David Hillyard joined the public service in 1972 and worked in various roles before commencing with the then Fair Trading agency in 1977. He worked his way up from a complaints officer to investigations officer and by 1987 was a senior investigations officer with Consumer Affairs. He worked in many senior management roles throughout his career, where he was responsible for the regulation of the retail and service industries, motor vehicle sales and repair industries and the incorporated association and charity sectors.
His achievements were recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honour List in 2011, when he received a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the areas of consumer protection and fair trading. David fulfilled the role of Commissioner for Consumer Protection prior to retiring from the public service in 2020.
Throughout his career David forged strong partnerships with advocates and advice services across the not-for profit sector. David has participated on not-for-profit organisations, including the Gosnells Community Legal Centre back in the late 90’s and has now taken up the position of Chair at CCLS in late 2020.