The Chief Executive

Tony Harrison

Tony Harrison was appointed to lead the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) in July 2013. He has a strong background in public administration in addition to matters pertaining to child protection.  He is also a keen advocate for supporting those with a disability, particularly children and young people.

Mr Harrison has extensive experience in high level organisational management, through his previous work as a police assistant commissioner with SAPOL, as Director-General, Community Safety, and as Chief Executive of the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission. He is also the serving President of Minda Incorporated, the largest disability provider in South Australia.

Mr Harrison is committed to supporting the delivery of professional and contemporary education, child protection, and child development services.  He is focused on ensuring the delivery of a highly integrated service delivery model to ensure young people are afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential in life.