David de Carvalho has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) since March 2019. He has extensive experience in leading major reforms at both national and state level and a deep personal passion for, and understanding of, education. Immediately prior to ACARA, he was CEO of the NSW Education Standards Authority. He has held senior roles in the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and the Commonwealth departments of Treasury, Health and Ageing, Finance and Deregulation, Education, and Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has also been seconded to work in two ministerial officers in senior adviser roles. From 1998-2003 he was CEO of the National Catholic Education Commission. He started his career as a secondary school teacher, and has served on the boards of Centrelink, the Australian Council of Educational Research and the Curriculum Corporation (now Education Services Australia).