Our Board

The ACARA Board was announced in May 2009 and held its first meeting on 21–22 May 2009. The ACARA Board has a Chair, Deputy Chair and 11 other members, nominated by the Australian Government and all education streams (independent, government and Catholic) across states and territories. 

 ACARA Board 

Norm Hart

Mr Norm Hart

Acting Chair

Mr Hart is former president of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA), appointed to APPA in January 2011. He began his teaching career on Palm Island, Queensland, in 1975 and was appointed as a primary school principal in 1978. Over a thirty-year period, Mr Hart led small one-teacher schools through to large schools with over 700 students. He has also held the positions of the president of the Queensland Association of State School Principals and the Australian Government Primary Principals Association. Until his retirement on 31 December 2014 as APPA president, Mr Hart represented principals in government, Catholic and independent primary schools across Australia. 

Appointment term commencement – 24 May 2018
Board member
 Ms Meg Brighton
Deputy Director-General,
 nominee of the Australian Capital Territory Minister for Education
 Ms Susan Cameron
Executive Director, Learning Improvement,
 nominee of the South Australian Minister for Education
 Mr Stephen Gniel
 Chief Executive Officer at Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority,
 nominee of the Victorian Minister for Education
 Ms Carolyn Grantskalns
 Chief Executive Officer, 
 nominee of Independent Schools Australia
 Mr Peter Kelly
 Deputy Director-General, State Schools,  
 nominee of the Queensland Minister for Education
 Dr Sofia Kesidou
Executive Director, Assessment Standards,
 NSW Education Standards Authority,
 nominee of the New South Wales Minister for Education
 Mr Tony Luttrell
 Director, Strategic Data Management,
 nominee of the Tasmanian Minister for Education
 Dr Neil McGoran 
 Director, Catholic Education South Australia, 
 nominee of the National Catholic Education Commission
  Ms Leanne Nixon
  Deputy Secretary,
  School Performance North, Department of Education, New South Wales
  nominee of the Northern Territory Minister for Education
  Mr Derek Scott
Chief Executive Officer | Principal
  Haileybury, Victoria
  nominee of Australian Government Minister for Education

 Board members may be reappointed.
 The maximum period of appointment cannot exceed six years.