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Date posted: 24 June 2013
Long-standing champion of disability reform in Australia and president of Philanthropy Australia, Bruce Bonyhady, has been appointed as the inaugural chair of the board of DisabilityCare Australia.
The federal government made the announcement saying the board will set the strategic direction of DisabilityCare Australia and will play an important role in safeguarding its financial sustainability, including by commissioning and considering actuarial advice in its decisions.
'Bruce Bonyhady brings considerable expertise to the position of chair of the board, including through his work as convener of the independent panel that advised the Productivity Commission and government during the inquiry into disability care and support, and as a member of the Disability Investment Group,' the Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin said.
The remaining board members appointed have extensive experience in the disability sector, insurance matters, financial management, and corporate governance. The board of DisabilityCare Australia will receive advice from an Independent Advisory Council established by the National disability insurance scheme act. The government has appointed Dr Rhonda Galbally as the principal member of the council.
'Dr Galbally is a long-standing and passionate advocate for the rights of people with disability,' Ms Macklin said. She is a deputy chair of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Advisory Group, chair of the National People with Disability and Carer Council, chair of the National Disability and Carer Alliance, and will also serve as a member of the DisabilityCare Australia board. Dr Galablly's joint role as member of the board and principal member of the Independent Advisory Council will ensure a strong and dynamic relationship between the two bodies.
'The Independent Advisory Council will help to ensure that the board has a ready source of advice from the perspective of people with lived experience of disability. The council is made up of people with disability, their carers, those experienced in service delivery and disability in rural and remote areas, and those with skills, experience or knowledge in the supply of equipment, or the provision of services, to people with disability. Its membership comprises a majority of persons with disability,' Ms Macklin said.
Jennifer Cullen a proud Wakka Wakka woman who is committed to Indigenous issues, staff learning and development, and strategies for building on service innovation and delivery for people with disabilities and their families has also been appointed as a member of the Independent Advisory Council.
Source: ProBono Australia News