Kurt Fearnley appointed NDIA Chair

Disabilty advocate Graeme Innes on the board

Kurt Fearnley

Paralympian and disability advocate Kurt Fearnley has been appointed chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Mr Fearnley was a serving member of the NDIS’ Independent Advisory Council during the trial phase of NDIS from 2013 to 2015.

NDIS minister Bill Shorten said Mr Fearnley’s appointment heralded a new era for the scheme as the first person with a disability to chair the board.

“Mr Fearnley is a trusted disability advocate and I rely on his knowledge and experience like the sector does,” Mr Shorten said.

Graeme Innes

Read how Kurt sees the big issues for people with disability in Australia today. 

The NDIA board will also welcome new members Dr Graeme Innes and Maryanne Diamond.

Lived experience

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.

Mr Fearnley said he was excited to be able to help empower people with disability to live a good life. “Having people with disability in key positions on the board is essential if we are to live up to the principles of the scheme’s formation 10 years ago,” he said.

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SOURCE: GOVERNMENT NEWS. 26 September 2022

Kurt Fearnley appointed NDIA chair

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