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Senior Executives

Director-General, Ms Diane Joseph

The Director-General is responsible for the efficient administration of the Directorate and establishing its corporate and strategic directions.

The Director-General is responsible for implementing legal requirements, policy and commitments relating to education and training in the ACT.

Deputy Director-General, Ms Leanne Cover

The Deputy Director-General oversees key strategic planning and coordination activities across the Directorate, manages a range of national and whole of government initiatives and responds to issues at ministerial, intergovernmental and key stakeholder levels.

The Deputy Director-General leads the Office for Schools, Governance and Assurance, and Training and Tertiary Education branches.

Executive Director, Organisational Integrity, Ms Meg Brighton

The Executive Director, Organisational Integrity has responsibility for the planning and coordination of human, financial, information technology and physical resources of the Directorate. The Executive Director manages the modernisation of the information and communication technology infrastructure and planning and construction of new schools through the annual capital works program of the Directorate. The Executive Director is also responsible for the coordination of the national assessment programs, performance reporting and the assessment of educational programs through the management of a range of data collections.

The Executive Director leads Strategic Finance, Infrastructure and Capital Works, People and Performance, and Planning and Performance branches and Information and Knowledge Services section of the Directorate.

Executive Director, Education Strategy, Mr Stephen Gniel

The Executive Director, Education Strategy has responsibility for the development and implementation of educational strategy and delivery of educational support services in public schools. The Executive Director leads the development and implementation of the school improvement framework through student-centred learning and teaching initiatives. Support services are provided in the areas of student welfare and transitions, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, early childhood and special education programs.

The Executive Director leads the School Performance, Student Engagement, and Learning and Teaching branches.

Remuneration for Senior Executives

Section 10 of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995 requires its administrative body (the Tribunal) to inquire into and determine the remuneration, allowances and other entitlements of the Director-General and executives within the meaning of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

The Tribunal, through a determination in April 2014, increased the remuneration for the Director-General and executives by two percent, with effect from 1 July 2014.

Directorate Committees

The Directorate committee structure is designed to improve the effectiveness of decision making, and to ensure that decisions align with delegations and accountability, and deliver on the commitments of the Strategic Plan. Individual committee performance and terms of reference are reviewed annually and reported to the Senior Executive Team. The committees and their roles are discussed below.

Senior Executive Team

The Senior Executive Team is the peak decision-making body of the Directorate and is responsible for significant operational, policy and resourcing decisions and approvals. The Senior Executive Team sets and reviews the strategic direction of the Directorate and monitors performance in key areas, including educational and financial performance. The Team is also responsible for ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, accounting standards and Directorate policies.

Corporate Executive

The Corporate Executive assists the Senior Executive Team in determining priorities through providing advice in relation to strategic policy and management issues. The Corporate Executive receives and considers reports from the Directorate's committees and reviews, and advises on any issues referred to it by the Director-General. It may establish working groups to undertake specific tasks. Outcomes from Corporate Executive meetings are communicated to staff and other committees as appropriate.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee monitors and reviews Directorate adherence to relevant legislative requirements and its approach to business ethics and corporate conduct. The committee is responsible for overseeing the risk management and audit functions. This committee also reviews the annual financial statements and provides advice to the Director-General on significant risks, audit outcomes and implementation of mitigation strategies.

Security and Emergency Management Committee

The Security and Emergency Management Committee provides advice to the Director-General on significant security proposals, directions, policies and training. The Committee acts as the Directorate's decision making and coordinating body in the event of a Territory-wide emergency.

Directorate Consultative Committee

The Directorate Consultative Committee was established in accordance with the relevant enterprise agreements. The main objectives of the Consultative Committee are to improve consultation and communication processes between staff, senior managers and unions regarding significant changes to policy and guidelines that relate to the agreements; promote the sharing of information across the Directorate, and provide a forum for consultation.

Respect, Equity and Diversity Consultative Committee

The Respect, Equity and Diversity Consultative Committee provides a forum for sharing current and emerging issues and has the responsibility for overseeing all respect, equity and diversity functions of the Directorate and its employees. The RED Consultative Committee provides advice and contributes to the development and implementation of Directorate plans. The committee also provides advice on the implementation of whole of government plans.

School Network Reference Group

The School Network Reference Group (SNRG) is a communication and consultation group. The SNRG considers key strategic policy and operational matters and provides advice to the Corporate Executive and Senior Executive Team. The group raises policy and operational issues impacting on effectiveness and improvement from a school perspective.

Information and Communication Technology Working Group

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group assists the Director-General through developing and implementing ICT policies, programs and strategies. The ICT Working Group makes recommendations to Corporate Executive about ICT strategic directions, policies and proposals for system-wide ICT initiatives.

Workforce Capability Working Group

The Workforce Capability Working Group assists the Director-General to create a networked learning organisation by developing the workforce capability of all staff. The focus of this group is to set strategic directions, improve strategic planning, ensure alignment and provide governance for the Directorate's professional learning and training activities. The Workforce Capability Working Group supports the development of staff and their practices by building a workforce responsible and empowered to drive their professional learning and training needs and improving business productivity and learning outcomes for students.

For further information contact:
Governance and Assurance
(02) 6205 9329