Queenslanders encouraged to embrace and empower people with a disability

COMMUNITY and non-government organisations are being encouraged to apply for a share in $150,000 to promote the abilities of all Queenslanders during Disability Action Week and International Day of People with Disability.

Launching the 2017 Disability Community Events Grants today, Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the funding would be for celebrations that empower people with disability, raise awareness of disability issues, and improve access and inclusion throughout the community.

“These grants are all about recognising the significant contributions of people with disability, and emphasizing that disability does not mean inability,” Mrs O’Rourke said.


“I encourage people to apply to hold an event that will allow people of all abilities to explore the variety of opportunities our local communities can offer.

“I look forward to hearing ideas for events that involve collaboration and will foster greater opportunities for people with disability to participate in all aspects of community life.”

Mrs O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government had funded more than 40 events across the state in last year’s annual grants round.

“Grants of up to $5,000 are available to community groups, schools, sports clubs and other non-government organisations to run events and activities across the state,” she said.

“Last year, Queenslanders got involved in a range of celebrations including family fun days, forums, markets, expos, art exhibitions and festivals and much more.”

Mrs O’Rourke said the grants would support the Palaszczuk Government’s vision to increase opportunities for all people with disability.

“With the help of Queenslanders of all abilities, we are creating a new disability plan that will pave the way towards a more inclusive future,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“State-wide consultation on our Government’s ‘Towards an all abilities Queensland’ paper closed at the end of February, and now we’re reviewing more than 500 responses.

“This great feedback will help direct our future policies across five key areas of personal and community relationships, recreation and tourism, working and learning, key services, and leadership and contribution, as we transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

The funded events will be held across Queensland to celebrate Disability Action Week 2017 (10-16 September) or on International Day of People with Disability (3 December).

Applications close on 24 May. For more information on applying for grants, and the types of events to be funded in 2017, go to www.qld.gov.au/disabilityactionweek