Lisa Paul

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Lisa Paul
AO PSM
Lisa Paul & Peter Varghese 2014.jpg
Paul (left) with Peter Varghese (right) in 2014
Secretary of the Department of Education and Training
In office
23 December 2014 – 29 January 2016
Secretary of the Department of Education
In office
18 September 2013 – 23 December 2014
Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
In office
3 December 2007 – 18 September 2013
Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training
In office
26 October 2004 – 3 December 2007
Personal details
Born Lisa Marian Paul
California, United States
Nationality Australia Australian
Alma mater Australian National University (BA)
Occupation Public servant

Lisa Marian Paul AO PSM is a former senior Australian public servant and policymaker. She was the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training until February 2016.[1][2]

Background and early life[edit]

Lisa Paul was born in California, United States,[1] the daughter of two teachers.[3] When she was young, Paul and her family moved to Christchurch, New Zealand and then to Adelaide, South Australia following her father's job opportunities.[3] Paul holds an Arts degree she obtained from the Australian National University.[3]

Career[edit]

After a first-job working at Target Newton in Adelaide,[4] Paul's first public service role was in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government Housing Trust.[3] Her career in the ACT public sector included the time during the ACT's transition to self-government.[5]

Paul led the Commonwealth's domestic response to the 2002 Bali bombings while a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Family and Community Services.[6]

Paul was appointed Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training in October 2004.[7][8] The Department was split into two in 2013 after the Abbott Government took power and Paul was appointed Secretary of the Department of Education.[9] She was also named to head the new Department of Education and Training when the Department was formed in December 2014, encompassing much of the previous department.

In December 2015, Paul announced her intention to leave her role at the Department of Education and Training in February 2016.[10]

In December 2016 Paul was appointed a member of the Australian Government's Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.[11]

Awards[edit]

In October 2003 Paul was awarded a Public Service Medal for her role as Chair of the Commonwealth Bali Interagency Taskforce.[12]

In June 2011 Paul was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public sector leadership in key policy and program implementation, particularly through driving reform in education, employment and workplace.[13] Also in 2011 she was named Federal Government Leader of the Year.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomson, Phillip (4 December 2015). "Lisa Paul to leave Department of Education and Training as APS reshuffle continues". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Grattan, Michelle (4 December 2015). "Education department secretary Lisa Paul quits". The Conversation Media Group. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Malone 2006, p. 46.
  4. ^ Five minutes with Lisa Paul Tweet (PDF), Australian Government, 2013, archived (PDF) from the original on 4 April 2016, retrieved 16 January 2017 
  5. ^ THE AUSTRALIAN HISTORY SUMMIT, 17 AUGUST 2006: BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS OF SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS, 2006, p. 8 
  6. ^ Malone 2006, p. 45.
  7. ^ "Lisa Paul and the Department of Education". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. 5 December 2005. p. 11. 
  8. ^ Howard, John (22 October 2004). "Appointments of Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Towell, Noel (18 September 2013). "Three public service department heads sacked by Abbott government". The Singleton Argus. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Education secretary Lisa Paul to exit public service". The Mandarin. Private Media. 4 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Pyne, Christopher. "Appointment Of Board Members To The Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board". Media release (Press release). Christopher Pyne MP. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Search Australian Honours: PAUL, Lisa Marian", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government 
  13. ^ "Search Australian Honours: PAUL, Lisa Marian", itsanhonour.gov.au, Australian Government 
  14. ^ "Lisa Paul's work recognised". The Australian. News Corp Australia. 19 October 2011. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. 

References and further reading[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Jeff Harmer
Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training
2004 – 2007
Succeeded by
Herself
as Secretary of the Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace Relations
Preceded by
Peter Boxall
Secretary of the
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

2007 – 2013
Succeeded by
Herself
as Secretary of the Department of Education
Preceded by
Herself
as Secretary of the Department of Education,
Science and Training
Succeeded by
Renée Leon
as Secretary of the Department of Employment
Preceded by
Herself
as Secretary of the Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace Relations
Secretary of the Department of Education
2013 – 2014
Succeeded by
Herself
as Secretary of the Department of Education and Training
Preceded by
Herself
as Secretary of the Department of Education
Secretary of the Department of Education and Training
2014 – 2016
Succeeded by
Michele Bruniges