Rob Randall 

Chief Executive Officer
Mr Robert Randall            

Robert Randall has been Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) since November 2012. He was appointed for an initial period of three years, which was subsequently extended.

Robert brings significant experience and success in curriculum, assessment and reporting projects to this role. This experience has been gained at both state and national levels and has ranged from program design through to implementation.

Robert has worked at ACARA since 2009 and was previously deputy CEO and General Manager, Curriculum, of ACARA. In the lead-up to the establishment of ACARA, Robert was General Manager of the interim National Curriculum Board.

Robert began his career as a teacher of mathematics in Perth before holding a range of positions within and beyond schools in Western Australia. In 1996, Robert was appointed Director, Curriculum, with the NSW Board of Studies, and in 2001 took up the position of Director of Curriculum K–12 with the NSW Department of Education and Training.


General Manager, Assessment and Reporting
Dr Stanley Rabinowitz

Dr Stanley Rabinowitz commenced his role as General Manager for Assessment and Reporting at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in July 2014. Some of his key responsibilities involve managing the national assessment programs (NAPLAN and NAP sample), national data reporting, including the My School website, and utilising his experience to launch NAPLAN online in Australia in 2017.

Dr Rabinowitz has joined ACARA after serving as Senior Program Director of WestEd’s Assessment & Standards Development Services (ASDS), a program of national scope with more than 100 staff throughout the USA. In that role, he served as Director of the national Center for Standards and Assessments Implementation (CSAI) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Project Management Partner (PMP).

Dr Rabinowitz has consulted extensively on standards, assessment and school/educator accountability issues with researchers, policymakers and assessment staff at national, state and district levels in the USA. Through his involvement in more than a dozen state and national technical advisory committees and the role he served in the CSAI, Dr Rabinowitz is very familiar with the standards and assessment system challenges and constraints faced by states and districts. He also has experience in supporting states as they design and implement new standards, assessment and accountability systems.

Dr Rabinowitz was also a member of the Common Core State Standards national validation committee. Prior to joining WestEd, Dr Rabinowitz served as State Assessment Director for the New Jersey Department of Education.

Dr Rabinowitz received his PhD in Educational Psychology and Statistics from the State University of New York at Albany, New York, USA.

  Janet Davy 

Director, Curriculum
Ms Janet Davy

Ms Janet Davy joined ACARA in April 2018. 

Ms Davy comes to ACARA from the position of Deputy Secretary within the NSW Department of Education, which followed her role as Group Manager for Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching in the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and prior to that, Secretary of the ACT Department of Education.

As with many of ACARA's staff, Ms Davy began her career as a teacher, teaching Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) to Sydney secondary students.

Janet held various senior curriculum roles in the Department and the NSW Board of Studies. She also worked with AusAID (Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands), undertaking high-level change management roles, including a position of Program Manager for the Papua New Guinea Education Capacity Building Program. 


Director, Communications and Strategic Relations
Ms Ann-Maree Ashburn

Ann-Maree joined ACARA in July 2016 with over 20 years’ experience in government, communications and stakeholder relations.

Ann-Maree has worked at a senior level in government, including as a ministerial adviser, and held senior corporate affairs and communications roles in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors including at Oil States International, Insurance Australia Group, the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, and Hill and Knowlton.

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Chief Financial Officer
Director, Business Services
Ms Ainslee Scott

Ainslee Scott joined the Executive team of ACARA in January 2017. Ainslee has the responsibility for ACARA’s financial management, external reporting, project management and varied corporate service functions. Additionally, she provides strategic advice to the Chief Executive Officer and ACARA Board on business process improvements, including governance and risk management practices.

Prior to joining ACARA, Ainslee held a number of senior positions across both the public and private sectors, including NSW Treasury, TransGrid and Colonial First State. She has a strong and diverse background in accounting, strategic and corporate planning, project management, implementation and leading change.

Ainslee has an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management, is a certified practising accountant (CPA) and a member of Women On Boards.