In The Media | 21 October 2016

Corporate Heavyweights Replace Bonyhady in NDIS Shakeup

The so-called “father” of the National Disability ­Insurance Scheme, Bruce Bonyhady, is set to be replaced in an agency clean up, according to reports.

An article published in The Australian on Wednesday, claimed Minister for Social Services Christian Porter was finalising a list of “corporate heavyweights” to replace the current board in a purge of management.

The claims were based on leaked letters seen by the news organisation which showed a list of new appointees including Helen ­Nugent, the chairwoman of credit reference outfit Veda Group, who is tipped to replace Bonyhady as chair at the start of 2017.

The Australian quoted a letter from Porter to the states and territories that said: “Should we not be able to reach agreement on any of these appointments, I intend to ­exercise my powers to appoint the nominees in the above final list after 90 days from the date of this letter (September 30) to ensure there is a fully functioning, high-quality board in place from 1 January 2017.”

Porter declined to comment on the specifics of the leaked letters but told Pro Bono Australia News there had been a consultation process for board appointments.

Source: Pro Bono Australia