Dr Michele Bruniges AM


Dr Michele Bruniges AM
CEW Member

Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Dr Michele Bruniges 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. She has held this position since April 2016.

Prior to this, Michele 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, Michele 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.

In 2015 Michele received national recognition for her significant contribution to education as the recipient of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Gold Medal Award. Michele 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.

Michele is the first Australian to be appointed Chair of the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) Governing Board in recognition of her expertise in assessing educational outcomes based on evidence, effective data collection and analysis.

Michele 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.

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