Grahame Searle


Grahame is currently the Interim Director General of the Department of Communities which has been formed by the amalgamation of the Department of Child Protection and Family Services, the Housing Authority, the Disability Services Commission, the Communities component of the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Regional Services Reform Unit. The Youth Justice Division and parts of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs will shortly join the new Department of Communities.

Grahame has been a public service leader and innovator for many years. He successfully drove major organisational change in his former roles as Department of Housing Director General (2008-2015) and Landgate Chief Executive Officer (2004‑2008).

Grahame is widely respected in the State Government and by Aboriginal leaders for his ability to facilitate collaboration and achieve results.

At the Department of Housing he oversaw the development of the Affordable Housing Strategy, and led the nation in fulfilling targets set under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, exceeding Indigenous employment targets for five consecutive years.

As State Reform Leader, he commenced systemic and long-term changes that will lead to better living conditions and greater education and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional and remote Western Australia.

Grahame holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University. He is a national fellow and former State President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a fellow of the Spatial Sciences Institutes well as being a board member of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation. He is also a former board member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information and the Australia Housing and Urban Research Institute.