Carers Queensland is the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination, Partners in the Community service provider for five new service areas in Queensland.
The announcement was made on 31 May 2018 by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and builds on the organisation’s success in delivering NDIS services in Ipswich, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.
As a result, Carers Queensland will be partnering with the NDIS to deliver the Local Area Coordinator (LAC) Partners in the Community Program (PITC) in the Brisbane North & South, Beenleigh, Robina, Caboolture / Strathpine and Maroochydore Service Areas.
Jim Toohey, President of Carers Queensland said he was pleased with the announcement and explained the organisation’s interest to continue to provide NDIS services across Queensland and what this implies.
“We believe the NDIS is a positive change for Australians, people with disability and caring families and we think it’s beneficial to bring our experience with carers, to work alongside the NDIS and contribute towards a better quality service,” Mr. Toohey said.
“We understand that the progress towards the full scheme rollout is a journey, and that the best outcomes can be found if we work together,” he added.
The NDIS LAC PITC program enables the scheme to be implemented at a local community level.
As a NDIS LAC Partner, Carers Queensland has been working with people with disabilities, their families and carers, to understand their needs and help them connect with the services to support them to reach their goals.
“This is a historic time for Carers Queensland,” Mr. Toohey said.
“I’m very proud of the incredible work that has been undertaken by all of the staff in all of our programs and corporate services which has taken us to where we are,” he said.
“We work within and value our local community. We believe that supporting the unmet needs of people with disability directly supports those who care for them, and in turn their families and the broader community,” he said.