In The Media | 4 January 2017

NDIS: Outgoing chair Bruce Bonyhady pushes for independent board with disability experience

The inaugural chair of the agency running the National Disability Insurance Scheme has emphasised the importance of his board’s independence and experience in the disability sector, as he prepares to leave the role.

The Federal Government will replace Bruce Bonyhady as chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) from January 1, 2017.

Businesswoman and company director Helen Nugent is widely expected to take over, but Social Services Minister Christian Porter is still remaining tight-lipped about the new arrangements.

“The Commonwealth is in the process of consulting on the NDIA board, as required under the Act, and outcomes will be announced at an appropriate time,” a spokeswoman said.

The ABC has obtained a letter sent to the Minister by Mr Bonyhady on December 22, providing a summary report as the “outgoing chair” of the NDIA.

In it, he noted that six of the eight inaugural board members had “lived experience of disability” and the remaining two were previously involved with disability service organisations.

“One of the key recommendations from the Productivity Commission was that the NDIA should have an independent board,” Mr Bonyhady wrote.

Source: ABC News