Queensland NDIS Update #27

Promoting jobs in the disability sector

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) officially started in Queensland on 1 July 2016 signalling the beginning of a new era in disability services and huge opportunity for new workers to join the sector.

With the NDIS expected to create between 15,900 and 19,400 new jobs across the state, Queensland Government is supporting the non-government sector to raise awareness of these job opportunities.

A new video has been launched where people talk about their journey and experiences of working in the disability sector - including the range of jobs, flexible working hours and the life experiences they bring to their work.

You can watch the video and share it with your family, friends, colleagues or anyone you think might be interested in these opportunities, through social media.

More information:


ABC: First family in Queensland to get NDIS funding says it is making a big difference

Posted 15 Apr 2016, 11:21am


The first family in Queensland to receive National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding says the money is helping them cope with their daily "chaos".

Townsville mother Deborah Dooley has four children with disabilities.

Her 8-year-old son, who has autism, is the first in the state to secure a funding package.

Ms Dooley said the funding had enabled the family to engage support workers this week to get everyone out of the house and off to school.


A Home for Life

Thinking about the future for our relatives with disability involves “whole-of-life” planning, and included in this is the big question around where our relative lives - especially when we are no longer here.

There is no quick or easy answer to this but something that can and needs to be worked through. To most of us our home is our sanctuary, where we have a sense of ownership, privacy, retreat, security and belonging. People generally want their own space; they want their own castle and want to be able to invite friends over just like anybody else. 

When thinking about this big question you need to start with the person first rather than with the bricks and mortar, at least initially. Planning for a home is more than just finding a place to live, but rather it is planning for a person to live a fulfilling and meaningful life in their own home and within a community that will be theirs. There is much to consider in the establishment of a home that really is a home for your family member with a disability and getting this right certainly does require a lot of work.

Announcing Disability Law Queensland (DLQ)

For over 10 years Mamre Association, via Pave the Way, has offered legal services to families who have children with disability. These legal services are delivered through the provision of workshops, legal information and resources.

Pave the Way’s view is that the law provides tools to assist families to safeguard their vision and their goals for their loved ones with disability.

A recent paper that was the result of a joint project of the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland and the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Queensland University of Technology ‘Journeying into the Future: Parents’ Succession Planning for their Adult Children with Cognitive Impairment’ reported that many families do not access legal services for succession planning because they have not been able to find a trusted professional who has knowledge of disability and the disability sector and also because of the costs associated with obtaining this type of assistance.

We are now excited to announce that Mamre has responded to the experience of families and invested in the development of a new legal service – Disability Law Queensland.

Pave the Way and the National Disability Insurance Scheme

It has been a long wait for all of us but we are now able to share with you the outcome of Pave the Way’s recent application for funding under the Queensland Governments’ National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Participant Readiness project.The NDIS Participant Readiness project aims to provide information and resources to individuals with disability and their families to prepare them for the roll-out of the NDIS in Queensland, which will commence in July 2016 and is expected to be fully implemented by July 2019.