Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Director-General

Clare O'Connor Director-General Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Clare O'Connor Director-General Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Introducing Clare O’Connor, Director-General, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

I am honoured to lead the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors in the role of Director-General.

In my 30-year career in the public service, including 15 years as a senior executive, I have seen first-hand the difference the government’s work makes to individuals and communities.

Continuing to make a difference needs a clear strategic vision for the department. For the department, that vision is Thriving Communities.

Thriving Queensland communities are places where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can participate, are included and resilient, and enjoy high levels of social and economic wellbeing.

This agenda drives the development of our initiatives and provides the focus we need to change the lives of Queensland’s most vulnerable people. But we cannot realise our vision alone.

We will continue working with communities, sector partners and other government agencies to develop solutions based on the different needs and aspirations of communities. We will also work with groups including the Queensland LGBTI Roundtable and Queensland Carers Advisory Council, who provide invaluable insight into matters relating to vulnerable Queenslanders.

Through collaboration, and on-the-ground services such as neighbourhood and community centres, we will continue the state’s excellent progress in creating Queensland communities that thrive and prosper.

I am passionate about creating a more inclusive Queensland for people with disability, through the implementation of the state disability plan All Abilities, and creating Age-friendly communities where seniors are connected and celebrated.

We will also enable community resilience through Community Recovery to support Queenslanders following disasters.

We are the lead agency for implementing of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland. I know the positive impact the NDIS will have on so many Queenslanders with disability, as well as their families and carers. 2018-19 is the biggest year for participants, with up to 60,000 people with disability scheduled to enter the NDIS.

There are exciting times ahead for the department and I am delighted to be on this journey with staff and our stakeholders.

Clare O’Connor
Director-General
Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
 

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