After nearly a six month vacancy, the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has finally been revealed today as Martin Hoffman.
Mr Hoffman will be managing the NDIA’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for a three year tenure, starting his time in office on 4 November, 2019.
Recently, he was the former Secretary of the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, and held responsibility over multiple service delivery organisations, including Service NSW, NSW Fair Training and SafeWork NSW.
Additionally, he led a strategic planning task force, initiated by Minister for NDIS and Government Services, Stuart Robert, to establish Services Australia.
Mr Hoffman’s career spans multiple roles in high positions, including Commonwealth Deputy Secretary, CEO of ninemsn, and senior roles at Fairfax Media, Optus, and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
His educational portfolios includes a Master of Business Administration (Honours) from the International Institute of Management in Switzerland, a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.
Mr Hoffman says, “I am tremendously honoured to have the opportunity to work with participants, the staff and partners of the NDIA, providers and the disability sector to deliver on the promise of the NDIS for each participant.”
The Board of the NDIA are excited for the new leadership under Mr Hoffman and acknowledged the leadership of acting CEO, Vicki Rundle PSM, who was in the position up until April this year.
“The Board of the NDIA is indebted to Vicki for her leadership, dedication and commitment,” says the NDIA board Chairman, Dr Helen Nugent AO.
“Martin will bring critical capability to the role of CEO at this stage of the rollout of the transformational National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“The Board has appointed a leader who is deeply skilled, who is committed to people with disability and their families, who understands the importance of improving social and economic outcomes for participants, and who has the expertise to further lift the quality of the participant experience.
“He will also inspire staff and partners and improve the underlying processes and technology with which participants and providers need to interact”.
Welcoming the new appointment, Minister Roberts is looking forward to working with Mr Hoffman as the incoming CEO of the NDIA.
Minister Roberts says Mr Hoffman has a “long and distinguished history of senior leadership roles in service delivery in both the public and private sectors, leading high performing organisations while growing customer satisfaction and staff engagement. He also has deep expertise in digital transformation.
“Mr Hoffman has the dedication, vision, and expertise to lead delivery of the transformational NDIS for the benefit of each eligible participant.
“He will build on the ground-breaking work already underway and will make a real difference in delivering on the Government’s commitment to realising the full benefits of the Scheme for participants.”
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) CEO, Jeff Smith, has welcomed the appointment of Mr Hoffman on behalf of PWDA, and looks forward to working with him to make sure the NDIS is the Scheme that people with disability have campaigned and argued for.
“We know that many aspects of the NDIS need fixing so that all people with disability who need support are getting that support in a timely and appropriate way,” says Mr Smith.
“There have been too many delays and too many hurdles to accessing these essential supports so far, particularly for people with disability who face additional barriers to the NDIS.
“People with disability need the NDIS to deliver on its promise to us about inclusion, equality and support.”