For current users of the former Community Care program
Important message for current Queensland Community Care service users
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now available across Queensland.
As a result, from 1 July 2019 the Queensland Community Care Program was replaced by the Queensland Community Support Scheme.
Many people have moved to the NDIS, but others may be experiencing delays.
For this reason, the Department of Communities, Disability and Seniors will ensure existing Queensland Community Care clients at 30 June 2019 will continue to receive their service under the new Queensland Community Support Scheme.
If you are eligible for the NDIS in the future, you will transition to the national scheme at that time.
Existing Queensland Community Care Program service users do not need to test their eligibility with the NDIS to transition to the new Queensland Community Support Scheme.
If you are a current service user and experiencing difficulty or concern about moving from the Queensland Community Care Program to the new scheme, or the NDIS, for advice and support please contact Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) by calling 1300 363 783 or (07) 3252 8566.
If you are eligible for the NDIS, you can make an access request to the NDIS at a future point. QDN will be available until 30 September 2019 to assist a limited number of people with this access process.
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As a person using Community Care services, you have a number of rights. Community Care service providers should recognise your right to:
- be treated with respect and courtesy
- stay informed and be consulted
- have a say in decisions made about your care
- receive quality services
- expect privacy and confidentiality and access to all personal information held about you by the provider
- have another person of your choice support you and advocate (speak up for you) on your behalf
- have your comments and feedback valued
- make a confidential complaint if you are not happy with the services you receive.
Service providers must respect your ideas and the decisions you make about your life. They should listen to what you have to say, and show courtesy in their behaviour toward you. Here are some questions about this right that you can ask service providers:
- Will your staff ask my permission if they want access to my personal belongings, such as my clothes?
- Are staff expected to listen to what I have to say about my care?
- Are staff expected to talk to me and members of my family in a respectful way?
- If I think that staff are not treating me with respect and dignity, what can I do?
- Who should I speak to in the agency if I have any queries or problems?
- Who could I speak to outside of the agency if I don’t feel comfortable about speaking to an agency employee?
- How familiar is your service with my cultural background/religious beliefs?
- Will staff respect my cultural and religious beliefs?
You have the right to be informed about the service available to you, and about your rights. You can ask questions to make sure you receive a good service.
Many people currently receiving Community Care supports may be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is rolling out in Queensland from July 2016 to June 2019.
If you are a Community Care service user, you can learn more about the NDIS and check your eligibility. Many people currently receiving Community Care supports may be eligible for the NDIS; however, those who transition to the NDIS will no longer be eligible for Community Care services.
If you are a Community Care service user who will transition to the NDIS, you may wish to continue receiving supports from your existing service provider. Your provider can register to provide NDIS services to continue working with you.
We have funded organisations to deliver workshops, resources and activities to help people with disability, their families and carers understand the changes and opportunities offered by the NDIS.
For people receiving Community Care services who are not eligible for the NDIS, we will continue to provide Community Care services into the future.
We are undertaking a review of Community Care services, including talking with service users and providers about ways that future services can best meet the needs of people not receiving NDIS supports.
Every Community Care service user has the right to lodge a complaint about the service they have received. You may wish to do this in writing, by telephone or in person. If you wish, you can involve an advocate. An advocate can be a family member or a friend, or an agency such as ADA Australia.
In the first instance, complaints should be directed to the organisation providing the service, to give them a chance to fix the problem.
If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction by the Community Care service provider, you may wish to have the complaint dealt with by the Central Complaints and Review Unit.
Phone: Free call 1800 080 464