Richard Bolt

Richard Bolt is currently the Secretary (head of DEDJTR), where he leads more than 3,000 staff based in metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria and internationally. Richard supports and advises eight government ministers across four portfolio groups – transport; economic development, employment and innovation; agriculture and resources; and creative Victoria. Prior to joining DEDJTR, Richard was Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) (2011-14), and Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) (2006-11). Richard is a member of the Victorian Government’s Secretaries Board. He is Victoria’s representative on the Commonwealth-State Transport Infrastructure Senior Officials Committee (TISOC), and a director on the board of Cenitex, the Victorian Government’s IT shared services provider. Richard has previously served on national committees advising ministerial councils on education and energy, including the Advisory Board to the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy. He was Deputy Chair of the state-territory National Emissions Trading Taskforce and has served as a Director of Schools Connect Australia. 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.