Role of the Committee

That:

  1. a Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme be appointed according to the practice of the Parliament;
  2. the committee:
    1. review the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
    2. review the administration and expenditure of the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
    3. review any matter in relation  to  the  National  Disability  Insurance Scheme referred to the committee by a resolution of either House of the Parliament;
    4. report to each House of the Parliament; and
    5. have such other functions as agreed to by resolution of the House of Representatives and the Senate;
  3. as soon as practicable after 30 June each year, the committee present an annual report to the Parliament on the activities of the committee during the year, which report should include particular reference to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Board quarterly and annual reports provided by the Standing Council on Disability Reform, as well as the independent launch evaluation reports;
  4. the committee consist of 12 members, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to  be  nominated  by  the  Government  Whip  or  Whips, 3 Members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips or by any minority group or independent Member, 3 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 1 Senator to be nominated by any minority group or independent Senator;
  5. every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
  6. the members of the committee hold office as a joint standing committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time;
  7. the committee elect a:
    1. Government member as its chair; and
    2. non-Government member as its deputy chair who shall act as chair of the committee at any time when the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee;
  8. at any time when the chair and deputy chair are not present at a meeting of the committee the members present shall elect another member to act as chair at that meeting;
  9. in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote;
  10. three members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;
  11. the committee:
    1. have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of three or more of its members and to refer to any subcommittee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine; and
    2. appoint the chair of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only;
  12. each subcommittee shall have at least one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;
  13. at any time when the chair of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of the subcommittee, the members of the subcommittee present shall elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chair at that meeting;
  14. two members of a subcommittee constitute a quorum of that subcommittee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall comprise one Government member of either House and one non-Government member of either House;
  15. members of the committee who are not members of a subcommittee may participate in the proceedings of that subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum;
  16. the committee or any subcommittee have power to:
    1. call for witnesses to attend and for documents to be produced;
    2. conduct proceedings at any place it sees fit;
    3. sit in public or in private;
    4. report from time to time; and
    5. adjourn from time to time and sit during any adjournment of the House of Representatives and the Senate;
  17. the committee be:
    1. provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
    2. empowered to publish from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public;
  18. the committee or any subcommittee have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of the former Joint Select Committee on DisabilityCare Australia appointed during the previous Parliament;
  19. the provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.
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Committee Secretariat contact:

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3083
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
ndis.sen@aph.gov.au

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