A new advisory group to oversee Queensland’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will meet today in Brisbane for the first time.

Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said she was thrilled to chair the first Queensland NDIS Transition Advisory Group (QTAG) meeting at Parliament House.

“Queensland’s planning and preparation for the NDIS is entering a new transition and planning phase as we get closer to the implementation of the NDIS from 1 July 2016,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“To ensure we’re as ready as possible, this advisory group will provide feedback and advice on the challenges and questions we encounter throughout the transition phase and launch.

“This important group of representatives from the disability sector will also have a key role in consulting with those who will be directly impacted by this reform – people with disability, their families and carers, and the disability sector.

“This follows on from the extensive work we’ve been doing behind the scenes to ensure we’re ready to implement the NDIS in just 15 months’ time.”

The QTAG is made up of:

  • members of organisations that represent people with disability and carers;
  • providers of specialist disability services and/or networks of such providers, with representation of small, medium and large providers; and
  • members of disability peak bodies.

Mrs O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to establishing a launch site before the roll-out of the NDIS to ensure a more streamlined and effective transition into the full scheme from 1 July 2016.

“We’re working really hard to make up for lost time because the Newman Government did not fund a trial site in Queensland which meant we were the only State and Territory in the country not to do so,” she said.

“The Premier recently secured an agreement from the Commonwealth Government for a discussion about the establishment of an early NDIS launch site for Queensland.

“We are going full steam ahead with our preparations for this launch site, as well as continuing our significant planning for the full scheme implementation, to ensure transition is as seamless as possible.

“The QTAG will be a key source of advice to ensure the voices of the sector representatives, people with disability and their families and carers are heard throughout this process.”

The full list of QTAG members is:

  • Paige Armstrong, CEO, Queenslanders with Disability Network
  • Sharon Boyce, Chair, Queensland Disability Advisory Council
  • Debra Cottrell, CEO, Carers Queensland
  • Margaret Rodgers, Director, Community Resource Unit
  • Maureen Fordyce, Manager, AMPARO Advocacy
  • Amara Bains, CEO, Queensland Alliance for Mental Health
  • Richard Nelson, State Manager, National Disability Services Queensland
  • Peter Selwood, Executive Director, Centacare
  • Linda Apelt, CEO, Montrose Access
  • Angela Tillmanns, CEO, CPL
  • Jennifer Cullen, CEO, Synapse
  • Brett Casey, CEO, Deaf Services Queensland
  • Alan Smith, CEO, AEIOU Foundation
  • Jodi Wolthers, General Manager, Parent to Parent
  • Karni Liddell, Queensland NDIS Champion
  • Belinda Drew, CEO, Community Services Industry Alliance