A "bilateral" agreement quite simply means an agreement between two parties. A bilateral agreement is likely to be created when two parties are required to work together to achieve a single outcome - for example, when both parties are financial contributors.
Queensland signed the Bilateral Agreement for the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with the Commonwealth Government. The Bilateral Agreement details the different aspects of Queensland's transition to the NDIS.
It also specifies that Queensland's phased transition will occur on a geographic bases, defined by Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries.
Queenslanders will progressively enter the NDIS as follows.
|Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf||1 July 2016 to 31 January 2017|
|Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays||1 November 2016 to 30 June 2017|
|Toowoomba and west to the borders||1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017|
|Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset||1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017|
|Bundaberg||1 October 2017 to 30 June 2018|
|Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders||1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018|
|Logan and Redlands||1 July 2018 to 31 March 2019|
|Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait||1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019|
|Brisbane suburbs north of Brisbane River||1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019|
|Brisbane suburbs south of Brisbane River||1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019|
|Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg||1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018|
|Gold Coast and Hinterland||1 July 2018 to 31 March 2019|
|Moreton Bay including Strathpine and Caboolture||1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019|
|Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie||1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019|