Dr Martyn Forrest has been the Secretary of the Department of Education in Tasmania since 1997.
Prior to his appointment he was the Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University of North Queensland, a position he had taken up on a short-term contract in 1996. Before moving to Queensland, Dr Forrest had worked for almost 20 years in Western Australia.
Dr Forrest holds a first class honours degree from the University of Western Australia and a doctorate from Oxford University. He is a National Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration.
He is also the joint author of the bicentennial publication Australia's Commonwealth Parliament 1901-1988, published by Melbourne University Press in 1989.
Dr Forrest presently is Deputy Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, Chair of the Curriculum Corporation, Chair of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs Information and Communication Technologies in Schools Task Force (MCEETYA ICT Taskforce), and Chair of the Le@rning Federation Steering Group.