Minister for the NDIS, The Hon Bill Shorten MP has announced that Australian Paralympic legend and disability advocate Kurt Fearnley AO has been appointed Chairman of the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Other NDIA Board appointments have also been announced, as well as a new CEO for the National Disability Scheme (NDIS).
In addition to Mr Fearnley’s appointment, the NDIA Board will also welcome new members Dr Graeme Innes AM and Ms Maryanne Diamond AO.
There are now five people with disability on the NDIA Board, including current board members Leah van Poppel and Meredith Allan, the largest number in its history.
Dr Denis Napthine AO, formerly Chair, will return as a Board Member.
After an extensive recruitment process, the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) will also have a new Chief Executive, with Rebecca Falkingham PSM accepting the role.
Ms Falkingham has extensive experience leading departments and major projects in NSW and Victoria. She joins the NDIS after spending several years as the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety in Victoria.
Ms Falkingham will be the first permanent female Chief Executive of the NDIA.
Minister for the NDIS, The Hon Mr Bill Shorten MP said, “I was thrilled Mr Fearnley accepted my offer to lead the NDIA Board. He will be the first person with disability to Chair the Board, heralding a new era for the scheme.
“Mr Fearnley is a trusted disability advocate and I rely on his knowledge and experience like the sector does.
“He holds a deep understanding of the NDIS and a history with the scheme. He was a serving member of the NDIS’ Independent Advisory Council during the trial phase of NDIS from 2013 to 2015 and the insight he will bring is invaluable.
“The new Board members each bring extensive experience in the corporate and public sectors as well as lived experience of disability.
“Having more people with disability in leadership positions will pivot the Scheme and rebuild trust with the disability sector.
“The work ahead is significant and I look forward to working together to create the best NDIS we can have and ensure positive outcomes for participants.”
Read the full media release from The Hon Bill Shorten MP here.
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