After 9 years, the tenure of the Board Chair, Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus John Hattie, will end on 1 July 2023. Although Professor Hattie is leaving AITSL, he will continue his focus on changing the lives of Australia’s students through his many other avenues across the education landscape. 

According to AITSL CEO, Mark Grant, “During his time leading AITSL, John has firmly positioned AITSL as a national leader in education policy reform, supporting jurisdictions and education employers to focus on quality teaching and leadership. Having seen him in action, there is no doubt about the respect he has and authority he brings when talking about education. He is, quite literally, an educational rockstar.

“John has been a tireless advocate for the profession, the expertise of those in it, and the work of AITSL. His positioning of AITSL as the honest broker in Australia’s education architecture is a prime example of the significant impact that John has had in leading AITSL’s work,” AITSL CEO, Mark Grant said.

As a passionate expert focused on driving real change that is impactful, evidence based and measurable, Professor John Hattie has led the charge on important work across the career lifecycle of teachers and leaders. His influence and advice have driven significant advancements in preparation, induction and development of teachers – always with a focus on expertise as the central tenet of teaching. 

He has been instrumental in driving improvements in the focus on the leadership capacity and capability of our school leaders, a key to improving education outcomes for Australia’s 4 million students. The profession and Australia’s students will all benefit from the legacy that he leaves us at AITSL.

The Minister for Education, the Honourable Jason Clare MP announced AITSL’s new Chair, Dr Michele Bruniges AM, early today. Dr Bruniges has worked in education for more than 4 decades and is currently the Chair of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Governing Board. She was previously the Secretary of the federal Department of Education and a Director on the AITSL Board.


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Note for Editors - The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Australian, state and territory governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. AITSL is predominantly funded by the Australian Government.