The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is making a difference in the lives of 90,000 Queenslanders with disability.
Queenslanders with disability, their families and supporters have worked together for over a decade to ensure that they can access the supports they need to live their day to day life.
QDN supports our members to ensure they have the information they need to help navigate the NDIS including
connecting to Peer Support Groups. We think it’s important that people with disability have the information they need to ensure the NDIS works well for them. We help connect people to information through our different projects. Our systemic advocacy work makes sure people with disability can have a say, give their feedback and make sure Queenslanders with disability are involved in the co-design of future changes to the scheme.
Submissions and consultations
NDIS Year in Review 2021 online member forum
QDN members give collective feedback to policy makers about the NDIS through our regular consultations and submissions. It is essential that the NDIS delivers choice and control and the supports that people need to live their day to day life.
QDN members came together on 13 December 2021 for the Member event “NDIS Year in Review 2021 and the year ahead in 2022”, to reflect on the year that was filled with a range of proposed legislative changes and on the ground issues impacting on the day to day lives of people with disability. This report has been provided to Hon Craig Crawford, Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the important feedback from QDN members is being used to inform critical issues to improve the NDIS for Queenslanders with disability.
NDIS Reforms: Pause, Reset, Co-design Online forum
Over 200 people participated in the NDIS Reforms: pause, reset, co-design forum held on 19 May 2021.
The feedback from forum participants about the NDIS reforms was provided to the Queensland Government and Minister for Seniors and Disability Services in this stewardship role. The forum was hosted by seven partner organisations including Queenslanders with Disability Network, Queenslander Alliance for Mental Health, ADA Australia (ATSIDNQ), National Disability Service, Community Services Industry Alliance, Queensland Advocacy Inc and Parent to Parent Queensland.
Through our consultations, our members have provided input for submissions about:
- QDN Submission to The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Participant Service Guarantee and Other Measures) Bill 2021
- QDN Submission to Proposed NDIS legislative improvements and the Participant Service Guarantee 2021
- QDN Submission to the NDIS Support for Decision Making 2021
- QDN Response to Queensland Productivity Commission review NDIS Market 2021
- QDN Response to JSC on NDIS:NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission 2020
- QDN Response to JSC on NDIS: Independent Assessments 2021
- QDN Submission to NDIA: Annual Price Review 2020
If you would like to take part in a consultation, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch by calling 1300 363 783 or you can send us an email.
From time to time, we take on projects that link to our purpose and mission. These are usually short, focussed pieces of work that specifically relate to important issues raised by members
Targeted outreach project
QDN is working with our project partners QCOSS, ADA Australia and the Queensland Government to help more eligible Queenslanders with disability join the NDIS. The project helps to inform about how the NDIS can give access to much-needed supports. It also provides free and practical individual support to apply for access to the NDIS through the dedicated regional Assessment and Referral Team (ART).
QDN was pleased to be contracted by Brisbane North Primary Healthcare Network to develop a toolkit for General Practitioners (GPs) to assist them in supporting people to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The toolkit contains a range of information for GPs, Allied Health professionals and practice staff with tips to assist in completing access request documentation for patients. This toolkit will assist GPs and Allied Health professionals in the critical role they play in assisting eligible participants to provide evidence of their disability and the functional impacts on their day to day life.
You can find the GP Toolkit here Opens a new window in another website.
“I now have a new wheelchair and access to regular physiotherapy and podiatry services. Since the NDIS I am much more active in the community. I am more mobile, happier and fitter! I also have a clean and tidy house!”