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4.1 Governance

The governance model for the Agency is set out in the NDIS Act.

The Agency is a corporate Commonwealth entity under the PGPA Act with statutory authority under the NDIS Act. The NDIS Act sets out the governance model for the Scheme.

Figure 4.1A is a diagram of the Agency’s key governance arrangements. It shows five boxes to illustrate the governance relationships. There are two purple boxes at the top level. The one on the left says Federal Parliament, and underneath that (in the same box) it says Commonwealth Minister. The box to the right of that, on the same level, says Ministerial Council. There is a line joining those two boxes and extending down the centre to another purple box that says NDIA Board. To the right of the NDIA Board box, not connected by a line, is a white box that says Independent Advisory Council. A line extends downward from the box with NDIA Board in it to the last box, centred at the bottom of the diagram that says NDIA Management.

4.1.1 Responsible Minister

The Minister for the NDIS is responsible for administering the NDIS Act and, with the agreement of states and territories, exercises statutory powers, including the power to make delegated legislation in the form of NDIS Rules and the power to direct the Agency. As at 30 June 2020, the Hon Stuart Robert MP was Minister for the NDIS.

4.1.2 Ministerial Council

In 2019–20, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (referred to as the Ministerial Council) comprised the Australian Government and state and territory treasurers and ministers responsible for disability. The Ministerial Council was the principal decision–maker on significant Scheme policy issues.

In early 2020, the focus of the Ministerial Council shifted towards the immediate response to the COVID–19 pandemic, particularly its potential impact on Scheme participants, providers and the disability workforce. On 29 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced that COAG would cease and that a new National Federation Reform Council would be formed, with National Cabinet at its centre. Information about the National Federation Reform Council is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website at https://pmc.gov.au/.