Julie Grantham, BEd, BA, MLM, DipTeach


Department of Education, Training and Employment



Julie is passionate about improving the education, training and employment prospects of all Queenslanders.


In April 2012 she became the Director-General of the newly established Department of Education, Training and Employment following three years at the helm of the former Department of Education and Training.


Under Julie's leadership of the state's largest department, state school student results are continuously improving, while teaching and learning practices are benchmarked against world-class criteria and recording significant improvements.


Julie is also driving reforms to ensure more Queenslanders hold a trade, training or tertiary qualification and is working towards improved workforce participation.


In early childhood education and care, Julie is overseeing the most significant reform to the sector in the state's history, including ensuring all Queensland children have access to a kindergarten service.


Julie believes these reforms will help prepare Queenslanders for the world of work and life.


She grew up in south-west Queensland and credits her Goondiwindi State High School Year 9 teacher for inspiring her to become a teacher.


Julie began her teaching career at Beenleigh State High School and went on to become a School Principal, followed by Executive Director (Schools) and Assistant Director-General, School Resourcing and Administration.


In 2007 Julie was appointed Acting Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney General, a role she was appointed to permanently in 2008.