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    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Funding lifeline recognises Queensland’s selfless carers

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Funding lifeline recognises Queensland’s selfless carers

    One of Queensland’s leading carers’ support agencies is set to continue receiving funding from the Palaszczuk Government as it transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    Disability Services Minister and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke visited Carers Queensland in Townsville today (14 Sept) to announce the extension in the vital funding.

    Mrs O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government has guaranteed Carers Queensland will continue to receive the same level of carer support funding it currently receives until the end of March, 2019.

    “I’m pleased to say we will continue to fund Carers Queensland more than $1.4 million in annual funding, or almost $2.6 million in total funding,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “The funding will be used for carer support services through the delivery of information, education, training, and counselling programs.”

    Mrs O’Rourke said that as Queensland transitions to the NDIS, it was important to ensure that carers continued to be provided with support which is why the government had ensured funding remains the same.

    “The roll out of the NDIS is cause for much excitement and anticipation in the disability sector but it is vital to ensure that as people with disability transition to the NDIS, the current support services continue,” she said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making the transition to the NDIS as smooth as possible, not only for people with a disability but also for their carers and families.

    “Carers Queensland have been doing a great job for a long time now supporting those carers and families and this funding guarantee will ensure that continues.”

    Carers Australia Queensland Chairman Jim Toohey said it welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to funding for unpaid carers in the state.

    “Unpaid carers in Queensland – the frontline responders — who support the frail aged, disabled and those with mental health issues, contribute $8 billion a year in unpaid care for some of the most vulnerable Queenslanders,” Mr Toohey said.

    “With this funding, our organisation can continue to deliver programs which provide material, practical and emotional assistance for carers and we commend the state government for its practical acknowledgement of the role they play.

    "Carers Australia Queensland has offices which deliver these programs throughout the state, recognising that a presence on the ground in the regions makes a real difference and this funding allows us to continue providing Queensland carers with the help they need."

    For more information on the NDIS, visit http://www.ndis.gov.au/ or call the NDIS Hotline on 1800 800 110. For people with hearing or speech loss, call TTY 1800 555 677.

    ENDS

    Media Contact: Benjamin Mulcahy 0419 562 389