Associate Secretary and Deputy Secretaries


Information on the Associate Secretary and Deputy Secretaries at the Department of Education and Training.

Associate Secretary

Tony Cook

Tony Cook – Schools and Youth

Tony Cook is the Associate Secretary - Schools and Youth.

Before joining the Department in October 2011, Tony was Deputy Secretary, Government and Corporate with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Tony has held a number of senior executive education positions including those of Deputy Secretary, Office for Children and Portfolio Coordination, Deputy Secretary, Office for Planning, Strategy and Coordination and General Manager, Student Learning within the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Tony began his education career with Education Queensland.

Tony is a registered primary school teacher with a major in early childhood education and has been a deputy principal and taught in schools and preschools in Queensland and the United Kingdom. Tony holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the Queensland University of Technology. In October 2013 Tony was made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council for Education Leaders and in January 2014 he was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service, especially in driving schools policy and funding reform in Australia.

Deputy Secretary

Dr Subho Banerjee

Dr Subho Banerjee – Skills and Training

Subho Banerjee took up his position as a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Education and Training in December 2014.   He is responsible for the skills and training functions of the Department.

He has previously held senior executive positions in a number of Australian Public Service departments, providing policy advice across a broad range of environmental, social and economic policy issues.

Subho has also worked as a management consultant in the private sector, and for an Indigenous policy think-tank

Subho has a BSc and a PhD in physics from the Australian National University. He also completed masters studies in environmental policy, and economic and social history, at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar.

Acting Deputy Secretary

Jessie Borthwick

Jessie Borthwick
Acting Deputy Secretary - Higher Education Reform and Support


Jessie Borthwick is Acting Deputy Secretary for Higher Education Reform and Support in the Department of Education and Training.

Previously she was Head of Tertiary Quality and Participation Division in the former Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, having returned to the Department in 2011 from the Australian National University where she worked as Executive Director, Strategy for the Australian National Institute for Public Policy.

Before that Jessie was Division Head for Science and Research in the former Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research. She has also been Group Manager, Science and Group Manager, Strategic Analysis and Evaluation in the former Department of Education Science and Training. Jessie has extensive experience at senior levels in state and Commonwealth agencies across tertiary education including in the NSW TAFE Commission, the Employment and Skills Formation Council, the Australian National Training Authority and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.