Deputy Secretaries


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

Deputy Secretary

Jessie Borthwick

Jackie Wilson

Early Childhood and Child Care

Jackie Wilson is the Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood and Child Care.

Jackie and the Early Childhood and Child Care cluster are playing a key role in developing the Australian Government's Jobs for Families child care package, which is a comprehensive reform package to deliver on the Government's commitment to a more affordable, accessible and flexible child care system.

Prior to this Jackie was a Deputy Secretary at Social Services, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Immigration.

Jackie gained significant experience from a number of senior positions in a variety of Commonwealth portfolios in programme and policy areas; these covered health, disability, community services, education, employment, budget and finance issues.

Jackie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Australian National University.

Deputy Secretary

David Learmonth

David Learmonth

Higher Education, Research and International

David Learmonth is the Deputy Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International.

David recently joined Department of Education from the Department of Human Services where he was responsible for ensuring the delivery of effective and efficient welfare related payment programmes, such as age pension, child care benefits, rural and multicultural, child support, and family payments.

Prior to joining the Department of Human Services in 2015, David held the role of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health from 2006, where he was responsible for medical benefits, pharmaceutical benefits, private health insurance, Indigenous health and sport.  He was also Head, Industry Division of the Defence Materiel Organisation where he was responsible for international cooperation, export and industry policy.  His career has also included positions in aged care and Veterans' Affairs.

Deputy Secretary

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Smith

Corporate Strategy

Before joining the Department in October 2016, Carolyn was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Organisational Capability with the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Carolyn has wide ranging experience in complex structural change, policy development and implementation, program management, corporate and regulation and has held senior executive positions in the Departments of Social Services, Health and Ageing and Finance.

Carolyn was responsible for ageing and aged care for many years, spanning policy, program management and regulation of the aged care system. This included responsibility for development and implementation of major aged care reform. Prior to her work in aged care, Carolyn was responsible for the National Immunisation Program and the introduction of a Bowel Cancer Screening Program. She was also a senior health negotiator on the Australian United States Free Trade Agreement, with particular focus on pharmaceutical issues.

A/g Deputy Secretary

Alex Gordon

Alex Gordon

Schools and Youth

Alex Gordon is the Acting Deputy Secretary for the Schools and Youth Cluster in the Department of Education and Training.

A/g Deputy Secretary

Dr Subho Banerjee

Dr James Hart

James Hart is the Acting Deputy Secretary for the Skills and Training Cluster in the Department of Education and Training.

Previously, James was the Group Manager of the Research and Economic Group and headed up the Skills Programs Group as well as a range of roles in the Education Portfolio.

James has 15 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service, which includes positions in public health, occupational health, workplace relations, including employee entitlements, and education.

Prior to joining the public service, James completed a PhD in medicine from Monash University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian National University.

A/g Deputy Secretary

Matt Yannopoulos

Matt Yannopoulos

Child Care Reform Implementation Team

Matt joined the department on secondment in July 2017. He is currently responsible for the leadership and direction of the Program of Child Care Reform Implementation including the build of the new IT system supporting the child care reforms.

Prior to this, Matt was the First Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Investment Division at the Department of Health. Matt previously held roles as the Chief Information Officer, where he was responsible for the management and operation of IT functions.

Matt has also held other significant roles throughout government, such as Portfolio CIO of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and as the Department of Defence's first Chief Technology Officer.