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BUSHkids and Carers Queensland benefit from fast tracked NDIS funding As part of the Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), families within the Central Highlands, Gladstone, Rockhampton and adjacent regions will have access to these services sooner with this week’s successful application announcement. Carers Queensland and BUSHkids will share in more than $23 million in funding to deliver essential services to the families of Flynn as part of the NDIS rollout. Numerous service provider staff will be based within the regions delivering and creating jobs in the provision for essential community services. Federal Member for Flynn, Mr Ken O’Dowd, was excited by the announcement by the Hon. Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services and congratulated the organisations on their successful applications to deliver theses essential services as NDIS Partners in the Community Program. “This is a vital program for the families and carers of our vast region. The program provides funding for community organisations to partner with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to deliver the NDIS in regional areas like ours,” Mr O’Dowd said. “I know Carers Queensland is already advertising for local staff being based in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Emerald while both organisations have experience in assisting people in our community with a disability and children with developmental delay. “What’s even better news is the NDIS roll out date has been brought forward for our region meaning the families needing this assistance will have access to the NDIS sooner than was initially planned. “BUSHkids has been successful in receiving $6.2 million to provide ECEI services while Carers Queensland will receive $17.2 million to provide LAC services as the rollout of the NDIS continues. “This investment in regional Queensland will ensure participants are well supported as they transition into the NDIS. LAC services focus on assisting NDIS participants with plan development, implementation and review while ECEI services deliver outcomes for children and their families through best practice and a family-centred approach. The NDIA will announce future NDIS Partners in the Community Grant Rounds for the remaining service areas in Queensland soon. Information will be made available on the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au

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