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.
Acting Chair, ACARA
Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell, PhD
Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell is currently Acting Chair of ACARA's Board, following the retirement of Professor Barry McGaw. ACARA's incoming Chair and new Board members will be announced in due course.
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.
- Ms Liz Banks, Deputy Director-General, Tasmanian Department of Education
- Ms Susan Bowden, Deputy Chief Executive, Northern Territory Department of Education
- 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
- Dr Paul Sharkey, Director of Catholic Identity and Educational Services at the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne
- Mr Stephen Gniel, Deputy Director-General, Education Strategy, Australian Capital Territory Directorate of Education and Training
- Ms Patrea Walton, Deputy Director-General, Queensland Department of Education and Training
Recent former Board members
Former Chair, Professor Barry McGaw AO, PhD
Professor Barry McGaw was Chair of ACARA's Board from May 2009 - May 2015.
Prior to returning to Australia at the end of 2005, Professor McGaw was Director for Education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
He had earlier been Executive Director of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and Professor of Education at Murdoch University. He was originally a science teacher in Queensland secondary schools. He holds BSc, DipEd and Bed (Hons) degrees from the University of Queensland, and EdM and PhD from the University of Illinois.
Professor McGaw is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian College of Educators and the International Academy of Education.
Mr Tom Alegounarias, President of the New South Wales Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards
Mr John Firth, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Ms Helen Wildash, former Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Services, South Australian Department for Education and Child Development