The former head of the Australian Institute of Criminology, Michael Phelan has been appointed to head the NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission for a three-month term.

NDIS Minister Bill Shorten said his appointment as acting commissioner is another line of defence in the fight against unscrupulous operators trying to take advantage of the NDIS.

“Michael has a distinguished career in crime fighting, from being the former chief executive officer of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, to the director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. He knows how to catch criminals, fight fraud and defend the NDIS and is the right person for this crucial job to get the scheme back on track.”

The government is conducting an open recruitment process to fill the commissioner role on a long-term basis and is consulting people with disability and the disability community on how to build a better NDIS disability watchdog, the minister said.