Nerida O'Loughlin was appointed Chair and Agency Head of the Australian Communications and Media Authority from 14 October 2017 for five years. Nerida was reappointed for a further two years from 14 October 2022.
Prior to joining the ACMA, Nerida was Deputy Secretary in the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts providing policy advice across telecommunications, broadcasting, online content and the arts. Nerida has also been responsible for major projects in the communications portfolio, including leading the Digital Television Switchover Program. Over her career, Nerida has also held senior positions in the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, predominantly across the technology and cultural sectors.
Nerida is an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. In 2019, Nerida was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours for outstanding public service.