Robert Fitzgerald has been appointed NSW’s first Ageing and Disability Commissioner, tasked with protecting adults with disability and older people.

In making the announcement, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said he brings enormous knowledge and experience to the role.

“We will not tolerate the abuse, neglect and exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens which is why we have introduced a new Ageing and Disability Commissioner,” she said. “Robert Fitzgerald will lead the Commission and ensure adults with disability and seniors across NSW are protected.”

Fitzgerald served on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from 2013 to 2017 and has also spent time as Productivity Commissioner and Community and Disability Services Commissioner.

“I have spent my career helping to protect vulnerable people,” he said. “I look forward to ensuring the Commission responds effectively where there has been harm and helping to create an environment where people feel safe in their community.”

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the Commission will be strong and independent.

“Robert Fitzgerald’s deep experience and powerful intellect make him exceptionally qualified for this challenging task,” he said. “I look forward to working with him to support and protect vulnerable people and secure the best possible outcomes for older people and adults with disability.”

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