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

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.

Acting Deputy Secretary

Deb Efthymiades

Deb Efthymiades

Schools and Youth

Deb Efthymiades is the acting Deputy Secretary of the Schools and Youth Cluster. The cluster oversees all policy and programmes relating to the Commonwealth’s role in school education – in addition to the transitions to and from schooling and quality early learning functions of the department. Deb’s substantive role is Group Manager, Schooling.

Before joining the department in early 2013, Deb held a range of senior positions in the Northern Territory Department of Education, including Deputy Chief Executive Policy, Planning and Performance. She also had significant periods overseeing teaching and learning, Indigenous policy and strategic policy and performance areas of the NT Department of Education. Many of these roles provided opportunities to work closely with very remote Indigenous communities, schools, leaders and educators across areas such as literacy and numeracy, curriculum, assessment and school improvement.

Deb started in her career as a primary teacher in south-western Sydney in the mid-1980’s and spent seven years as a lecturer in Mathematics Education and Bachelor of Teaching coordinator at the University of New South Wales (St George Campus).

Deb holds a Master of Education in Curriculum Development from the University of Sydney and a Master of International Management from Charles Darwin University. Deb completed the ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program in 2015.