View from the Opposition: disability support under Labor.

View from the Opposition: disability support under Labor.

Dec 6
Join Federal Shadow Minister for the NDIS and Government Services, as he outlines the Labor approach to disability support and delivery of government services.
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The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Federal Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Shadow Minister for Government Services
Drew Beswick, Chief Executive Officer, Possability
David Mazengarb, Director of Corporate Services and Company Secretary, Possability

Event Overview

The National Disability Insurance Scheme was established in 2013 by the then Labor Government and has been solely operated and rolled out for eight years by the Coalition.

There are currently 466,000 Australians with permanent and significant disabilities who access the NDIS for individual packages of support. The supports and services give them the choice and control that allow them to live full lives.

Eight years on from its launch, the Morrison Government has raised concerns about cost blowouts and has introduced legislation to justify cutting the scheme. There are concerns from participants and the sectors that plans are being cut, whilst Labor believes the provider and services market is thin, and fraud needs to be addressed.

The Hon. Bill Shorten, former Labor Leader and Shadow Minister for the NDIS and Government Services, was an integral architect of the scheme, taking a lead role in creating the scheme from its inception. He has fiercely defended the rights and needs of people with disabilities in Australia and the need for the NDIS to be the world’s best.

What does this mean now the scheme is fully rolled out and how can it be improved to deliver on its original vision? Join Bill Shorten as he outlines the Labor approach to disability support and delivery of government services. 

Roundtable start times:
SA: 1.00pm
NT: 12.00pm
QLD: 12.30pm
WA: 10.30am

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Bill Shorten MP
Federal Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Shadow Minister for Government Services

Bill become involved in the Labor Party at university and joined the union movement in 1994 when he began work at the Australian Workers' Union as an organiser. Passionate about getting a fair deal for Australian workers, Bill became the AWU's Victorian Secretary and then National Secretary. Bill was also a director of AustralianSuper before entering parliament in 2007. He was first sworn into the Labor Ministry in September 2010 and promoted to Cabinet in December 2011. In both Government and Opposition, Bill has worked across a range of portfolios including Workplace Relations, Education, and now the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Government Services.

Meet the moderators

Drew Beswick
Chief Executive Officer, Possability

Drew is driven to make a real difference in the disability sector through the continual improvement of services and, more broadly, by contributing to national action around access to housing and services. As Chief Executive Officer, Drew leads the strategic direction of the organisation with a strong focus on culture, sustainability and service innovation—towards its Vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their potential. 

David Mazengarb
Director of Corporate Services and Company Secretary, Possability

David is a risk and governance professional, strategic thinker and recognised business builder with strong technical competencies in the accounting, financial services and wealth management industry. David has worked in the profession globally for over 25 years including at Price Waterhouse and KPMG as a Director in Corporate Services and Management Consulting. David is a privileged Fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Institute of Chartered accountants and Governance Institute of Australia and is a Registered Company Auditor. Before joining Possability as Director of Corporate Services and Company Secretary, David was a member for the Possability Board for close to 20 years, having also served as Chair of the Finance, Risk Audit and Compliance Committee.

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