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Former Paralympian Kurt Fearnley has been appointed as the new chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

The body is responsible for administering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the appointment was announced by NDIS Minister Bill Shorten in Canberra.

Fearnley, who was born with lumbar sacral agenesis and uses a wheelchair, said it was important for people who use the NDIS to see people with a disability involved in running the program.

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Former Paralympian Kurt Fearnley has been appointed as the new chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency. (Getty)

“It’s important that the participants of the NDIS get to see themselves in this organisation,” he said.

“Trust with the organisation itself is a visceral thing. The scheme cannot be a success without trust and that is built over a period of time.”

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