Colin Pettit is the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA.
Colin has spent his career working to improve the wellbeing of children and young people, particularly in delivering education services and programs to children and young people living in regional and remote areas of the State.
Colin has worked with children, young people, families and communities all over the State as a teacher and then principal in a number of regional schools, before holding the role of Executive Director Regional and Remote Education at the Western Australian Department of Education for three years.
Between 2010 and 2015, Colin was the Secretary of Education for the Tasmanian Department of Education. He is a former President of the Primary Principal’s Association of WA and Deputy President of the Australian Primary Principal’s Association.
Colin is an Ambassador for Barking Gecko Theatre and the Valuing Children Initiative, the Vice Chancellor of the Children’s University WA Partnership and in February 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Edith Cowan University. He is a father of three and a grandfather of three.
Snapshot - Role of the Commissioner
- Acting Commissioner Jenni Perkins – December 2013 to November 2015
- Commissioner Michelle Scott – December 2007 to December 2013