Bi-Lateral Agreement

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.

In March 2016, the Queensland Government 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.

In May 2017, the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments agreed to bring forward the rollout of the NDIS for users of existing Queensland Government disability services in the Ipswich, Bundaberg and Rockhampton transition areas.

Queenslanders will progressively enter the NDIS as follows.

Between July 2016 to June 2017
AreaTransition timeframe
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 (May for existing service users) to 31 December 2017
Between July 2017 to June 2018
AreaTransition timeframe
Bundaberg 1 October 2017 (1 September for existing service users) to 30 June 2018
Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders 1 January 2018 (1 November 2017 for existing service users) to 30 June 2018
Between July 2018 to June 2019
AreaTransition timeframe
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

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