New director-general of education appointed

Dr Michele Bruniges

A leading Australian education bureaucrat, who started her teaching career in NSW public schools, is the new Director-General of the Department of Education and Communities and Managing Director of TAFE NSW.

Dr Michele Bruniges has been overseeing the national school reform agenda as an associate secretary in the schools cluster of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, who announced the appointment yesterday, said he was delighted that Dr Bruniges had accepted one of the state's most important public sector jobs.

"Dr Bruniges has extensive leadership and management experience in the education sectors in NSW, the ACT and at the Commonwealth level," Mr Piccoli said.

"Her understanding of the key contemporary national and international education issues and challenges is second to none."

Dr Bruniges was Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Education and Training from 2005 to 2008.

She had previously held senior management positions in the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Dr Bruniges started her career in 1980 as a primary teacher at Leppington Public School before switching to secondary Mathematics and Computing Studies' teaching at St Johns Park High School and Ingleburn High School. 

She has also worked as a teacher for TAFE and the Adult Migrant Education Service.

Dr Bruniges has a PhD in educational measurement, a Master's degree in education from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in educational studies and a Diploma in teaching from Goulburn College of Advanced Education.

She is also:  

  • a fellow of the Australian College of Educators
  • the recipient of numerous professional awards, including a Churchill Fellowship and an Exceptional Service Award from the Professional Teachers' Council NSW
  • a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

The acting director-general, Pam Christie, congratulated Dr Bruniges on her appointment and said her "outstanding leadership and strategic vision" would benefit the new Department of Education and Communities.

"I have worked with Michele as a colleague for many years and greatly admire her professionalism and leadership capability," Ms Christie said.

Dr Bruniges is expected to take up her new role in late August.

Read education minister Adrian Piccoli's media release.

Photo: Dr Michele Bruniges

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