I welcome the appointment of Dr Michele Bruniges AM as the new Secretary of the Department of Education and Training from 4 April 2016.
Dr Bruniges has more than 25 years’ experience in the education sector, from her beginnings as a primary school teacher through to various senior roles in the public service, a doctorate in educational measurement and has been leading the NSW Department of Education since 2011.
Dr Bruniges’ work and ability has seen her inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia, recognised as a joint recipient of the 100 Women of Influence Awards and awarded a Gold Medal from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. 
In 2015 Dr Bruniges 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.
I look forward to working with Dr Bruniges as she brings her impressive range of experience and sterling track record as an educator and leader to her new role.
I’d like to thank the Acting Secretary of the Department of Education and Training Mr Tony Cook for his service in the position since February 2016. Mr Cook has provided outstanding support and leadership in the role since the retirement from the public service of Ms Lisa Paul AO.