Scope thanks Arthur Rogers for outstanding service to the community
On behalf of myself and Scope, I would like to recognise Arthur Rogers for his invaluable contribution to the Victorian community, most recently as Disability Services Commissioner.
In this role, Arthur has been a strong advocate for people with disability. He’s been a driving force for good public policy that recognises the rights of people with a disability to live a life of equality, where they are valued and respected as citizens of Victoria.
Arthur has built on the work of his predecessor Laurie Harkin OAM to ensure people with disability are at the forefront of conversations on the issues that affect them.
He has consistently made time for people with disability and their families in a quest to understand what is most important to them. He has then channelled this knowledge into action and provided valuable guidance and feedback to service providers.
Arthur leaves a tangible and lasting legacy.
Notably, he led the development of Victoria’s first 10-year State Disability Plan, the Disability Act 2006 and the introduction of client controlled and individualised planning and funding.
Working closely with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, he also played an integral role in Victoria’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Arthur is a man of honour and integrity and he will be greatly missed by all of us.
We hope that Arthur continues to maintain a strong connection to the sector in the coming years.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Treasure Jennings on her appointment as the new Commissioner for Mental Health Complaints and Disability Services.
We look forward to working with Ms Jennings to continue elevating the voice of people with a disability.
Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald