Monthly Luncheons & Guest Speakers

The business of NDIS in the Hunter

Harbourview Function Centre
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 –
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Monthly Luncheon | The business of NDIS in the Hunter

We are pleased to present a panel of speakers to discuss what the NDIS means for business in the Hunter region.

The NDIS is massive. The scheme will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. It is estimated a further 35,000 jobs will be created in the Hunter over the next three years. The positive impact from the NDIS will also extend to other industries like building and construction, property development and financial services to name a few. Our region is fortunate that the New South Wales Government have chosen the Hunter as one of the first regions to roll out the NDIS.

NDIS and business panel

  • The Honourable Ray Williams, Minister for Disability Services
  • David Carey, CEO, ConnectAbility
  • Martin Halloran, Executive Director Health Education Government, CBA


The Honourable Ray Williams, Minister for Disability Services

Ray Williams is a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, being first elected to Parliament in the seat of Hawkesbury in 2007 following a term as Councillor on The Hills Shire Council.

Ray commenced his working life in two metal trade apprenticeships prior to working in the transport industry for 22 years, where he completed an additional two trade qualifications – complimenting his previous appointment as Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads.

Between 1985 and 2005 Ray held a Racing NSW Thoroughbred Trainers Licence and successfully operated a small business during that time within the Thoroughbred Racing Industry.

Ray studied at Curtin University achieving a Graduate Certificate in Development Planning and has since completed a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

David Carey 

David Carey is CEO of ConnectAbility Australia, a disability and community aged care provider located in the Hunter Region. The organisation employs over 135 staff and supports over 400 people across all business areas.

David is a member of the Australian Institute of Management and holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Management. David is also on the NDS State Committee and Hunter Business Chamber Committee.

His experience in industry includes working across a range of community organisations including aged care, disability and children’s services. In working in these areas he came to appreciate the necessity of a qualified and committed workforce in order to provide quality outcomes for client groups.

ConnectAbility have transitioned fully to the NDIS and David’s skills and lived experiences have been utilised to support the changes to business models required for the organisation to ensure growth and financial viability into the future.

Martin Halloran, Executive Director Health Education Government, CBA

Martin’s 25 year professional career has encompassed senior executive roles in wholesale banking, investment management and the public sector.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Bank as an Executive Director in 2016, he spent five years at the Commonwealth Department of the Treasury as a First Assistant Secretary and Chief Adviser in policy areas covering financial services, infrastructure, tax and the international economy.

After initially leaving banking 10 years ago, Martin took on the role of Chief Investment Officer at Australia’s largest ASX listed investment fund based on environmental, social and governance principles.  His banking career has spanned across Australia, UK and Japan where he led trading, debt and equity capital markets origination and structuring teams.  In 2006 he was appointed a Managing Director and Global Head of Capital Markets Structuring at Nab, leading innovative bank and client transactions seeking funding on a global basis.

Martin is based in Canberra and leverages his contacts with senior policy decision makers to provide Commonwealth Bank and clients unique insight on policy planning and implementation.  He has recently been focussed on the scheme roll-out of the NDIS and market opportunities in support and accommodation provision.

Academically, Martin has master’s degrees in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Strategic Studies from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University.

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