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– Stephen Chanphakeo –

Stephen Chanphakeo

Stephen Chanphakeo

Director of Strategy, Policy and Commissioning, NSW Communities and Justice

Stephen Chanphakeo has worked in the NSW public service for over 20 years primarily in disability agencies and is currently an executive in the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). Stephen current responsibilities in DCJ include contracting, payment and reporting systems, community grant programs and the Seniors Card and Companion Card programs.

Previously while working in Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Stephen led a team that managed the winding down of $2 billion in NGO contracts to transition NSW’s funding responsibility to the NDIS. More recently, Stephen has led teams in DCJ that rolled out COVID grants providing more than $120 million in funds to NGO over the past two years. Stephen is keen to apply lessons learned through COVID to improving how DCJ manages grants and more generally contracts with NGOs.