Queensland to sign up to NDIS
Premier Campbell Newman is set to commit $860 million over four years by signing up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Wednesday. Nine News.PT0M26S http://www.dailylife.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2j6to 620 349 May 8, 2013
Queensland could sign up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme as early as Wednesday after Premier Campbell Newman said he saw ''no impediment'' to his state's participation.
Queensland would follow NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT in striking agreement with the Commonwealth to implement the full scheme. Western Australia and the Northern Territory are the only other jurisdictions yet to sign on to the scheme, now called DisabilityCare Australia.
Speaking at the Queensland Media Club on Tuesday, Mr Newman hinted a deal was near.
''I see no impediment to us signing,'' he said. ''I'm very confident this is going to happen.''
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will visit Brisbane on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Ms Gillard welcomed Premier Newman's comments and ''looks forward to finalising a historic agreement to deliver better disability services for Queensland''.