Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Joint Action Plan

Support for people with a disability to move out of Queensland public health facilities

The Queensland Government developed the Joint Action Plan to assist people with disability who are long-stay patients in Queensland public hospitals and health facilities to move out to community living wherever possible, until mid-2019.  

The Joint Action Plan guides the process to help people with disability who are aged 18 to 65 years to move out of Queensland public health facilities where possible, and prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it rolls out across Queensland.

The Joint Action Plan is a joint initiative of the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, Queensland Health, and the Department of Housing and Public Works.

About the Joint Action Plan

The Joint Action Plan: Transitioning long-stay younger people with disability from Queensland public health facilities describes how the Queensland Government agencies responsible for disability services, health, and housing will work together to support people to move out where possible. Long-stay patients will also take part in person-centred planning of their accommodation and support needs to prepare for the NDIS.

Progress to date

People are supported to transition to community living as resources become available. Since 2013, there have been a total of 147 long-stay younger people with disability supported by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors to transition to community living through the Joint Action Plan. A total of $15.5 million has been allocated in operational funding to support their community living.

Some people were able to return to live with their partners, or with other family members. Others moved into independent units, and some moved into supported accommodation shared with one or two other people with disability.

A total of $7.3 million of capital funding has been allocated to non-government organisations by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors to contribute to the construction of accessible, sustainable and affordable housing for people with high physical and medical support needs.

In 2017-18, further funding of $1 million has been allocated for 10-12 people with disability with medium support needs to transition to community living. Also, 10 people with high physical and medical support needs will be supported to move from public health facilities and residential aged care into newly constructed, fully accessible accommodation.

More information

A fact sheet about the Joint Action Plan (PDF, 346 KB) Joint Action Plan (DOCX, 377 KB) is also available.

You can also visit the NDIS webpage for more information about what we are doing to help people with disability prepare for the NDIS.

Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.