Lessons from the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Published 05 May 2014

Bruce-Bonyhady2A key driver and architect of the change agenda behind Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Bruce Bonyhady, will give his personal insight into the lessons learned during the long struggle to secure the NDIS in this country in a public lecture at UNE on Monday, 12 May.

Now Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency, Bruce Bonyhady will present ‘The transformational reform of our time: the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and lessons for Change.’

Bruce Bonyhady says the NDIS exemplifies a shift in public policy and the opportunities available for people living with disability and marks one of the most fundamental advances in Australia’s human service history.

“The NDIS reform is for all Australians. None of us know when we or a friend or a child might acquire a disability. It’s an essential reform about restructuring the safety net and restructuring Australia’s social and economic policy in a way that will be sustainable into the future.

“This is the great reform our time and will become as essential to Australians as Medicare.”

Mr Bonyhady, a UNE alumnus, has worked for more than 25 years to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Bruce Bonyhady is the Father of three adult sons, two of whom have disabilities. He has been recognised for his efforts as a champion for disabilities with membership of the Order of Australia and a State Finalist for Australian of the Year in 2012.

The Lecture will take place in the Lecture Theatre 1, Business and Law Building at UNE from 3pm-4:15pm on Monday 12 May. Parking will be available near the venue.

There will be a question and answer session following Mr Bonyhady’s presentation.

All are welcome and encouraged to come along to listen to this inspiring campaigner for the rights of Australians living with disability.