Deputy Secretaries


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

Associate Secretary

Tony Cook

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.

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.

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.

Acting Deputy Secretary

Jessie Borthwick

Jessie Borthwick

Higher Education, Research and International

Jessie Borthwick is acting Deputy Secretary for Higher Education, Research and International, a position she has occupied since June 2015.

Prior to this, Jessie was acting Deputy Secretary, Higher Education Reform and Support, from April 2014, and Group Manager, Higher Education in the Department of Education and Training.

Earlier, Jessie was Head of Division across a range of policy and program areas covering tertiary education policy and regulation, research, science and infrastructure in the Department of Education and Training and predecessors. From 2010 to 2011, she held the position of Executive Director, Strategy in the Australian National Institute for Public Policy at the Australian National University.

Jessie has extensive experience at senior levels in state and Commonwealth agencies across tertiary education including in the New South Wales Technical and Further Education Commission, the Employment and Skills Formation Council, the Australian National Training Authority and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.