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:

  • Mr Bruce Bonyhady
  • Ms Geraldine Harwood
  • Mr John Hill
  • Ms Fiona Payne

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:

  • Dr Helen Nugent:
    Independent Chairman of Veda (credit analytics firm), formerly of Westpac (banking), Macquarie (banking), McKinsey & Co. (management consultancy)
  • Jim Minto:
    Interim CEO ASFA (superannuation), Director AFG (financial services), Director Dai-ichi Life (insurance)
  • Sandra Birkensleigh:
    Non executive Director, Audit Committee Chair Auswide Bank (banking), Independent Member Audit Committee Reserve Bank of Australia (government), Non-Executive Director Horizon Oil (energy)
  • Andrea Staines:
    Non-Executive Director SeaLink (travel), UnitingCare QLD (care provider), Tourism Australia (government), QIC (financial)
  • Estelle Pearson:
    Principal at Finity (actuarial consulting), former President of the Actuaries Institute
  • Paul O’Sullivan:
    Chairman Optus (telecom), formerly CEO Singtel Group Consumer (telecom)
  • John Langoulant:
    Senior Advisor Deloitte (accountancy), Chairman WA Westpac (banking)
  • Robyn Kruk:
    CEO Mental Health Commission (government)

Under Minister Porter’s plan, continuing Board Members from the existing NDIA board include:

  • Dr Rhonda Galbally
  • Mr Glenn Keys
  • Mr Martin Laverty
  • Mr John Walsh

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

Sources

Finity, Our People, Estelle Pearson, Accessed 19 October 2016

Linkedin, Andrea Staines, Accessed 19 October 2016

Linkedin, Jim Minto, Accessed 19 October 2016

Linkedin, John Langoulant, Accessed 19 October 2016

Linkedin, Robyn Kruk, Accessed 19 October 2016

Linkedin, Sandra Birkensleigh, Accessed 19 October 2016

NDIA, Our Board, Accessed 19 October 2016

Optus, Executive Profiles, Paul O’Sullivan, Access 19 October 2016
The Australian, 19 October 2016, ‘NDIS boss Bruce Bonyhady first to go in agency clean-out’

Veda, Dr Helen Nugent, Accessed 19 October 2016

 

 

  1. As someone who comes from the Finance Industry, (and has an adult son with a disability) the changes to the NDIA Board are quite scary. Anyone with any experience could manage the finances and keep within a budget, but can they do it without absolutely failing to meet the needs of the families around Australia who are depending on the appropriate roll out of the promised services?? I doubt it very much unless they have first hand knowledge and understanding of the needs. Picking them off Linked in does not offer much confidence. Minister – do better!!

  2. As someone who comes from the Finance Industry, (and has an adult son with a disability) the changes to the NDIA Board are quite scary. Anyone with any experience could manage the finances and keep within a budget, but can they do it without absolutely failing to meet the needs of the families around Australia who are depending on the appropriate roll out of the promised services?? I doubt it very much unless they have first hand knowledge and understanding of the needs. Picking them off Linked in does not offer much confidence. Minister – do better!!

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