Mr Maurice Corcoran AM
Mr Maurice Corcoran AM has worked for the last 30 years in a range of social work, advocacy, management and strategic policy development roles. He was appointed to his current statutory role of Principal Community Visitor in South Australia in July 2011 to establish and implement the Community Visitor scheme.
For the three years prior to this appointment, Mr Corcoran worked with the Commonwealth Government (FaHCSIA) as a national manager to establish the ‘National Disability Strategy’ which was signed off by the Council of Australian Government in February 2011.
From 2001-2008, Mr Corcoran was the State manager for Disability Inclusion and his Unit coordinated South Australia’s ‘whole of Government’ Disability strategy which was recognised nationally as a leading example of disability inclusion.
Prior to working in government, Mr Corcoran was very active in consumer-led disability peak bodies, a founding board member and later President of the Physical Disability Council of Australia, and inaugural president of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations.
As a disability representative, Mr Corcoran served on a range of national bodies and ultimately representing these bodies in a number of meetings at the United Nations (UN) to develop the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.
Mr Corcoran has had a life-long commitment to improving the lives of people with disability and their families through advocacy, policy development and leadership. He has a strong belief in social justice and equality of opportunity for all people and has the professional Social Work and management skills, passion and commitment to facilitate change. This equips him to undertake strategic work roles that genuinely improve life opportunities for people with a disability in Australia.
In 2006, Mr Corcoran was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). In 2016, at the National Disability Awards, he was awarded the Lesley Hall lifetime leadership award.