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Acting Director-General​​

​​Patrea Walton

In her current role as Acting Director-General for the Department of Education, Patrea’s commitment to the vision of every student succeeding has driven her career-long journey in Queensland education. Patrea began at a chalkboard in Surat State School and has included service as a school teacher and principal, as Chief Executive of the former Queensland Studies Authority, and as Deputy Director-General responsible for their operations and performance of Queensland state schools.

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With responsibility for more than half a million students, 1241 schools and staff from Tagai to Tallebudgera, Patrea knows that great student outcomes are built on a foundation of empowered principals.

In 2016, Patrea’s outstanding contributions to education were recognised by the Queensland branch of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, who awarded her with the Certificate of Excellence in Educational Leadership.

She was also awarded the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) CEO Diversity Champion Award, which recognises an organisational leader who exemplifies commitment to employee empowerment and excellence in workplace diversity.

In 2017 her services to public education were recognised through the awarding of a Public Service Medal.​

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16 March 2018