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  • Written by Andrew Dodd, Program Director - Journalism, Swinburne University of Technology

This is the first program in a new podcast series, Change Agents. It will focus on examples of ordinary people who have brought about profound social, political, cultural and political change, celebrating their success and explaining how they did it.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the biggest social reform in Australia this century. By 2022 it will help half a million people access comprehensive disability support at a cost of around A$25 billion.

On this program, two of the NDIS’ founders explain how they developed something so radical and comprehensive and then won support for the idea. Bruce Bonyhady is the chairman and Rhonda Galbally is a board member of the National Disability Insurance Agency, the body that implements the NDIS.

Change Agents is a collaboration between The Conversation and the Swinburne Leadership Institute and Swinburne University’s Department of Media and Communication. It is presented by Andrew Dodd and produced by Sam Wilson, with production by Heather Jarvis.

Andrew Dodd does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

Authors: Andrew Dodd, Program Director - Journalism, Swinburne University of Technology

Read more http://theconversation.com/change-agents-rhonda-galbally-and-bruce-bonyhady-on-the-birth-of-the-ndis-63662

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