44th Parliament

Committee Members  
The Hon Mal Brough MP, Chair (until 23 September 2015) QLD, LP
The Hon Bruce Billson MP, Chair (from 13 October 2015) VIC, LP
Senator Alex Gallacher, Deputy Chair SA, ALP
Senator Matthew Canavan (until 15 June) QLD, NATS
Senator Linda Reynolds WA, LP
Senator Rachel Siewert WA, AG
Senator Zed Seselja ACT, LP
Senator Anne Urquhart TAS, ALP
Dr David Gillespie MP NSW, NATS
Ms Jill Hall MP NSW, ALP
Mr Steve Irons MP (until 23 September 2015) WA, LP
Ms Joanna Lindgren (from 15 June) QLD, LNP
The Hon Jenny Macklin MP VIC, ALP
Mr Russell Matheson MP (from 13 October 2015) NSW, LP
The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP SA, ALP


Mr Mark Fitt, Committee Secretary
Mr Gerry McInally, Principal Research Officer
Ms Natasha Rusjakovski, Acting Principal Research Officer
Ms Fiona Gardner, Senior Research Officer
Ms Ruth Edwards, Administrative Officer
Mr Simon Jones, Administrative Officer
Ms Sarah Batts, Administrative Officer
Ms Hannah Dunn, Administrative Officer
Ms Louise Kelly, Administrative Officer


The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was established on 2 December 2013 when the Senate agreed to a resolution from the House of Representatives, passed on 21 November 2013. The committee is composed of six Members and six Senators.

The committee is tasked with:

  1. reviewing the implementation of the NDIS;
  2. reviewing the administration and expenditure of the NDIS;
  3. reviewing any matter in relation to the NDIS referred to the committee by a resolution of either House of the Parliament;

The committee's focus is therefore on the implementation and administration of the scheme. Unless otherwise stated, the committee will only accept submissions and correspondence that are directly and principally related to the implementation and administration of the NDIS.

The committee has not been established to inquire into the case for having the NDIS. These issues have already been addressed by the Community Affairs Legislation Committee as part of its inquiry into the NDIS Bill 2012.

The committee does not have the ability to examine, advise on, or advocate for individual cases. People with concerns about these matters should contact the National Disability Advocacy Program.

After 30 June each year, the committee has been asked to present an annual report to the Parliament on the activities of the committee during the year. The report should include reference to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Board quarterly and annual reports provided by the Standing Council on Disability Reform.

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