The Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting all Queenslanders. The 2017-18 Queensland Budget focuses on the sustainability of the disability and community services sectors which support some of our most vulnerable people.
The Budget delivers a record $1.887 billion for disability services.
- $548.9 million for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which continues to be rolled out in Ipswich and extended to Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Gladstone and regions west to the state border. Around 91,000 Queenslanders are expected to receive NDIS-funded support services by the end of 2018-19 when it is fully rolled out
- $1.338 billion for non-NDIS disability services.
The Palaszczuk Government is committed to protecting Queensland’s children and young people, ensuring they are safe from abuse. This Budget delivers $1.11 billion in 2017-18 for child safety and family services.
Building on our already strong commitment in this area, the 2017-18 Budget provides for an increase of 9.8 per cent in child safety and family services funding on last year. This commitment includes an additional $141.8 million over four years to further strengthen Queensland’s child protection system, taking new funding for child safety to $200 million since the 2016-17 Budget.
This includes the $56.8 million package of initiatives announced earlier in 2017 to further support foster carers and respond to critical issues following the release of the Queensland Family and Child Commission’s report into the death of Mason Jet Lee.
This funding supports 292 new front line child safety officers, support officers, team leaders and administrative officers.
Supporting our community services sector
The Budget commits an additional $137.7 million over four years to help eligible community services organisations meet increased wage costs arising from Fair Work Australia’s Equal Remuneration Order. The funding will be allocated on a prioritised basis to community services organisations which support dependent and vulnerable Queenslanders.