New Commissioner Appointed
Alistair McEwin takes the reins from Susan Ryan, who has been juggling the role along with that of Age Discrimination Commissioner since the departure of Mr Innes nearly two years ago.
While disability advocates have respected her work, they have wanted someone with a disability in the role as a full-time commissioner.
As well as his role at the Deaf Society, Mr McEwin is the chairman of the Disability Council of NSW. He is profoundly deaf.
He said the appointment was “an incredible honour.”
“I’ve been born with a disability and I’ve lived with a disability all my life. So this is a humbling thing to be able to be the national advocate for all people with a disability,” Mr McEwin said.
The successful implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be one of his key priorities over the coming years.