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Richard Bolt

Richard Bolt

Richard Bolt has had a diverse career in public service, policy research, public advocacy and engineering. He was appointed secretary of the department from its inception on 1 January 2015.

Before joining the department, Richard was secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (2011–14) with responsibility for improving early childhood, school education, and vocational and higher education services across Victoria.

Prior to this position, Richard was secretary of the Department of Primary Industries (2006–11) with responsibility for agriculture, energy, fisheries, mining and forestry.

During his public service career, Richard has led work on energy industry regulation, national energy market reform, carbon trading design, transport security, agriculture science and policy, and education reform.

Before joining the public service, Richard's work in advocacy and research spanned across defence, foreign affairs, industrial relations, communications, environmental protection and consumer protection.

Richard holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia), a master's degree in Public Policy and Management from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma in Company Directorship.

Page last updated: 25 January 2017