THE ABC's Mark Scott
THE ABC's Mark Scott

Ex-ABC boss Mark Scott nails $540K a year government job

THE former managing director of the ABC, Mark Scott, has landed a new job as secretary of the NSW Department of Education.

Mr Scott resigned from the national broadcaster this year after a decade in the top job.

NSW Premier Mike Baird announced his new appointment this afternoon, citing Mr Scott's experience as a schoolteacher in the 1980s.

"Mark's appointment takes our reinvigoration of the senior executive of the NSW public service a step further," Mr Baird said.

"Along with promoting outstanding young talent from within the service, we have sought out the best and brightest from the corporate world.

"Like (former Westpac banker) Rob Whitfield, who took the reins at Treasury last year, Mark is ready, willing and able to bring the fruits of his immense experience to the benefit of the entire NSW community."

Mr Scott taught at St Andrew's Cathedral School before working in senior roles for two education ministers in the Greiner government, Virginia Chadwick and Terry Metherell.

He then completed a Masters of Public Administration at Harvard before joining Fairfax as a journalist, rising to senior editorial and executive roles and moving to the ABC.

"On leaving the ABC, I was asked what I planned to do next," Mr Scott said.

"I can think of no more important opportunity than working alongside the teachers of NSW and the staff of the Department to improve teaching and learning in our schools."

Mr Scott will fill the vacancy left by Michele Bruniges, who switched to become secretary of the Federal Department of Education this year.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said he looked forward to working with Mr Scott on "delivering the most comprehensive set of reforms of school education in a century".

"Our focus remains on improving student results and delivering the skills base needed to grow the NSW economy," he said. 

The position also comes with tidy pay packet of $540,300 a year according to the Department's most recent annual report. -ARM NEWSDESK

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