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Dr Michele Bruniges AM is the Secretary of the Australian Department of Education and Training. The department administers the Australian Government’s interests in quality early learning, schooling, higher education, international education and research, skills and training. Dr Bruniges has held this position since April 2016.
Prior to this, she led the NSW Department of Education, one of Australia’s largest state government departments with a workforce of over 84,000 staff and direct responsibility for over 2,200 schools.
Previously, Dr Bruniges held senior roles in the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and senior positions in the ACT and NSW Departments of Education and Training.
Her qualifications include a PhD in Educational Measurement and a Masters in Education. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
Dr Bruniges is a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 2012 was recognised for her work in public policy as a joint recipient of the Inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards.
In 2015 Dr Bruniges received national recognition for her significant contribution to education as the recipient of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Gold Medal Award. Dr Bruniges has also received the 2015 Sir Harold Wyndham Medal Award for her contribution to the education of young people in NSW from the Australian College of Educators.
Effective from April 2017, Dr Bruniges became the first Australian to be appointed Chair of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Governing Board in recognition of her expertise in assessing educational outcomes based on evidence, effective data collection and analysis.