News | 21 July 2017

New face at the helm of NDIA: The reaction

A new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed by the National Disability insurance Agency (NDIA) to guide the NDIS during its critical transition period to full coverage across Australia over the next three years.

So who is the new face at the helm of NDIA and what does the sector think about him?

Former Bankwest managing director Mr Rob De Luca will take over the reigns in a three-year term, replacing David Bowen, NDIA’s inaugural CEO.

Mr De Luca said he looked forward to “leading the vision” and working “collaboratively with the disability sector and all key stakeholders.”

The new appointment coincides with the construction of NDIA’s new headquarters in Geelong, Victoria.

While the Former Bankwest managing director does not have previous experience within the disability sector, he has received the tick of approval from many.

NDIA chair Helen Nugent

Chairman, Dr Helen Nugent AO has congratulated Rob De Luca on his appointment and extended her thanks to the retiring CEO, Mr Bowen, for his “enormous and significant contribution.

De Luca has the ‘experience’ to lead: Social Services Minister Christian Porter 

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said:

“Mr De Luca deeply understands the importance of improving social and economic outcomes for participants in a way that delivers a quality participant experience.” 

Assistant Minister Jane Prentice: specialist skills for transition

Assistant Minister for social services and disability services, Jane Prentince said:

“Mr De Luca’s appointment by the NDIA Board sees the appointment of a chief executive officer with the specialist skills to successfully roll out this ground-breaking reform as it moves towards full implementation over the next three years.”

Disability service sector

A number of advocacy groups, disability service providers and not for profit organisations have taken to twitter to welcome the appointment, inviting the incoming CEO to come see the disability sector work in action.



A big challenge ahead:

De Luca is under no illusions as to the monumental challenge that lies ahead.

Ongoing consultation with NDIS participants, their families and carers, as well as providers and the disability sector in its entirety, will prove vital during De Luca’s appointment.

We wish him the very best and are hopeful he will ensure the NDIS is delivered as promised and is the very best it can be.

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