Director-General appointed to lead the Department of Education

Published Friday, 26 November, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
The Honourable Grace Grace

Mr Michael De’Ath, an accomplished senior executive, has been appointed as the new Director-General of Queensland’s Department of Education, following an open merit recruitment process.

Mr De’Ath has over 20 years of public sector leadership with extensive experience in education as a teacher, school principal, Regional Director and Deputy Secretary.

Throughout Mr De’Ath’s career he has delivered outcomes for Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand across a variety of portfolios, including education, community services and health. He is a former Deputy Secretary with Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services and has held Director-General positions with the Australian Capital Territory Government’s Community Services and Health Directorates.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk accepts the recommendation of the independent recruitment panel and welcomes Mr De’Ath to the chief executive role.

“Mr De’Ath comes highly recommended, and I am pleased someone with his skill and experience will be leading one of our most critical departments, which has responsibility for our world class education system.”

Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing, the Honourable Grace Grace said she is excited by Mr De’Ath’s appointment and welcomes the breadth of experience he will bring to the education, industrial relations and racing portfolios.

“I look forward to working with Mr De’Ath, particularly in continuing to deliver an education system that gives all children a great start and engages young people in high quality learning, no matter where they live.”


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