Peter Johnson

Peter had an extensive and diverse career with the NSW Department of Education, Peter has been a teacher, primary school principal, demographic planner and human resource practitioner.


Having recently retired from the position of Executive Director, People and Services, with responsibility for the Department’s human resources and business services functions, Peter has over 37 years experience in the public sector. His human resource management experience spans the last 25 years across a range of senior roles.


Peter has also relieved for extended periods as Deputy Director-General/Deputy Secretary, leading the Department’s diverse Corporate Services team, as a member of the Department’s Executive.


He has been an active participant in high level NSW government committees and working parties, at the forefront of the government’s public sector workforce reforms. He was a member of the Government Sector Employment Reform Reference Group, the Human Capital Management Executive Steering Group and the Executive Development Reference Group convened by the NSW Public Service Commission.


He also represented the Department on the NSW BOSTES[i] Initial Teacher Education Committee and the AITSL[ii] Teacher Quality Advisory Committee, and represented the AEEYSOC[iii] on the AITSL National Initial Teacher Education Advisory Committee.


During his teaching career, Peter was the Federation Representative in the schools in which he worked, was a member of his local teachers’ association executive and represented teachers on the NSW Teachers Federation Council and at Annual Conference.


He also represented principals as President of his local Primary Principals’ Council and on Departmental reference groups and working parties.


Peter was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015 for outstanding public service to education in NSW. He has a Diploma in Teaching, a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business (Human Resource Management). He is a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Justice of the Peace.


[i] Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards

[ii] Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership

[iii] Australian Education, Early Childhood and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee