strategic investments to ensure that all Queenslanders can benefit from NDIS in the months and years ahead.