Following months of mismanagement by the NDIA with the potentially illegal My First Plan and the calamity of the My Place portal collapse, the Australian reports leaked documents show Federal Minister Christian Porter plans to shake up the NDIA Board.
In what the Australian has called a ‘clean-out’ of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Minister Porter has laid out his picks for appointment from January 2017, giving the State and Territory Ministers 90 days before finalising the positions. Most notably absent is current NDIA Chairman Bruce Bonyhady. In total half the existing board, charged with overseeing the Agency delivering the NDIS for the past 3 years, will not be reappointed if the report holds true. Those who didn’t make the cut in Minister Porter’s picks include:
Minister Porter’s nominees for replacing these outgoing board members include 8 board-level experienced Directors with from across government and industry with a particular focus on financial services backgrounds. Named on the list are:
Under Minister Porter’s plan, continuing Board Members from the existing NDIA board include:
While there has been a clear need to act on the gross mismanagement of the NDIS rollout, the Federal Minister has himself been under scrutiny following a shut down of no new plans for eligible NDIS participants in the ACT. This unilateral action has created great uncertainty for the community, not only in the Australian Capital Territory, but across the country. The stop on new NDIS plans while the Minister seeks to renegotiate with the ACT over the cost of the Scheme has left many concerned about the reliability of the NDIS. It had been hoped the scheme would reduce uncertainty and end the Federal-State blame game for people with disability. There is now a petition stating that this stop on new plans is not ok which you can support here and join the call for a full, fair, uncapped NDIS
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