Senior bureaucrat Tracy Mackey has been appointed as the new NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner.

Tracy Mackey

Ms Mackey has been CEO of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) since October 2019 and was previously a senior executive with the NSW Department of Education, and Assistant Secretary of Detention Services Management at the Department of Immigration.

She has also held senior roles within the Department of Health and Ageing and was Director of Community Services with the Queensland Department of Emergency Services.

NDIS minister Linda Reynolds announced the appointment on Wednesday.

“Ms Mackey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position as Commissioner, following her previous senior role in the care and support sector and more recently as the primary environmental regulator in NSW,” she said.

The minister said as Quality and Safeguards Commissioner Ms Mackey will be responsible for upholding the rights of, and promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of, people with disability receiving supports under the NDIS.

Ms Mackey has been appointed for a three-year term starting January 10.

She replaces Samantha Taylor who has been acting as NDIS Commissioner since July 1 following the departure of Graeme Head, who led the commission through its establishment phase.

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