The CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has resigned and will leave the role on 2 July.
Martin Hoffman has been in the role since November 2019 and has overseen increasingly anxious times for the National Disability Insurance Scheme as it tries to contain costs and amid concerns from participants about their plans being cut.
The NDIS Board said it had accepted Mr Hoffman’s resignation with regret.
Chair of the NDIS Board Dr Denis Napthine commended Mr Hoffman for his stewardship of the Scheme through an important stage of its evolution.
“During Martin’s leadership the NDIS completed the full transition from the old systems – and grew dramatically with now more than 520,000 participants benefiting from the Scheme,” he said.
“He has also overseen significant participant experience improvements, with an emphasis on digital investment that will deliver further improvements in future.
“He led the Agency with passion, grace and commitment, including managing through the impacts of the COVID pandemic.”
Mr Hoffman said it had been a privilege to have served in this role for the last three years.
“I wish the Scheme, and its participants, families, carers and providers all the very best for the future,” he said.
“I thank the amazing staff of the Agency for their dedication and support.”
NDIA Deputy CEO Dr Lisa Studdert will step into the CEO role from 2 July and the Board will immediately start an open recruitment process.
NDIS Minister Bill Shorten, who was highly critical of the NDIS’s direction before the election, thanked Mr Hoffman for his service and wished him well in his next endeavours.
“A new chief executive will be appointed in a timely fashion in the coming months,” he said.
The NDIA has come under fire for its aborted independent assessments proposal and the spend on lawyers to fight NDIS participants in the courts as appeals against cuts to funding packages steeple.