Disability Reform Ministerial Council focuses on systems reform

Published Friday, 28 June, 2024 at 05:45 PM

Minister for Child Safety, Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Charis Mullen

  • The Disability Reform Ministerial Council met in Canberra today
  • Ministers discussed the next steps relating to the NDIS Review and Disability Royal Commission, legislative changes and building the broader disability ecosystem
  • The Miles Queensland Government will continue advocating for Queenslanders with disability to achieve better outcomes and greater inclusion and accessibility

Queensland’s Minister for Disability Services Charis Mullen has joined other state and territory ministers at the second Disability Reform Ministerial Council (DRMC) meeting for 2024 in Canberra today.

The Council is continuing its efforts to support Australians with disability.

This includes considering responses to the Independent Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Disability Royal Commission.

Also on the agenda was how best to co-ordinate efforts across the country around the disability reform process.

The Commonwealth also reinforced its commitment to community consultation to inform any approach.

Queensland agreed to continue engaging and working with the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to further the disability reform agenda through 2024.

An immediate focus will be to continue working to finalise the Disability Royal Commission Joint Response for public release.

Queensland will also continue its close engagement with the disability community to ensure the voices of Queenslanders with disability, their families and carers inform the disability reform agenda.

Queensland has committed more than $160 million through its 2024–25 State Budget for a package of disability reforms, as an initial response to recommendations from the Disability Royal Commission and NDIS Review.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability Services Charis Mullen:

“We will always fight for better outcomes for Queenslanders with disability, their carers, families and the wider sector.

“It is vital Queensland has a voice at these meetings to ensure we are working together to deliver for all Australians with disability.

“We are committed to reforming our system and have backed this up with more than $160 million in early funding through this year’s Budget.

“It is important we get these changes right, and that’s why the voices of people with disability must be at the heart of this important reform process.

“We will always listen to them, their families and carers as we work together to improve the system so they can access the supports they need, when they need them.”