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 Board members

  • Dr David Howes,
    Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority
  • Dr David de Carvalho,
    Chief Executive, NSW Education Standards Authority     
  • 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, Association of Independent Schools, Western Australia
  • Mr Michael Hewitson AM,
    retired foundation principal of Trinity College, Gawler, now Deputy Mayor, 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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