Randall had been with the education authority since its inception and had served as CEO since 2012.

De Carvalho is the former CEO of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and once led the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC).

De Carvalho’s resume also features positions at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and the Federal Department of Education, where he was head of higher education.

“On behalf of the ACARA Board and staff, I congratulate David on his appointment and am delighted to welcome him as ACARA’s new CEO. David has significant experience and expertise in education. He joins ACARA following his most recent position as Chief Executive of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA),” ACARA board chair, Belinda Robinson said. 

“In addition to his depth of knowledge of the education sector, David has also served on ACARA’s Board since November 2017. I look forward to continue working with David and supporting his leadership of Australia’s national curriculum, assessment and reporting authority to achieve ACARA’s mission of improving the learning outcomes for all young Australians.”   

Randall told the Catholic Secondary Principals Association (CaSPA) last year that he intends to pursue other challenges.

“…I depart with enormous pride at all the organisation has achieved, in collaboration with partners in the federation, to improve the learning of all young Australians…” he said.

“I am not retiring, and will be interested in applying my skills and experience to new challenges.”

De Carvalho will commence the role of CEO on March 4.