Rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is well and truly underway across the Brisbane region.
Carers Queensland is the official National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) partner in the community for Brisbane, and is responsible for Local Area Coordination (LAC) of the scheme locally.
Carers Queensland Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community General Manager Jocelyn Wills, speaking at the inaugural Care Expo event at the Brisbane Convention Centre recently, said that Carers Queensland could be thought of as the ‘gateway to the NDIS’ here in Brisbane.
“The Local Area Coordination program has two main responsibilities. Firstly, working with and supporting people with disabilities and their families to undertake individual planning conversations for their NDIS plans and help to bring those plans to life.”
“The second is to work with the whole of Australian society to make it more inclusive of people with disability,” she said. She also highlighted the important community based work that Carers Queensland staff were undertaking across Brisbane.
“We have teams of community development Local Area Coordination working with communities to build and improve capacity to respond to the needs of people with disability.”
“We also provide community education and awareness sessions about what the NDIS is, how people can access the NDIS if they’re eligible, and can provide practical support to people to understand if the NDIS is something that may benefit them.”
Planning conversations have begun with approved scheme participants from across Brisbane at several new Carers Queensland offices, dedicated to ensuring the successful and timely roll out of the scheme in the local area.
Working from the Care Expo a few weeks ago, Carers Queensland Community Development staff worked closely with over 475 members of the public seeking information about accessing the NDIS.
Workshop events will continue around Brisbane in the coming months, with information provided about accessing the NDIS and preparing people for their initial planning conversation.
All event information can be found on the NDIS website, NDIS Facebook and Eventbrite.