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​Dr Jim Watterston

​Dr Jim Watterston brings more than 30 years of experience — as a teacher, a school principal, an academic and a departmental leader — to his role as Director-General of the Department of Education and Training.​​

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Having previously led wide-ranging education reforms in the Australian Capital Territory's Department of Education and Training, and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood, Jim brings to Queensland a passion for improving school and training outcomes, and an enthusiasm about what is possible. Jim's focus for Queensland is on supporting and empowering local educators to become autonomous leaders of their learning communities, and on achieving better education and training outcomes for students.

Jim, who holds masters and doctoral degrees in education, is President of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, and is an advocate for the sector through various professional and academic affiliations. Jim is also an ardent supporter of efforts to increase the representation of women in leadership roles — particularly in the education and training sectors.

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Office of the Director-General

Street Address

Level 37, 1WS
1 William Street
Brisbane, QLD, 4000

​Postal address

Postal Address

PO Box 15033
City East
Brisbane, QLD, 4002
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Last updated
24 October 2017