NDIS Implementation Taskforce

The Implementation Taskforce provides a forum for people with a disability and other key stakeholders to work closely with the Victorian Government on the implementation of the NDIS.

The Implementation Taskforce meets quarterly.

NDIS taskforce members

  • Martin Foley MP - Minister for Housing, Disabilities and Ageing
  • Gavin Jennings MLC - Special Minister of State
  • Bronwyn Morkham - Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance
  • Caroline Mulcahy - Carers Vic
  • Kevin Stone - Victorian League for Individuals with a Disability
  • Eddie Chapman - Association for Children with a Disability
  • George Taleporos - Representation in a personal capacity
  • Ross Joyce - Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
  • David Bowen - National Disability Insurance Agency
  • David Moody - National Disability Services Victoria
  • Emma King - Victorian Council of Social Service
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald - Scope
  • Deb Parnell - Psychiatry Disability Services of Victoria
  • Laurie Harkin AM - Disability Services Commissioner
  • Karen Batt - Community and Public Sector Union
  • Leon Wiegard - Australian Services Union
  • Lloyd Williams - Health and Community Services Union
  • Luke Hilakari - Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Maggie Toko - Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Keran Howe - Women with Disabilities Victoria
  • Heidi de Paoli - Early Childhood Intervention Australia
  • Leah van Poppel – Youth Disability Advocacy Service

Statement from the Co-Chairs

18 February 2016

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Implementation Taskforce (the Implementation Taskforce) met for its first meeting of 2016 on 18 February 2016 at 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

The NDIS is a national reform which provides a new way of delivering services and support for people with permanent and significant disability in Australia. It will be rolled out across Victoria from July 2016 to 2019.

The Implementation Taskforce provides a forum for people with disability and other key stakeholders to work closely with the Victorian Government on the implementation of this transformational reform.

The group was first convened in November 2015 by Co-Chairs Martin Foley MP, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, and Gavin Jennings MLC, Special Minister of State. It includes people with disability and their advocates, Victorian Government Ministers, the National Disability Insurance Agency and organisations representing the views of carers, unions and service providers. Full Taskforce membership is provided at Appendix A.

The Taskforce has established five working groups to allow more detailed consideration of specific issues identified as priorities for successful implementation of the NDIS. The five working groups are:

  • Workforce Development and Transition Working Group
  • Participant Readiness Working Group
  • Sector Readiness Working Group
  • Cross-sector Work and Innovation Working Group
  • Housing Working Group

Each of the five working groups met in early 2016 to agree their priorities for work in 2016. On 18 February, the Implementation Taskforce discussed each working group's priorities as the basis for the overarching Implementation Taskforce work plan for 2016.

The group agreed the importance of grounding all work in a clear ambition to improve the lives of people with disability. Across all work priorities, members agreed the need to focus on practical, tangible opportunities for action and the importance of building from existing work already completed or underway. It was agreed that the NDIA's Outcomes Framework will be an important foundation from which to build.

The Implementation Taskforce will meet every two months in 2016. Further updates will be provided as the group progresses its work.

Martin Foley MP
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing

Gavin Jennings MLC
Special Minister of State