The ACARA Board was announced in May 2009 and held its first meeting on 21–22 May 2009. Professor Barry McGaw AO is Chair of the Board and Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell is the Deputy Chair of the Board. The ACARA Board has 11 other members, representing the Australian Government and all education streams (independent, government and Catholic) across states and territories.
Professor Barry McGaw AO, PhD
Professor Barry McGaw is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Chair of the Board of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
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.
Professor Barry McGaw has been President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Psychological Society, the International Association for Educational Assessment, the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Association for Research in Education.
Professor McGaw was awarded the medals of the Australian College of Educators in 1994 and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2012. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Illinois College of Education in 2001 and the 2005–2006 University of Illinois International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement. He received an Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 and was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004.
Deputy Chair, ACARA
Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell, PhD
Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell is 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.
- Mr Tom Alegounarias, President of the New South Wales Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards
- Ms Liz Banks, Deputy Director-General, Tasmanian Department of Education
- Ms Susan Bowden, Deputy Chief Executive, Northern Territory Department of Education
- Mr John Firth, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Curriculum and Assessment Authority
- 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, Catholic Education in South Australia
- 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, Training and Employment
- Ms Helen Wildash, Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Services, South Australian Department for Education and Child Development