Media Release by Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Inaugural NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner Graeme Head to step down at end of term

I have been informed by Mr Graeme Head, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner, that he will conclude his tenure at the end of his current statutory term, on 30 June 2021. Mr Head was appointed for a three-year term in July 2018.

I thank Mr Head for his leadership of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) since commencing as the inaugural Commissioner.

Mr Head brought his wealth of experience in policy, public administration and regulation across federal and state government to establish and lead the NDIS Commission through a critical phase of its establishment.

NDIS participants have the right to be safe and to receive quality services from the providers and workers they choose to support them under the NDIS.

During his tenure, Mr Head oversaw the delivery of a significantly more comprehensive and different approach to the regulation of disability supports and services.

Under his leadership, the NDIS Commission worked to support people with disability in voicing concerns they have about their supports and services, and to strengthen the capability of the sector to uphold the rights of people with disability, and ensure the services and supports provided through the NDIS are safe. In addition to establishing each of the Commission’s functions and transitioning almost 20,000 providers into the system, the NDIS Commission has major initiatives underway addressing the needs of those people with disability who are at heightened risk of abuse and neglect.

I would like to personally acknowledge the outstanding contribution Mr Head made over the past three years, including leading the NDIS Commission’s evidence submitted to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability and continuing to deliver NDIS Commission services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I thank Mr Head for his efforts, and I wish him the very best for the future.

The NDIS Commission continues to provide a critical service to Australians and the Government.

A selection process will be undertaken to fill the position.