Disability

Queensland’s per capita spending on support for people with disabilities is lower than any other state or territory. Of the 14,178 people living with a disability on the State Government’s register of need for support, 6,233 (44 per cent) receive no support or funding. QCOSS calls for appropriate levels of funding for disability services to strengthen the available support and the workforce. We address the needs of people with disabilities through our annual state budget submission and take advantage of various other opportunities to advocate to government.

Policy Paper People with Disability
Published: Nov 2009
This policy paper outlines the issues, challenges, systemic disadvantage and barriers to opportunity faced by Queenslanders living with a disability. It outlines QCOSS' policy position in relation to these issues and our recommendations for addressing them.
Media Release NDIS agreement delivers positive future for Queenslanders with disability
Published: Mar 2016
QCOSS has welcomed the agreement by the state and federal governments regarding disability services in Queensland, securing a more certain and empowered future for Queenslanders with disability.
Submission Response to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework
Published: Jul 2015
In April this year, QCOSS welcomed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Draft Framework and the opportunity to provide feedback. QCOSS strongly supports the principles and intent of the NDIS and will work to ensure policy and program design and implementation are inclusive of people who experience poverty and disadvantage.
QCOSS Submission to NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework
Published: Apr 2015
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The Scheme is being progressively rolled out in trial sites around Australia.
Submission Response to the Framework for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building National Disability Insurance Scheme
Published: Apr 2015
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the draft Framework for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the opportunity to provide feedback.
Media Release NDIS plan good news for Queenslanders
Published: May 2013
Today is a great day for Queenslanders with a disability, their families and carers with Premier Newman signing up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Media Release NDIS plan good news for Queensland
Published: Dec 2012
The National Disability Insurance Scheme partnership proposed by the Queensland Government yesterday is good news for people with a disability.