In The Media | 7 March 2016

Reprieve for NDIS Board Members

The Federal Government has given a reprieve to members of the inaugural board of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, backing away from its earlier plans to replace them with heavyweights from the corporate sector.

The Commonwealth and state and territory governments have agreed to expand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) board and extend the terms of existing board members.

Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said the current board members’ terms would have otherwise expired on 30 June 2016.

In July 2015, the former Abbott government controversially moved to shakeup the NDIS Board overseeing the $20 billion scheme by replacing board members, described as stalwarts of the Not for Profit sector, with corporate sector leaders from top public companies.

However, Minister Porter has asked the Board Chair and the man regarded as the architect of the NDIS, Bruce Bonyhady, and three members to serve a further six months after their current terms expire in mid-2016.

Source: Pro Bono Australia