Lee Nutley, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and aunt Ronlyn Leane.
Lee Nutley, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and aunt Ronlyn Leane. Christopher Chan

Gladstone families have long wait for help from NDIS

GLADSTONE families will have to wait another six years for the benefits of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Last Wednesday, Premier Campbell Newman signed off on the Federal Government's scheme, which will provide financial assistance to people living with a disability.

As part of the agreement, Mr Newman upped the state's current financial commitment to disability services from $900 million to $2 billion by July 2019.

In that same year, the Federal Government will match that figure to support about 97,000 Queenslanders with significant or profound disabilities.

The Federal Government will partly fund the multi-billion-dollar scheme through a 0.5% increase to the existing Medicare levy, taking it to 2% from July 1, 2014.

"For an Australian who is on an average income of say $70,000 a year, they would be asked to contribute around a dollar a day in extra Medicare to create disability care," Ms Gillard said on May 1.

But Gladstone residents living with a disability will not reap the benefits of the scheme until at least 2019.

A Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services representative said the Queensland Government would introduce the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial.

The $15 million trial over three years will provide long term, sustainable living arrangements for adults 30 years and over with a disability who are living with, and being cared for, by their elderly parents.