Changes to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) board, the parent institute for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), were announced on the 13 th of August, 2020. Mr. John Walsh AM decision to step down as a member of the board of the agency was the highlight of the announcement, the statement having been delivered by Stuart Robert, Minister of the NDIS. The resignation will be effective at the end of the month, on the 31 st of August, 2020. ‘John has guided the NDIA under successive governments and ministers and I thank him for his service,’ the statement said. ‘It is incredibly sad to see John go, however I look forward to seeing him continue to make an invaluable contribution to the NDIS and the lives of people with disability in his future endeavors.’

Mr. Walsh has been with the board throughout the 7 years of the NDIS and has also served as a principal member of the Independent Advisory Council for the years 2019 to 2020. He is widely recognized for his adamant support of standardized insurance schemes and is known for his views which guided the Productivity Commission of the NDIS in 2011 on in its inquiry into financial, medical and personal support mechanisms for the Australian population facing disabilities. Considerations for Mr. Walsh’s successor are in the pipeline.

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