Dan Stubbs is the Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner and is the head of the Commission.

He was appointed in October 2019 by the Governor-in-Council, on the recommendation of the Minister and in consultation with the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria, and will be responsible for regulating the conduct of disability workers.

As well as regulating unregistered workers, the Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner responds to complaints about all disability workers and has the power to ban unregistered workers from the sector for breaching a Code of Conduct.

Dan has a disability; he has a sight impairment. Dan’s lived experience of disability and his experience working alongside people with disability means he has some understanding of the reliance people have on disability workers and the need to ensure services are safe and of the highest quality. 

Dan is passionate about the rights and entitlements of vulnerable people and has a history of advocating for their rights. He has worked in the community legal sector for the past 10 years as a lawyer and recently as CEO of Inner Melbourne Community Legal.  Here he led innovation and law reform advocacy, advancing the rights of vulnerable people including people experiencing homelessness, people with disability, people escaping family violence and those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. 

Dan has also worked extensively in developing countries, leading research and programs on disability and assisting the development of international and national peak bodies for people with disability. 

Together, the Commissioner and Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria will provide independent oversight and safeguards to ensure Victorians can seek advice and make complaints about disability workers who don’t meet registration standards or mistreat vulnerable people.

Mr Stubbs has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), and Graduate Diplomas in Development Economics and Legal Practice.

Dan is committed to advancing the rights and safety of people with disabilities. He is also available for public speaking and engagement opportunities. Please contact info@vdwc.vic.gov.au to enquire about Dan’s availability to attend a session.

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