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Australia : Minister commits to review Queenslands ECDPs in 2020.

The long-term requirement for Early Childhood Development Programs in Queensland will be reassessed in 2020 after the full roll-out of the NDIS, Education Minister Kate Jones announced today.

Ms Jones said ECDPs would continue to operate as they are now including enrolling new children.

ECDPs have a vital role in preparing young children with disability or developmental delay for life at school, she said.

They educate children with the life-skills they need to succeed at school and later life.

Parents have made it clear to me they do not want to lose this service as a result of the transition to NDIS.

Thats why I have decided to keep Queenslands ECDPs until at least 2020 a whole year after the NDIS transition is complete.

In 2020 we will be in a better position to reassess how successful the transition to NDIS has been and whether ECDP services are required long term.

"I also want to reassure parents that ECDPs will continue to accept new enrolments."

Disability Services Minister Coralee ORourke said Queensland was committed to a smooth transition to the NDIS.

We understand that the NDIS will bring about immense change and a big shift in thinking, but we are committed to ensuring Queenslands transition is as smooth as possible which is why ECDPs will continue to run as they do now until 2020, Mrs ORourke said.

I want to ensure that all children will receive the same level of support or better, as the NDIS rolls out across Queensland.

Fundamentally, the scheme will support people with disability to live the lives they choose, to chase their dreams with appropriate support, and not be bound by what others perceive they can achieve.

I will continue to work with the Minister for Education to ensure we are doing all we can to give young Queenslanders with disability the best start in life.

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