In The Media | 28 September 2015

Townsville, Charters Towers, Palm Island chosen as NDIS trial sites in north Queensland

About 1,600 north Queenslanders will be able to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme six months before the rest of the state.

People with a disability under the age of 18 in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island will be able to access the scheme from early next year.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, Coralee O’Rourke, said they were ideal early launch sites.

“We need to have that opportunity to actually take people in, test those processes,” she said.

“We know in Queensland we’ve got quite a diverse geographic and demographic makeup.”

Ms O’Rourke said the communities were well prepared.

Source: ABC News