The Board of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has announced that David de Carvalho has commenced his role as the organisation’s new CEO.
He brings with him a wealth of leadership experience from the education sector, and from the public sector at both the Commonwealth and state government level. His most recent position was as Chief Executive of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), which he held since January 2017.
“On behalf of the ACARA Board and staff, I congratulate David on his appointment and am delighted to welcome him as ACARA’s new CEO. David has significant experience and expertise in education,” said ACARA Board Chair, Belinda Robinson.
In addition to his wealth of experience in the education sector, Mr de Carvalho has also served on ACARA’s Board since November 2017.
“I look forward to continue working with David and supporting his leadership of Australia’s national curriculum, assessment and reporting authority to achieve ACARA’s mission of improving the learning outcomes for all young Australians,” added Ms Robinson.
Mr de Carvalho’s has previously served as Deputy Secretary at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, has led the National Catholic Education Commission and was Head of the Higher Education Division in the federal government Department of Education.
He started his career as a secondary school teacher, and has served on the boards of the Australian Council for Educational Research and the Curriculum Corporation (now Education Services Australia).
Mr de Carvalho was appointed as CEO for ACARA following an extensive executive search process. He officially commenced his new role on 4 March 2019.