$3.2 Billion 

in 2016-17 – Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Budget

8.8% increase

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Seniors Strategy and Elder Abuse Prevention

$8.3M

over four years ($6.9 million new funding and $1.4 million reprioritised) towards Queensland: an age-friendly community.

This will expand current Government services provided for seniors and establish an innovation fund for age-friendly projects.

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Financial Resilience and Inclusion Action Plan

$25M

over four years from 2016-17 has been reprioritised for the Financial Resilience program announced in the 2015-16 Budget.

The program has been redesigned and enhanced, and will include new financial counselling positions, continued emergency relief, further financial literacy initiatives and Good Money shops.

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NDIS state-wide rollout to commence 1 July 2016

The Queensland Government is working closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency and other organisations for a smooth and successful transition to the NDIS from 1 July 2016.

When the NDIS is fully implemented from 1 July 2019, it should support:

  • more than 90,000 Queenslanders with disability
  • 29,450 to 35,950 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs in Queensland’s disability sector (including growth of 15,900 to 19,400 FTE jobs over the three transition years)*
  • about $4 billion of expenditure per year in Queensland, with the Queensland Government contributing $2.035 billion a year.

*Source: National Disability Insurance Agency

Good Money Shops

The Government will partner with Good Shepherd Microfinance and National Australia Bank to pilot Good Money shops on the Gold Coast and in Cairns.

Good Money shops offer safe, affordable and responsible financial services for people on low incomes who cannot access mainstream financial services.

This will help Queenslanders to respond to financial stresses, personal issues and cost of living pressures.