In The Media | 7 September 2015

‘Midnight ambush’: NDIS board members discover they are being dumped via ad

Board members on the National Disability Insurance Scheme were given a “midnight ambush” when their jobs were advertised in a national newspaper before they were told, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says.

The federal government ran an advertisement on page eight of the Australian Financial Review calling for new board members, stipulating that the candidates must have “substantial board experience either in a large listed company or a significant government business enterprise”.

The experience requirements will likely make it difficult for the current board members – including the chair Bruce Bonyhady – to reapply for their jobs.

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, said the current board members were “very welcome” to express interest in re-applying for their positions.

“It’s important I recognise the need for continuity so the new board will be a mix of new board members and current board members,” he said.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald