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The Chief Executive, Education and Child Development (DECD)

Rick Persse

Rick Persse was appointed to lead the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) in June 2016.

Rick joins DECD after a successful 4 year period as chief executive of the Attorney-General’s Department where he was central to delivery of the government’s program of criminal, civil and administrative justice reform.

With expertise in policy and strategy development, change management, public sector reform and project delivery, Rick’s knowledge of public administration was gained from an expansive career working at a variety of South Australian central government agencies at an executive level.

Prior to being appointed to the role of Chief Executive, Attorney-General’s Department, Rick worked with government and non-government clients as PricewaterhouseCoopers SA Government and Health Leader.

Rick has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Griffith University.

Office of the Chief Executive

The Office of the Chief Executive supports the chief executive and the Office of the Minister for Education and Child Development to lead the development of a high performing system that improves the educational attainment and wellbeing of South Australia’s children and young people.

Office of the Chief Executive

Level 9, Education Centre
31 Flinders St

Phone: 8226 1540
EmailDECD.CE [at] sa.gov.au