In The Media | 6 January 2017

Sector Disappointed as NDIA Given Corporate Makeover

The disability sector has expressed “disappointment” after a number of “corporate heavyweights” have been appointed to lead the National Disability Insurance Scheme in place of those with lived experience.

From 1 January the board overseeing the $22 billion scheme has been expanded with Dr Helen Nugent AO, the former chair of Veda Group, and chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, appointed to head the National Disability Insurance Agency board.

Nugent, who replaces inaugural chair and the so-called father of the NDIS, Bruce Bonyhady, will be supported by four continuing board members along with seven new members offering combined experience in governance, finance, risk management and insurance.

Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said the new board would deliver the “right mix of skills” to oversee the transition period for the NDIS, as it moves from a 30,000 person trial to 460,000 participants at full scheme in 2019/20.

Source: Pro Bono Australia