The Department of Communities, Disability Services Seniors (DCDSS) is the government agency focused on thriving communities, delivering quality, targeted support to improve social wellbeing of people and places.
The Queensland Government has declared its priorities for safe and healthy communities that give all children a great start, and are responsive to community priorities and needs – communities that thrive and not just survive. Thriving communities are dynamic, exciting places in which to set up a business, get a job, raise a family and live a healthy and productive life. Thriving communities are inclusive, diverse, Age-Friendly and All Abilities.
The Queensland Government’s traditional role in disability services has changed as a result of the signing of the full scheme National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) bi-lateral agreement. Our role has now shifted to supporting and advocating for people with disability, working in partnership with the disability sector to create an all-abilities Queensland and monitoring the NDIS to ensure it delivers the outcomes we all expect for Queenslanders with disability. To ensure we can provide the oversight and advocacy that Queenslanders with disability deserve, we have created Disability Connect Queensland (DCQ). It is made up of a team of people who will deliver on the sector’s strongest demand – nothing about us without us.
Through DCQ, we can ensure NDIS clients are treated with respect and dignity, have control of the services they receive and have continuing opportunities for social and economic participation. A key strategy of DCQ will be to seek and consider the lived experience and views of people with disability, their families, carers and the sector, as we continue to build a more inclusive and accessible Queensland. We want all Queenslanders with disability and their families to be able to take advantage of the full range of social and economic opportunities available in our great State. The Queensland Government remains as committed as ever to supporting Queenslanders with disability.
Queenslanders want a vibrant and prosperous state where everyone has the opportunity to lead an active lifestyle, live in a healthy and thriving community, and participate in the economy. Our strategic direction statement, Queensland: an age-friendly community, outlines the government's approach to achieving its vision of a thriving community where the contributions of seniors are valued and older people are able to lead healthy and productive lives in work, volunteering or retirement.
Our department is a registered service provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We deliver our services through our Accommodation Support and Respite Services (AS&RS) service. AS&RS provides assistance with daily living for people with a primary diagnosis of an intellectual disability who require support to enable them to live as independently as possible. We recognise and focus on people’s strengths and abilities. We know that it is important for your needs to be met with the right supports at the right time. Our staff have a range of skills and life experiences and will work with you and assist you to achieve your life goals. We value strong partnerships and relationships with our clients with a special emphasis on establishing and building trust. Our focus is on clients and their needs, interests, choices and rights.
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