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David de Carvalho

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Alumni Advisory Council



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David de Carvalho is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). He has extensive experience in leading major reforms at both national and state level and a deep personal passion for, and understanding of, education.

Immediately prior to ACARA, he was CEO of the NSW Education Standards Authority. He has held senior roles in the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and the Commonwealth departments the Treasury, Health and Ageing, Finance and Deregulation, Education, and Prime Minister and Cabinet. From 1998-2003 he was CEO of the National Catholic Education Commission. He started his career as a secondary school teacher, and has served on the boards of the Australian Council of Educational Research and the Curriculum Corporation (now Education Services Australia).


David de Carvalho graduated from the Executive Master of Public Administration in 2011 and is a member of ANZSOG’s Alumni Advisory Council. To find out more about the Alumni Advisory Council, click here