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The Commissioner

Roger Macknay, QCRoger Macknay, QC

Mr Roger Macknay, QC, resigned from the office of Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission on Monday 14 April 2014, with effect from that date.  The office is currently vacant.

Mr Macknay was appointed Commissioner on 15 November 2011 with effect from 21 November 2011.  Mr Macknay was preceded as Commissioner by Mr Kevin Hammond, AO (December 2003 — March 2007), the inaugural Commissioner, and the Hon. Len Roberts-Smith, RFD, QC (May 2007 — January 2011).

Mr Macknay completed a Bachelor Degree in Law in 1968 at the University of Western Australia and commenced work in the legal profession as an Articled Law Clerk in 1969, being admitted to legal practice in 1971. 

In 1973 Mr Macknay commenced practice at the Independent Bar, working as a Barrister for more than 20 years.  In 1992 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel and on 16 November 1994 a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia, a position he held for more than 14 years before retiring in 2009. 

After a short retirement, Mr Macknay resumed work in 2010 as a Senior Sessional Member of the State Administrative Tribunal, and in 2011 as an Auxiliary Judge of the District Court of Western Australia, and Supplementary Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal. 

Mr Macknay has also been: a Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia; a Part and Full-Time Referee of the Small Claims Tribunal of Western Australia; Deputy Chairman of the Town Planning Appeals Tribunal of Western Australia; and Chairman of the Optometrists Board of Western Australia.

The Commissioner is ultimately responsible for all the activities and operations undertaken on his behalf by officers of the Commission.  The Commissioner holds office on a full-time basis for a period of five years and is eligible for reappointment once.