Second head of federal agency resigns post-election

By Anna Macdonald

June 8, 2022

Outgoing CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency Martin Hoffman. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Martin Hoffman has resigned from the organisation, effective July 2. 

The NDIA board has accepted the resignation, saying in a statement it did so with regret.

Chair Denis Napthine thanked Hoffman for his time at the organisation, saying Hoffman led the NDIA with ‘passion, grace and commitment’.

“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 has also overseen significant participant experience improvements, with an emphasis on digital investment that will deliver further improvements in future,” Napthine said.

Hoffman said he felt privileged about his three years at the agency, thanking staff for their support.

“I wish the Scheme, and its participants, families, carers and providers all the very best for the future,” Hoffman said.

Current NDIA deputy CEO Lisa Studdert will act as CEO after July 2, with a recruitment process underway. 

Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten issued a short statement congratulating Studdert for stepping into the role temporarily. 

“Mr Hoffman has been chief executive since November 2019. I thank Mr Hoffman for his service and wish him well in his next endeavours.

“A new chief executive will be appointed in a timely fashion in the coming months,” Shorten said. 

With the process underway, UNSW professor of public service research Helen Dickinson told The Mandarin that hiring a person with disability would be a step in the right direction, particularly as people with disability are lacking in representation within senior roles. 

“In itself, this is not enough to solve the issues, but it would be a good start. Added to this we know that people with disability face significant challenges in securing employment – and one of the aims of the NDIS is to support people with disability into work,” Dickinson said in a statement. 

It is the second head of a federal agency to tender resignation following Labor’s win, after commissioner of Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Gary Johns resigned. Minister for competition, charities and treasury Andrew Leigh welcomed the news.


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