Budget delivers $12 million funding for local disability services

14 July 2015

People with disability living in the Morayfield State Electorate will benefit from more than $12 million for local disability support services allocated in the 2015-16 State Budget.

State Member for Morayfield, Mark Ryan MP said the funding would be directed towards a range of services such as accommodation and respite, community care, support for school leavers and disability support funding.

“These types of services make a huge difference to the lives of local people with disability and their families and carers,” Mr Ryan said.

“The $12 million in the State Budget for local disability support services is a major commitment for our local community.

“The services help people with disability to live comfortable and meaningful lives and be involved and connected with their communities.

“This funding demonstrates the Queensland Government’s commitment providing the best possible disability and community care services to those people who need them the most.”

The funding includes:

  • Disability Assistance Package – $2,371,184
  • Disability Funding – $2,336,597
  • Resilience Partnership & Innovation – $1,759,413
  • Accommodation And Respite services – $1,598,481
  • Support For School Leavers – $1,535,495
  • Community Care –$ 1,244,365

Mr Ryan said the 2015-16 State Budget included an overall total budget of $1.547 billion for disability services.

“Importantly, this includes funding of almost $2 million for the early launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS),” he said.

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme is one of the most important social reforms of our generation, and one that has been long awaited by people with disability and their families.

“While the Queensland Government is working hard to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to the NDIS, we are equally focused on delivering and improving disability and community care services in Queensland in the lead up to the NDIS.

“I am committed to fighting to ensure that people with a disability, their families and their carers continue to access services they need.”

For more information about disability funding and services in Queensland, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability

Other budget highlights for the Morayfield State Electorate include:

  • Confirmation of funding to install flashing school zone lights at Burpengary State School
  • Confirmation of funding for a trade skills centre and classroom facilities at Caboolture Special School
  • Confirmation of an extension of funding for support services for young people disengaged from mainstream education
  • Confirmation of funding to expand the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Clinic at Morayfield

“Overall, this is a good budget which delivers on the Queensland Government’s commitments to improve frontline services and reduce overall General Government Debt,” Mr Ryan said.