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Deputy Director-General State Schools

Patrea Walton

A commitment to the vision of every student succeeding has driven Patrea Walton on a career-long journey in Queensland education, which began at a chalkboard in Surat State School. This ​journey has included service as a school teacher and principal, as Chief Executive of the former Queensland Studies Authority, as Deputy Director-General for State Schools, responsible for the operations and performance of Queensland State Schools, and currently as the Acting Director-General for the Department of Education.​

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With responsibility for more than half a million students, 1,​240 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 th​rough the awarding of a Public Service Medal.

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Office address

Street Address

Education House
30 Mary Street
Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Postal address

Postal Address

PO Box 15033
City East, QLD, 4002
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Last updated
29 June 2018