Help on its way
CARING for the South Burnett's disadvantaged has been made easier for South Burnett CTC thanks to a $25,000 boost from the Federal Government.
The funding is part of the readiness package to help community organisations prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
South Burnett CTC CEO Nina Temperton said the organisation was strongly encouraged to apply for the funding to get cracking and plan for the future.
"It's all about squeezing as much as we can to help our clients," she said.
"However there is a misconception about the amount of money that will flow through; it won't be a generous stream of funding but it will help."
Ms Temperton said nobody knew how the NDIS would work.
"Funding in the future will be allocated and those who receive it will be able to spend the money how they wish," she said.
"That doesn't mean they can spend it at the pub but on support services they may need.
"An organisation such as Gumnut Place will no longer have to limit services to, say, five people for 30 hours each.
"Clients may be allocated $15,000 for the year and they can then come to us and ask what we might be able to offer them in way of support.
"It's all part of the Australian Disability Enterprises agreement."
Ms Temperton said the $25,000 would help with the process of training staff and getting them ready for the future.
"We are currently reviewing our revenue quality system and our strategic business plan," Ms Temperton said.
"We don't have a crystal ball we can gaze into but we are trying to be as ready as possible for when the NDIS is introduced.
"We need to protect those who can't negotiate for themselves."