NDIS Board Connects with Coalition
31 October 2013 at 10:03 am
The Board of the National Disability Insurance Scheme says its work alongside the new Coalition Government is now well-established.
The Chairman of the NDIA Board, Bruce Bonyhady, and NDIS CEO David Bowen say they have met with the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield to report on the Scheme’s progress.
“Minister Fifield has extensive experience of the disability portfolio as former Opposition spokesperson and we look forward to developing a positive and constructive relationship with the Minister as we work with him and all the governments of Australia to meet the exciting challenges of rolling out this hugely significant reform that we are all privileged to be part of,” Bowen said.
Minister Fifield also met with the members of the NDIA Board at its most recent meeting in October.
“It is very encouraging to establish these contacts and good working relationships now. We all know there is much to do in the years ahead,” Bowen said.
“Minister Fifield conveyed to the Board his enthusiasm for the NDIS and the Government’s commitment to ensuring the Scheme’s success.”
Since September the NDIS has begun referring to its original name, rather than DisabilityCare Australia – which the former Labor Government initiated.
“This reflects the new Australian Government’s decision to revert to the original name for the NDIS. This is an important development. Among other things it emphasises the insurance principles that are critical to the Scheme’s sustainability and success,” Bowen said.
The public service organisation that manages and administers the Scheme will be known as the National Disability Insurance Agency or NDIA.
“We have already started to apply the new NDIS name to our materials. We will follow a strict no-frills, low-cost and gradual approach to the renaming updates. We have retained the Agency’s previous look, feel and colour scheme and will update only the name,” Bowen said.
“Our Facebook page and Twitter accounts were updated at zero cost. All of our current printed materials with the original branding will be used until we run out of stock. Only then will we reprint documents with the new names.”