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NSW nominees welcomed to NDIS board and advisory council

21 June 2013

Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance today welcomed the appointment of two NSW nominees to the Board of DisabilityCare Australia and a further two nominees to the Independent Advisory Council.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Walsh AM, the former Associate Commissioner to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry and Report on Disability Care and Support to the Board of DisabilityCare Australia, along with Mr Martin Laverty, CEO, Catholic Health Australia,” Mr Constance.

“I am equally pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Kurt Fearnley OAM, prominent paralympian and advocate and Ms Sylvana Mahmic, Chief Executive Officer of Pathways Early Childhood Intervention, to the Independent Advisory Council.

“These four people bring a wealth of experience and understanding of the aspirations and issues that people with disability, their families and carers face.

“I am also pleased that these four nominations were put forward by NSW.

The Board will set the strategic direction of DisabilityCare Australia and play an important role in safeguarding its financial sustainability.

“It will ensure the primary focus of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is to support people with disability to achieve their goals through planning their individual support, and funding reasonable and necessary care and support over the course of a person’s lifetime,” Mr Constance said.

“It will also ensure the building of community awareness of the contribution that people with disability can make to their communities.”

The Independent Advisory Council will support the Board to understand the experience of living with disability.

“It is for this reason that many of the Council members are people with disability whose advice to the Board will be based on first hand and real life experiences,” Mr Constance said.

The NDIS Board and Advisory Council report to the Standing Council on Disability Reform, which is responsible for oversight of the NDIS.

For the full list of board and advisory council members, go to

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