|Government Department overview|
|Formed||1 July 2015 (Current)|
1880 (First incarnation)
|Jurisdiction||New South Wales|
|Headquarters||105 Phillip Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia|
|Government Department executive|
The New South Wales Department of Education, a department of the Government of New South Wales, is responsible for the delivery and co-ordination of early childhood, primary school, secondary school, vocational education, adult, migrant and higher education in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
The department was previous known as the Department of Education and Training (DET) between December 1997 and April 2011, and the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) between April 2011 and July 2015.
The department's powers are principally drawn from the Education Act, 1990 (NSW).
The head of the department is its secretary, presently Georgina Harrisson. The secretary reports to the Minister for Education and Early Learning, currently The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC; supported by the Minister for Skills and Training, currently The Hon. Alister Henskens . Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.
With a budget of more than A$8 billion, and over 2,240 schools with a total enrolment of almost one million students, the department represents roughly one-quarter of the State's total budget each year.
|Name||Title||Term start||Term end||Time in office||Notes|
|William Wills||Secretary of the Board of National Education||12 February 1849||October 1863||14 years, 261 days|
|William Wilkins||October 1863||December 1866||21 years, 12 days|
|Secretary of the Council of Education||January 1867||30 April 1880|
|Under-Secretary of the Department of Public Instruction||1 May 1880||12 November 1884|
|Edwin Johnson||13 November 1884||10 April 1894||9 years, 148 days|
|John Maynard||10 April 1894||1 October 1903||9 years, 174 days|
|Frederick Bridges (acting)||1 October 1903||7 February 1905||1 year, 129 days|
|Peter Board||Director of Education||8 February 1905||31 December 1922||17 years, 326 days|
|Stephen Smith||1 January 1923||1 August 1930||7 years, 212 days|
|G. Ross Thomas||2 August 1930||21 September 1940||10 years, 50 days|
|John McKenzie||22 September 1940||29 November 1952||12 years, 68 days|
|Sir Harold Wyndham||Director-General of Education||1 December 1952||31 December 1968||16 years, 30 days|
|David Verco||1 January 1969||3 July 1972||3 years, 184 days|
|John Buggie||4 July 1972||18 February 1977||4 years, 229 days|
|Douglas Swan||21 February 1977||8 July 1985||8 years, 137 days|
|Robert Winder||10 July 1985||29 April 1988||2 years, 294 days|
|Fenton Sharpe||Director-General of School Education||30 April 1988||12 November 1991||3 years, 196 days|
|Dr Ken Boston||Director-General of Education and Training
Managing Director of TAFE NSW
|2 January 1992||12 July 2002||10 years, 191 days|
|Jan McLelland||22 October 2002||22 January 2004||1 year, 92 days|
|Andrew Cappie-Wood||22 January 2004||14 April 2007||3 years, 82 days|
|Michael Coutts-Trotter||14 April 2007||28 March 2011||3 years, 348 days|
|Dr Michele Bruniges||7 September 2011||3 February 2014||4 years, 207 days|
|Director-General of Education and Communities
Managing Director of TAFE NSW
|3 February 2014||1 July 2015|
|Secretary of the Department of Education||1 July 2015||1 April 2016|
|Peter Riordan (acting)||4 April 2016||31 August 2016|
|Mark Scott||1 September 2016||23 April 2021|
|Georgina Harrisson||24 May 2021||incumbent||1 year, 183 days|
In 1957 a committee was appointed to survey secondary education in New South Wales to survey and report on the provision of full-time education for adolescents. The resulting report was known as the Wyndham Report.
in 1974, the Australian Capital Territory Schools Authority took over responsibility for nearly 60 government schools that were previously under the control of New South Wales.