Minister for Disability Services Curtis Pitt today joined people with disabilities, their families, carers and service providers today at a ‘Disabili-Tea’ afternoon tea at the Cerebral Palsy League’s head office in New Farm.
The Disabili-Tea was one of more than 800 being held around Australia as part of the nationwide ‘Every Australian Counts’ campaign.
Every Australian Counts is a campaign for the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to better support Australians with a disability, their carers and their families.
Speaking at the Disabili-Tea at the Cerebral Palsy League, Mr Pitt said the Queensland Government was proud to support the Disabili-Tea initiative.
“These Disabili-Teas are an effective way to draw attention to the Productivity Commission’s proposals for the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme,” he said.
“The Bligh Government welcomed the Productivity Commission’s draft report, Disability Care and Support, as an opportunity to improve the way disability care and support is provided to people with a disability.
“It is of national importance that the long-term needs of people with a disability, their families and carers are comprehensively supported.
“This is why the Queensland Government established a working party and lodged a submission, giving its in-principle support of the proposals of the draft report, which would greatly improve the way disability services are provided throughout Australia.
“The Productivity Commission delivered its final report to the Federal Government on Sunday 31 July, which proposes the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“We will review the final report when it is released by the Australian Government.
“We are doing everything we can to get the best deal for Queenslanders with a disability and we are also ensuring our views help to shape the future of these proposed reforms to the disability sector.”
People with a disability, their families and carers can find information on government supports and services at www.qld.gov.au/disability