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Queensland in Focus by Jason McKey, November 2022

purple banner reads Queensland in Focus by Jason McKey, State Manager QLD

3/11/2022

On 24 October, the Queensland team hosted the NDS Contemporary Governance Summit in Brisbane. The Summit brought together 210 leaders from Queensland and interstate to discuss important developments in governance. After NDS CEO, Laurie Leigh, set the scene, a range of expert presentations detailed what good governance looks like. Sessions on possible recommendations from the Royal Commission and managing risk from fraud and sharp practices held the attention of the audience. We closed the day with an inspiring presentation on disability and human rights from Elisha Matthews, Peer Leader at Queenslanders with Disability Network. 

During the last month, our Senior Sector Development Officers and I have continued face-to-face visits with members in Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Kingaroy, Gatton, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Loganholme and other greater Brisbane suburbs.

We are committed to visiting all regional and remote areas of Queensland over the coming months because, while all services face similar barriers, some problems are particularly urgent in regional and remote parts of the state. The workforce shortage is one issue that stands out. The difficulty in recruiting staff in regional and remote areas is complicated by the lack of suitable accommodation for them. The planned increase in migrant workers is welcome, but the workforce issue cannot be properly addressed without first solving the accommodation shortage. 

In the meantime, we continue to advocate for an increase in fees for support coordinators, plan managers and allied health professionals. At a minimum, indexation ought to be included for these groups because they missed out on the recent increase in funding by the NDIS.  

On 31 October, Queensland’s public health emergency for COVID-19 ended and from 1 November there are no public health directions in effect requiring workers to be vaccinated in high-risk settings, including shared disability accommodation services. Queensland Health has referred providers to both the National COVID-19 Community Protection Framework and Queensland’s traffic light system to assist providers in mitigating COVID-19 risks.

Finally, I would encourage our members to contact me or the SSDO’s to discuss any issues you would like NDS to focus on over the coming months. 

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For any enquiries, please contact Jason McKey, State Manager QLD, submit enquiry/feedback, show phone number