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Rudd Government announces first roll out locations of DisabilityCare Australia in Queensland from July 2016



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Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin

RUDD GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FIRST ROLL OUT LOCATIONS OF DISABILITYCARE AUSTRALIA IN QUEENSLAND FROM JULY 2016

The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin today announced the locations in Queensland that a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would support to be the first to benefit from the roll out of DisabilityCare Australia.

In Queensland these locations are the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Logan, Ipswich, Bundaberg, Townsville and Cairns.

A re-elected Rudd Labor Government would work with the Queensland Government to start DisabilityCare in these locations from July 2016.

The roll out to these locations will benefit around 25,000 people with disability in the first year and 43,000 once fully rolled out. The three large metropolitan areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Logan will be rolled out over a number of years, to allow for the sector to build capacity.

DisabilityCare Australia is already operating in four launch sites around Australia. It will be rolled out in phases in Queensland from July 2016 until it covers the entire state by mid-2019 to support 97,000 Queenslanders with disability.

DisabilityCare Australia will also significantly expand the disability services sector in Queensland, providing new, skilled job opportunities for Australian workers.

Expert advice commissioned by the Rudd Labor Government estimates that DisabilityCare could more than double the disability workforce between now and 2020.

Across Queensland this is expected to create up to 23,000 jobs.

Federal Labor built Medicare. And now Federal Labor is building DisabilityCare.

DisabilityCare will give all Australians the peace of mind that if they or a loved one has a significant and permanent disability, they will get the care and support the need, when they need it.

DisabilityCare Australia will provide more support to people with disability and more choice and control over how they receive that support.

Labor is investing more than $14 billion in addition to existing Commonwealth disability funding to roll out DisabilityCare Australia across the country by 2019.

If the Rudd Labor Government is re-elected, the Commonwealth will contribute around $2.1 billion in 2019-20 to support people with disability in Queensland.

Funding for DisabilityCare Australia is already included in the budget.

BRISBANE 26 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600