Catherine O’Malley & Erica McLuckie

Regulating for Quality – Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)
Approved Provider Workshop Presenters

Cathy O’Malley has had close to twenty-five years’ experience working and managing in Queensland public sector agencies, providing a diverse range of services in complex and changing environments. 

Cathy has a proven record of accomplishment in the management, coordination and delivery of successive governments’ social policy agenda, having at one time worked as Executive Director of both the Social Policy and Law and Justice divisions in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

During her career Cathy has led the development of legislation in a number of portfolios and has successfully provided high level legislative and policy advice to a number of government Ministers over the years, including five Premiers. 

Since 2013 Cathy has been the Executive Director of the Regulation, Assessment and Service Delivery branch in the Early Childhood and Engagement Division of the Department of Education.  In that role, Cathy has been responsible for leading the regulation of the early childhood education and care sector in Queensland. 

Cathy holds qualifications in education and law and was admitted as a solicitor in 1992.

Erica McLuckie is currently Director of Assessment and Quality Improvement in the Queensland Department of Education, and has more than ten years’ experience across central and line agencies in the Queensland Government, in policy, program management and regulatory roles.

In her current role, her focus is on developing expert regulatory practice and leading a program of reform to embed a contemporary risk-based approach to regulation across the Queensland Regulatory Authority for early childhood education and care.

She is a founding committee member of the Queensland Government Regulator Network.

Erica also has seven years’ experience managing a non-government organisation working with disadvantaged children and families in the UK.

She has a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science

Workshop Topic
Regulating for Quality