Kim is the lead Deputy Secretary for the implementation of the Victorian Government’s ambitious Education State kindergarten reforms, including the introduction of universal three-year-old kindergarten in sessional and long day care settings, equity funding to support educationally disadvantaged kindergarten children to thrive, and successful programs to lift the quality of kindergarten-offering services.
All of this is done in close collaboration with Victoria’s diverse and committed kindergarten sector of over 2,500 services – whether sessional or long day care based, and whether run by parents, the community sector, small business or large, local government or schools.
Kim’s part of the department is also home to the critical work of the early childhood education and care regulator for Victoria, and the whole-of-Victorian government reform to create better information sharing to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
Prior to this appointment, Kim was the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Early Childhood Portfolio in her department. She has also worked in the Higher Education and Skills in that department, with a focus on tertiary education policy matters, including market design and intervention. Before joining the Department of Education and Training, Kim worked in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet on education and social policy issues. Kim has also worked as a philosopher at Monash University and as a corporate lawyer.