The Board has obligations as the accountable authority for the Agency under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act 2015. The Board is responsible for preparing the Agency’s Corporate Plan 2016-19 which can be found on the Agency’s website (www.ndis.gov.au).
The inaugural Board consisted of the Chair and eight members. Commonwealth legislation was passed in May 2016 to increase the size of the Board by three members, to be constituted of the Chair and 11 members. Board members are appointed on a part-time basis for up to three years. Appointments are made by the Commonwealth Minister for Social Services and the appointment process is coordinated by the Department of Social Services. All appointments are made through consultation with the jurisdictions.
The Board is currently constituted of the Chair and seven members, with four vacant positions. Each of the inaugural Agency Board members commenced their appointments on 1 July 2013 for a period of three years. Membership of the inaugural Board expired on 30 June 2016, with the Disability Reform Council granting extensions to all current members (refer Table 2).
Under the PGPA Act Board members are required to disclose to the Minister any material personal interest in a matter that relates to the affairs of the authority. Board members are asked at each meeting whether a conflict arises between standing interests and the interests of the Agency, and to make a declaration of any interest.
Agency Board Committees
The Board is advised by three committees
- the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee (ARFC)
- the Sustainability Committee and
- the Information and Communication Technology Committee (ICT).
Audit, Risk and Finance Committee (ARFC)
The ARFC (the Committee) was established in compliance with section 45 of the PGPA Act. As a committee of the Board, the ARFC helps the Board meet its responsibilities under the NDIS Act and the PGPA Act.
The Committee’s objective is to provide independent assurance and advice to the Board on
- the Agency’s risk management;
- control and compliance framework;
- and financial statement responsibilities.
Board members on the Committee are Mr John Hill PSM (Chair), Ms Geraldine Harwood and Mr Martin Laverty. The ARFC also has two independent members, Ms Marian Micalizzi and Ms Helen Williams AO. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) attends ARFC meetings as the Agency’s external auditor, along with the Agency’s appointed internal auditors.
The Sustainability Committee was established to assist the Board in fulfilling its function of sustainability oversight. This involves assessing, monitoring, reporting on and managing the financial sustainability of the Scheme.
The Sustainability Committee’s objective is to provide advice to the Board arising from analysis of the Scheme Actuary’s reports regarding
- access to the Scheme by participants
- the costs of reasonable and necessary supports
- cost shifting or price inflation within mainstream services.
Board members on the Committee are Mr John Walsh AM (Chair), Professor Rhonda Galbally, Mr John Hill PSM and Ms Fiona Payne. The committee includes two external members, Mr Tom Karp and Mr Peter Whiteford.
Information and Communication Technology Committee (ICT)
The role of the ICT Committee is to contribute expert perspectives on ICT strategy and systems. The ICT Committee provides advice to the Agency and the Board on:
- the quality, effectiveness and implementation of the ICT strategy
- the quality and directions indicated in the ICT business case to deliver full Scheme operations capability from 1 July 2016
- the adequacy of progress against key deliverables and ICT project timelines
- the cost effectiveness of alternate systems
- alignment between the ICT strategy and the Agency Strategic Plan
- general integrity and functioning of ICT across the Agency.
Board members on the ICT Committee are Mr Glenn Keys (Chair), Ms Fiona Payne and Mr John Walsh AM. The committee has three independent members, Mr Serdar Avsar, Mr Chris Bennett, and Ms Helen Williams AO.
There is more information about ICT on page 31.