Scott to head DoE

Mark Scott when he was a senior journalist at Fairfax

Former ABC managing director Mark Scott AO will take up his new role as the NSW Department of Education’s new Secretary in August.

Premier Mike Baird’s media release announcing Mr Scott’s appointment said Mr Scott had worked “in senior roles for two education ministers in the Greiner Government, Virginia Chadwick and Terry Metherell”.

Federation President Maurie Mulheron had a short meeting with Mr Scott on the day his appointment was made public.

Mr Mulheron said he looks forward to a lengthier, more formal meeting with Mr Scott when he officially starts with the Department, to inform him of the current priorities and challenges facing the NSW public education system.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said: “I look forward to working with Mark to continue delivering the most comprehensive set of reforms of school education in a century. Our focus remains on improving student results and delivering the skills base needed to grow the NSW economy.”

Mr Scott worked at Fairfax publications in editorial and executive roles before moving to the ABC, where he spent the past decade as managing director.

“On leaving the ABC, I was asked what I planned to do next. I can think of no more important opportunity than working alongside the teachers of NSW and the staff of the Department to improve teaching and learning in our schools,” Mr Scott was quoted in the Premier’s media release.

Later, in response to a question via Twitter by journalist Quentin Dempster about where he stood on full funding of the Gonski needs-based funding model, Mr Scott tweeted: “Strong supporter. Glad NSW Government has led the country in funding its share and pushing full federal funding.”

Mr Scott replaces Michele Bruniges, who is now Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.