The state government has extended funding for services under the Queensland Community Support Scheme (QCSS) for another 12 months.
Extra funding to the tune of $6.3 million has been committed to the QCSS to provide its services for another year.
Under the scheme Queenslanders, who are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), will be able to continue accessing support for low-level disability, chronic health or mental health conditions.
A Queensland woman named Mary-Anne shared her experience of the support she has received from the QCSS, with a service provider visiting her for two hours each fortnight to help with household chores and community connection.
After a fall at home that resulted in a broken pelvis and six weeks hospital recovery, Mary-Anne realised that simple home tasks like vacuuming and mopping aggravated her back. When she reached out to the scheme for help, Mary-Anne was assigned support worker Celeste.
“Celeste is a great help with the computer. I always have a list of things for her to help me with when she arrives,” Mary-Anne said.
In a statement issued on Friday, communities and housing minister Leeanne Enoch said the funding offered certainty and stability to vulnerable people.
“Throughout the pandemic, the services provided through the scheme help those in need undertake regular day-to-day activities and participate in their community,” Enoch said.
“Important in-home support such as personal care, cleaning, preparing meals and connection to the community through shopping assistance, participating in social activities and attending medical appointments are just a few of the essential services QCSS provides.”
The minister added that the funding was part of the government’s plan for economic and community recovery from COVID-19. The state government’s commitment brings the total investment in the scheme to $37.8 million.
An additional $420,438 funding extension for the next 12 months will ensure QCSS services reach isolated First Nations communities in remote parts of the state.
“In total the government has provided more than $125 million funding for a wide range of community services across the state in the past financial year,” Enoch said.
“We are committed to funding high-quality community services for seniors, people with disability, families, young people and vulnerable Queenslanders.”