Our Commissioner

Sharyn O’Neill, Public Sector Commissioner

Sharyn O’Neill was appointed as Public Sector Commissioner in July 2018 following 12 years as Director General of the Department of Education. She is the first woman to undertake the role.

Ms O’Neill’s priority as Commissioner is to strengthen and unify the public sector to better serve the needs of the Western Australian community. She is leading a major reform agenda with a focus on sector leadership, talent, diversity, workforce, integrity and capability.

As the youngest Director General appointed to the Department of Education, she led unparalleled reform of public schooling in the areas of autonomy, staffing, funding, leadership and culture that saw improvements to student academic standards.

Ms O’Neill began her career as a teacher and deputy principal in country schools, before moving to policy, governance and system leadership positions. She has a Master of Education (Education Administration and Policy).

In 2016, she was awarded the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) Patron’s Award and was also made a Fellow of the Institute in recognition of her contribution to public administration in Western Australia. In 2019, Ms O’Neill received the Australian College of Educators (WA) Medal in recognition of her outstanding achievements in education.


Page last updated 6 September 2019