Imagine a women’s rights agency run by a board of men. Or an indigenous welfare group managed by non-indigenous people. This is the situation that those in the disability sector say is facing them.
They’re concerned about changes to the board of the agency overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme, principally that very few of the new faces know what it’s like to live with an impairment.
The posts have yet to be finalised but some of the nominees include executives from the financial services, telecommunications, tourism and community sectors.
The man credited as one of those behind the scheme’s birth, Bruce Bonyhady will be replaced by Helen Nugent, the chair of credit reporting agency Veda Group.
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations says the NDIS is at its heart a scheme about people with disability.