Board membership

The ACARA Board was announced in May 2009 and held its first meeting on 21–22 May 2009. The ACARA Board has a Chair, Deputy Chair and 11 other members, representing the Australian Government and all education streams (independent, government and Catholic) across states and territories.

ACARA - Chair, ACARA Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM

Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM
Chair, ACARA

Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM is Chair of the ACARA Board following his appointment by the Federal Education Minister, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP on 16 June with the approval of the Education Council.

Professor Schwartz has served as vice-chancellor and president of three universities (Macquarie and Murdoch Universities in Australia, and Brunel University in England). He is a Director of Teach for Australia and the Australian Scholarship Foundation. Professor Schwartz is also the former National Chairman of the Fulbright Commission. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Royal Society Exchange Fellow and a NATO Fellow.

Emeritus Professor Schwartz is a prize-winning researcher, teacher and author of 13 books.

ACARA - Deputy Chair, ACARA Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell, PhD

Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell
Deputy Chair, ACARA

Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Educational Transformations and Professor Emeritus and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he served as Dean of Education from 1998 to 2004. He served as Dean of Education at the University of Tasmania from 1989 to 1990. Previously he served as a teacher of mathematics and science in Victoria and Alberta, Canada, and held academic posts at the University of Alberta.

Professor Emeritus Caldwell is a fellow and life member of both the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). He is a recipient of the College Medal of ACE and the Gold Medal of ACEL, and has served as President of ACEL and Deputy Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research. He is Patron of ACEL (Victoria).

Professor Emeritus Caldwell has conducted professional assignments of one kind or another in or for 40 countries over the last three decades. He has a continuing interest in providing schools with a higher level of authority and responsibility, with five books on the topic since 1988, the latest being 'The Self-transforming School' published in 2013. He is currently participating in a seven-country international research project on the theme. His other general interests lie in the fields of governance, especially federal–state relations; leadership; innovation; futures and finance.


ACARA Board members

  • Dr David Howes,
    Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority
  • Mr Paul Hewitt,
    Executive Director, Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment, NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards    
  • Dr Tim McDonald,
    Executive Director, Catholic Education, Western Australia
  • Ms Susan Bowden,
    General Manager, Early Childhood, Northern Territory Department of Education
  • Emeritus Professor Patrick Garnett,
    Chair, School Curriculum and Standard Authority, Western Australia
  • Ms Valerie Gould,
    Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools, Western Australia
  • Mr Michael Hewitson AM,
    retired foundation principal of Trinity College, Gawler, now Councillor for Unley (South Australia) and author
  • Ms Patrea Walton,
    Deputy Director-General, Queensland Department of Education and Training.
  • Mr Tim Bullard,
    ‎Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Performance, Tasmanian Department of Education
  • Ms Deb Efthymiades,
    Deputy Director-General, Education Strategy Division, ACT Education Directorate
  • Ms Susan Cameron
    Executive Director, Learning Improvement, Department of Education and Child Development, South Australia

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