Tony Cook PSM
Schools and Youth
Tony Cook PSM is the the Associate Secretary for 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.
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.
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.
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.