General Counsel, Department of Education.

Michael Waterhouse is the General Counsel at the NSW Department of Education. Before becoming a lawyer, Michael had a diverse career in the political arena and NSW public sector. In 2001, after being the Chief of Staff for the Minister for Education and Training, Michael took up his current role to lead the Department’s Legal Services Directorate. Michael’s work now involves managing a team of 29 departmental officers, including 13 lawyers. With a department that employs tens of thousands of staff, manages more than 2,200 schools, and is responsible for the education of nearly one million students, the range of legal matters the Directorate is engaged in are both demanding and diverse.