In the 2009 State Budget, an additional $414 million was allocated over four years for the continued support of the community sector.
The funding allocation was in response to the Queesland Government's awareness of the various pressures experienced by funded non-government organisations, including those arising from the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission's decision on award rates.
These funds are provided in accordance with the principles and objectives of the Queensland Disability Services Act 2006 or for the provision of community based mental health services.
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In 2009-10, the department was allocated a total of $32.37 million to provide to service providers to maintain critical services for dependent clients and to maximise their services to vulnerable clients.
The allocation of funding for Disability Services is being undertaken in two stages. The first allocated funding of nearly $29 million of the total amount allocated by the department in the second half of 2009. The remainder of the funding is being progressively allocated during the remainder of the year.
- Details of the allocations to non-government service providers in the first stage.
Funding was allocated, on a priority basis, to non-government organisations that provide direct services to highly dependant or vulnerable clients.
The highest priority was to maintain the current level of services for people who are fully supported and dependant on services. For Disability Services this group includes the following services/service types:
- supported accommodation, respite, post school services, young people exiting the care of the State and the newer Community Mental Health programs.
The second priority is to maximise within the available resrouces service to people with a disability who are assisted and vulnerable. For Disability Services this group includes the following services/service types:
- community access, community support, behaviour support, learning and life skills, individual advocacy, day services, case managment and other Community Mental Health Services.
No supplementary funding was allocated where no direct services were delivered or for universal/generic service delivery catering to generally a broad range of clients. This included systemic advocacy, information and referral, workforce development and supporting and planning future support needs.
Non-government organisation questionnaire on use of Supplementary Funding (26 February 2010)
Non-government organisation needing information in relation to the allocation of the supplementary funding can contact their regional Disability Services Community Resource Officer.
Non-government organisations needing information in relation to award changes and the associated impacts are encouraged to access information from:
- Queensland Council of Social Services
- Queensland Services Union or phone 07 3844 5300
- Community Door
- Fair Work Australia
For more information, please see the Government's commitment to sector sustainability.