The State Government is delivering a $4.5 million funding boost over the next three years to support up to 1,800 school leavers with a disability.
Disability Services Minister Curtis Pitt said the funding will be delivered through the My Future, My Life initiative.
“My Future, My Life will put up to 1,800 young Queenslanders with a disability on the path to a brighter future,” Mr Pitt said.
“The initiative will provide eligible students with assistance to develop a personal support plan for their transition from school to adult life.
“These individual support plans will provide school leavers with practical assistance, support and advice on how to access employment opportunities and further education.
“It could mean assistance with things like career counselling, work experience, help with developing resumes, or assistance with travel arrangements.”
Mr Pitt said leaving school is a milestone in the life of all young people.
“While helping school leavers plan their future is an important issue for all families, it is especially so for those with a son or daughter with a disability,” he said.
“That’s what this initiative is all about – laying the foundations for young people with a disability to lead rich and rewarding lives.”
Mr Pitt said non-government service provider Centacare will deliver the My Future, My Life initiative to up 600 eligible Year 11 and 12 students a year for the next three years.
“Eligible students can apply for up to $1,000 in funding through Centacare in Year 11 and up to $2,000 in Year 12,” he said.
“Centacare will assist these students to access the formal and informal supports that they have identified within their individual plan.
“This is a practical way to give young school leavers the assistance they need to get the best start to their adult life.”
To be eligible for My Future, My Life, students must meet the criteria outlined at http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability.