STATE BUDGET: Strong plan for those in need

GOLD Coast’s most vulnerable residents will be even more strongly supported through the 2014-15 State Budget, with more than $2.5 billion allocated to help those greatest in need, including $1.5 billion for the disabled.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said this year, $25 million will be spent on implementing key reforms identified by the Carmody Child Protection Commission of Inquiry as part of an additional $406 million package over five years.

Spending on disability services will increase by $45 million, to almost $1.5 billion, as the state continues to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


Mr Nicholls said the Government was also investing $190 million in the vital Community Services sector and $863 million for Child Safety Services.

Minister for Communitiies, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracy Davis said the Budget also delivered innovative disability accommodation solutions with $11.5 million invested into upgraded and building new housing for people with disability.

A further $6.6 million will be set aside over two years to go towards delivering housing for people with a disability for whom other housing options are not sustainable.

Ms Davis said the additional disability service funding would assist 300 young adults leaving school, 64 young adults with disability leaving the care of the State, and up to 27 people with spinal cord injuries who would leave the Princess Alexandra Hospital and live in the community.

Other key features of the Budget include $6.5 million for an additional 77 Child Safety Officers to assist in revitalising frontline services.