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Our structure

The Commission is divided into directorates to ensure a clear separation between its functions as a funder, provider and coordinator of disability services. The Corporate Executive is headed by Director General Dr Ron Chalmers, who reports to the Premier through the Minister for Disability Services and the Disability Services Commission Board.

The Commission's directorates are:

  • Policy and Planning
  • Local Operations
  • Business and Funding
  • Sector Engagement and Development. 

Our four directorates

The Commission's organisation chartPolicy and Planning is responsible for NDIS-related policy and planning work and ongoing State Government policy and planning responsibilities. For the NDIS, this includes monitoring and understanding the strategic environment and developing the Commission’s strategic policy positions and relationships with other State Government agencies.
Executive Director: Simone Spencer

Local Operations is the state-wide, on the ground arm of Commission. The directorate has an overall goal of ensuring effective delivery of the service system at a local level and assisting people with disability to understand and navigate it. By providing information, conducting assessments and undertaking individual planning, Local Operations aims to enable eligible people to access reasonable and necessary supports and services.
Executive Director: Robyn Massey

Business and Funding provides the funding systems and organisational support required for day-to-day business, including the core functions of organisational reporting, data management and budget administration. The directorate manages all payments and accountability measures for individuals and disability sector organisations receiving funding for disability services.
Executive Director: Sam Ciminata

Sector Engagement and Development is the Commission’s primary link with the disability sector, maintaining the strong partnership relationship between the Commission and disability sector organisations. The directorate procures and manages disability services and incorporates the Services Branch (formerly the Services directorate). Core functions include managing contracts with service providers, pricing analysis and running the State’s quality and safeguarding systems and ensuring a viable sector that provides real choice to people with disability.
Executive Director: Marion Hailes-MacDonald 

Office of the Director General

In addition to the four directorates, the work of the Commission is supported by the Office of the Director General.

The Office of the Director General has a central coordination role and supports functions that affect the whole organisation at a strategic level, including organisational communications, executive support and consumer liaison. The Office of the Director General also oversees the Disability Justice Service and provides executive support to the Corporate Executive, Commission Board, Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability and associated committees and groups.

Disability Justice Service

The Disability Justice Service incorporates the Bennett Brook Disability Justice Centre, as well as management of an in-reach service, prevention and diversion service and disability justice clinicians. The service supports people with disability involved with the justice system, including people who have been sentenced, are on remand, mentally-impaired accused, young people and people in the community.

Information, advocacy, planning and support are provided to people with disability, disability sector organisations, legal professionals, advocates and other government agencies.