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Sharyn O’Neill - Director General

Sharyn O’Neill was appointed Director General of the then Department of Education and Training in June 2007, the youngest director general of the education portfolio ever appointed in the State. 

With a clear focus on students at the centre of all decisions, her 2007 Classroom First strategy was a blueprint for the future and gave a clear mandate for public education – for every student to be successful, every teacher to be effective and every school to be good. 

It is this vision and commitment that now sees her lead the new Department of Education, which was established on 1 July 2017, with responsibility for both public and non-government education services. Ms O’Neill is also the Chief Executive Officer of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

Ms O’Neill has a Master of Education (Education Administration and Policy) and is a member of the Australian Education Senior Officials Committee. She is currently serving on a number of State Government working groups.

In 2016 she was awarded the Institute of Public Administration (WA) Patrons Award and was also made a Fellow of the Institute in recognition of her contribution to public administration in Western Australia.


From the Director General