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Labor makes Townsville one of the first places in Queensland to benefit from DisabilityCare

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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin

Candidate for Herbert Cathy O’Toole


The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin and Labor candidate for Herbert Cathy O’Toole visited the Cerebral Palsy League’s Townsville Service today to talk with local people with disability about Labor’s commitment to support Townsville and Palm Island to be amongst the first locations in Queensland to benefit from the roll out of DisabilityCare Australia.

Minister Macklin said a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would work with the Queensland Government to start DisabilityCare in the Townsville and Palm Island local government areas from July 2016.

“This means around 3,250 people with disability and 1,300 carers in Townsville and Palm Island would benefit from DisabilityCare by mid-2017.

“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.”

Ms O’Toole said local people would celebrate being among the first Queenslanders to benefit from DisabilityCare.

“I have advocated for people with disability and their families in Townsville to be the first to benefit from DisabilityCare in Queensland and I am so pleased that Federal Labor has committed to deliver this.

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

Ms O’Toole said bringing DisabilityCare Australia to Townsville would create new jobs - both in DisabilityCare Australia and the broader disability services sector according to expert analysis received by the Rudd Government.

“To support the roll out, a re-elected Rudd Government would propose a large DisabilityCare regional office be established in Townsville which would employ up to 70 staff.

“And across Townsville, the expansion of the disability service sector could mean up to an extra 900 skilled job opportunities for local workers.”

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

“DisabilityCare will give local people 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.”

The Rudd Labor Government 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.


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