A key figure in WA’s education department is stepping down.

Lisa Rodgers, the Director General of the West Australian Department of Education, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). 

Rodgers will transition into her new role later this year, prompting an immediate search for her successor.

ACER is a major education research organisation with operations across Australia and internationally. 

Ms Rodgers has been with the Department of Education since January 2019. During her tenure, she played a role in navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, positioning Western Australia's response as a national leader. 

Her innovative approach and dedication to public education have been widely recognised. 

In 2021, she received the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Western Australian Pre Eminent Educational Leader Award and was named an Australian Council of Educational Leaders Fellow in 2023.

“I would like to thank the Director General for her six years of exceptional service and dedication,” Education Minister Dr Tony Buti says.  

“Ms Rodgers' time has been marked by unparalleled commitment, innovative thinking, and tireless efforts to enhance the quality of public education for every student, in every classroom, every day. 

“Her vision and strategic guidance have resulted in our students being equipped with the knowledge, skill, and values necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.”

As Rodgers prepares to step down, the Department of Education will soon commence the recruitment process to find a new Director General, ensuring a smooth transition and continuity in leadership.

Ms Rodgers’ appointment as CEO of ACER is seen as a significant step in her career, reflecting her dedication and achievements in the field of education. 

Her leadership is expected to bring valuable insights and strategic direction to ACER, further enhancing its research capabilities and impact on educational practice globally.