LifeFul wholeheartedly welcomes the announcement of Kurt Fearnley as the new chair of the board of the National Disability Insurance Agency, by Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten.
We are so pleased to see a person with a disability take up this role at the highest level within the NDIA.
Mr Fernley brings a welcomed multi-faceted perspective with his previous high level experience within a disability service provider, and previous experience as a member for the NDIS Advisory Council.
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.
The government also named experienced bureaucrat Rebecca Falkingham PSM as the new Chief Executive of the agency.
She joins the NDIS after spending recent years as the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety, and will be the first permanent female CEO of the NDIA.
LifeFul also welcomes the inclusion of other notable people with disability on the NDIA board, including Graeme Innes AM (former Disability Discrimination Commissioner), Marianne Diamond AO, who join Leah Van Poppel and Meredith Allan to comprise the largest number of people with a disability on the NDIA board in it’s history.
Denis Napthine AO, formerly chair, was also welcomed back as a board member.
We look forward to this new era of leadership.