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Premier pledges additional funding for NDIS scheme

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

DISABILITY advocates have praised the Queensland Government's turn-around on the National Disability Insurance Scheme after Premier Campbell Newman announced he would follow in the footsteps of his southerly neighbour.

The LNP Government has pledged to increase its disability services funding by $868 million between 2014-2015 and 2018-2019.

As a result, Queensland will contribute $1.77 billion to rolling out the NDIS in Queensland.

But the Federal Government says Mr Newman's announcement is short of funding needed for the long-awaited scheme.

The Newman Government's backflip is in stark contrast to its earlier stance that the Federal Government should entirely fund the NDIS.

The reversal follows the NSW Government's announcement last week it too would sign up to the NDIS.

Mr Newman said in Brisbane his plan would be the biggest single increase in disability funding Australia had ever seen.

"I look forward to the Prime Minister agreeing to the plan so that we can get on with providing better services to people with a disability," he said.

While the NSW Government committed to a 50-50 funding split with the Gillard Government, Mr Newman wants a 56-44 split.

As it stands, Queensland currently spends $959 million per year on specialist disability services, and an additional $200 million per year on associated services.

Activists from the Every Australian Counts campaign said when the Federal Government matched the Queensland Government's funding, there was likely to be $3.5 billion in disability funding for 89,000 Queenslanders.

Topics:  disability, funding, ndis, toowoomba



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