Michele Bruniges, 2010
Deputy Secretary, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australia

Dr Bruniges joined the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in October 2008 as Deputy Secretary for the Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care. She moved to her current position as Deputy Secretary, Schools, in April 2009 to focus on delivering the Australian Government's commitments for school education.

From 2005-2008 Dr Bruniges was Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Education and Training. Prior to this she held several senior positions within the New South Wales Department of Education and Training in areas of curriculum, assessment and reporting and strategic information and planning.

Dr Bruniges has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Measurement, a Masters Degree in Education from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies and a Diploma in Teaching from the Goulburn College of Advanced Education.

She is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and the recipient of numerous professional awards, including a Churchill Fellowship to study student achievement in education in the US and the Netherlands, an Exceptional Service Award from the Professional Teachers Council New South Wales for promoting teacher professionalism and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.