Michele Bruniges

Michele Denise Bruniges AM (born 1 June 1957)[citation needed] is an Australian teacher and education administrator. In April 2016 she began her role as Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Dr Michele Bruniges

Secretary of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Assumed office
4 April 2016
Preceded byLisa Paul
Personal details
Michele Denise Henrick

(1957-06-01) 1 June 1957 (age 63)
Tumut, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse(s)Paul Bruniges
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales
OccupationPublic servant

Bruniges has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Measurement, a master's 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.


Bruniges began her teaching career in 1980 at Leppington Public School prior to becoming a high school teacher of Mathematics and Computing at St Johns Park High School and Ingleburn High School. She also taught in TAFE NSW and the Adult Migrant Education Service.[1]

From 2005 to 2008 Bruniges was Chief Executive of the Australian Capital Territory ACT Department of Education and Training. She held various Federal positions with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), including Deputy Secretary for the Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care; Deputy Secretary, Schools and Associate Secretary, Schools and Youth.

She was appointed as Director-General of the NSW Department of Education and Training in July 2011 and commenced on 7 September 2011.[2]

From 2012 to 2015 Bruniges was also an Honorary Adjunct Professor of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales.[3]

In March 2016, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Bruniges' appointment as the Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.[4][5][6][7] The department is now known as Department of Education, Skills and Employment since February 2020.


  • Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 26 January 2012.
For service to public administration through executive roles, and as a contributor to reform in the education sector at state and national levels.[8]
  • Presidential Citation, Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), 2011.
For high level leadership of public education.[9]
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE), 2009.
For a distinguished career in educational leadership and management and in particular valued and well respected contributions to school education sustained over many years.[10]
To investigate ways to monitor, analyse and report progress in student achievement in the US and The Netherlands.[11]


  1. ^ "New director-general of education appointed". dec.nsw.gov.au. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Dr Michele Bruniges". acer.edu.au. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Director-General of Education joins UNSW". UNSW.
  4. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull announces secretaries for three public service departments". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. 10 March 2016. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016.
  5. ^ Turnbull, Malcolm (10 March 2016). "Dr Michele Bruniges AM" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 March 2016.
  6. ^ "NSW Education boss takes federal secretary role in Canberra". The Mandarin. 10 March 2016.
  7. ^ Knott, Matthew (10 March 2016). "Turnbull government's new education chief strong Gonski backer". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016.
  8. ^ "BRUNIGES, Michele Denise". itsanhonour.gov.au. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Dr Michele Bruniges". acer.edu.au. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Dr Michele Bruniges FACE". austcolled.com.au. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Ms Michele Bruniges". churchilltrust.com.au. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
Government offices
Preceded by
Lisa Paul
Secretary of the
Department of Education, Skills and Employment