AHISA Hails Tony Cook as New Education Secretary

Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia

The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) congratulates Mr Tony Cook PSM on his appointment as Secretary of the Australian Department of Education, commencing in April 2023.

“Mr Cook is well-known and highly regarded in the non-government schools sector, from his previous work in the federal Department and from his former roles as Director-General of Queensland’s Department of Education and Deputy Secretary at the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development,” said AHISA CEO Dr Chris Duncan.

“As the Government seeks to implement the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan and negotiate a new National School Reform Agreement, we welcome the knowledge that such an experienced administrator with deep knowledge of the sector will be leading the Department,” said Dr Duncan.

“AHISA also acknowledges the outstanding contribution of Dr Michele Bruniges AM as Department Secretary, especially her leadership of the Department’s support for schools during the Covid-19 response and, most recently, the smooth transition of Education to a stand-alone Department,” said Dr Duncan. “We wish Dr Bruniges well in her next ventures.”

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