NDIA and gov urged to keep momentum

House with No Steps urges incoming federal government and the NDIA to work collaboratively to appoint a new CEO maintain the positive momentum that has been built

Person with a disability and support workers
May 2, 2019

House with No Steps (HWNS), a leading for-purpose organisation that supports people with a disability, has expressed disappointment at the sudden resignation of Mr. Rob De Luca, CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

“The NDIS is a vital social reform. Its roll-out has been bumpier than we would have liked, but it is already delivering better outcomes for thousands of Australians living with a disability,” said Andrew Richardson, CEO of House with No Steps.

“There is still a huge volume of work required to deliver a fully functioning and financially sustainable scheme. Participant planning and review processes, transport arrangements, employment supports, workforce development and service pricing are just some of the areas that require further attention.”

Mr. Richardson said he was encouraged by the leadership shown by Mr. De Luca, his executive team and the NDIA Board in owning and addressing challenges.

“Although the glass is far from full, we were starting to see results. Mr. De Luca built substantial momentum, so the timing of his departure is disappointing.

“We must all continue to work together to ensure the NDIS delivers on its promise. This is not the time for point-scoring or undue negativity. We urge the incoming federal government and the NDIA board to work quickly and collaboratively to replace Mr. De Luca and maintain the positive momentum that has been built.”