Associate Secretaries and Deputy Secretary


Information on Associate Secretary and Deputy Secretary at the Department of Education and Training.

Associate Secretaries

Tony Cook

Tony Cook – Schools and Youth

Tony Cook is the Associate Secretary - Schools and Youth.

Before joining the Department in October 2011, Tony was Deputy Secretary, Government and Corporate with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Tony has held a number of senior executive education positions including those of Deputy Secretary, Office for Children and Portfolio Coordination, Deputy Secretary, Office for Planning, Strategy and Coordination and General Manager, Student Learning within the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Tony began his education career with Education Queensland.

Tony is a registered primary school teacher with a major in early childhood education and has been a deputy principal and taught in schools and preschools in Queensland and the United Kingdom. Tony holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the Queensland University of Technology. In October 2013 Tony was made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council for Education Leaders and in January 2014 he was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service, especially in driving schools policy and funding reform in Australia.

Robert Griew

Robert Griew – Higher Education, Research and International

Robert Griew is the Associate Secretary - Higher Education, Research and International.

Robert has a distinguished career spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Robert spent the first 28 years of his career focused on health and community services, including four years as Secretary of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, and senior positions in New South Wales and Victoria. He spent more than 10 years managing Commonwealth health and community services, including running the Commonwealth aged care and Aboriginal health programmes. He has run his own consulting business doing both technical and organisational development work and held senior positions in the community health sector.

Robert moved to the education sector in 2008 and, prior to joining the department as part of the 2013 Machinery of Government changes, has been responsible for labour market strategy, tertiary education and Indigenous employment programmes.

He has previously chaired ministerial advisory councils including the National Public Health Partnership, and most recently the National Senior Officials’ Committee supporting tertiary education ministers. Past directorships include the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research, the National Health Advisory Council, the New South Wales Legal Aid Commission and Australian Hearing.

Robert has a bachelor’s degree in health science and education, a master’s degree in public health and a graduate economics degree from the Australian National University.

Deputy Secretary

Dr Subho Banerjee

Dr Subho Banerjee – Skills and Training

Subho Banerjee took up his position as a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Education and Training in December 2014.   He is responsible for the skills and training functions of the Department.

He has previously held senior executive positions in a number of Australian Public Service departments, providing policy advice across a broad range of environmental, social and economic policy issues.

Subho has also worked as a management consultant in the private sector, and for an Indigenous policy think-tank

Subho has a BSc and a PhD in physics from the Australian National University. He also completed masters studies in environmental policy, and economic and social history, at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar.