State budget boosts support for seniors and people with disability

Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships The Honourable Craig Crawford

The Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $258 million in the 2022-2023 State Budget to support Queensland seniors and people with disability.

And a further $2.08 billion is budgeted for Queensland’s estimated cash contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Minister for Seniors and Disability Services Craig Crawford said the State Budget 2022-2023 focused on building an inclusive state where seniors and people with disability are supported, protected, and connected in the community.

“In this State Budget, the Palaszczuk Government is delivering more jobs, better services and a greater lifestyle for seniors, people with disability, their carers and their families,” Mr Crawford said.

“To support Queensland’s engagement and response to the Disability Royal Commission, the Palaszczuk Government has committed funding of $840,000 over two years from 2023-24 to continue this vital work until 31 December 2024.

“We’re providing $11.4 million over four years to expand Seniors Legal and Support Services including in Ipswich, Logan/Beaudesert and Moreton Bay, and for outreach services to remote locations to meet the growing service demands in these areas.

“We’ve committed $710,000 to support key initiatives to better understand how we can support older people to connect, lead healthy and productive lives, and contribute to Queensland’s future as part of the state’s new senior strategy.

“We want to ensure all Queensland seniors can access support and information to lead full and active lives, that’s why we’re providing funding of $200,000 in 2022-23 to support the delivery of our successful Seniors Expos across the state,” he said.

“The State Budget will help to build a more inclusive Queensland by empowering people with disability and seniors to actively participate in our communities, and by providing equal access to social, cultural and economic opportunities.”

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