July 22, 2015

The Abbott Government is preparing to replace the board of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, sidelining the states and people with disability in favour of big business.


As the NDIS begins transitioning to full scheme, this latest move will only serve to undermine certainty at a time when continuity is key.


It also threatens to undermine one of the principles on which the scheme was built: a true partnership between the states, territories and the Commonwealth.


Currently, the board of the NDIS, including the Chair, is made up nominees from each of the states.


But according to reports today, a consultancy firm selected by Minister Mitch Fifield has recommended the NDIS board should have ASX 50 or large government business enterprise-level experience in operational and financial systems and controls.


This is despite the current Board of the NDIS delivering the scheme on time, within budget and with high levels of participant satisfaction.


To maintain the NDIS as a truly national scheme, the NDIS board must be reflective of the jurisdictions that are involved.


Above all, the NDIS Board must continue to include people with disability, the ultimate beneficiaries of the Scheme.




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