Senior Management


Ms Chris Chatburn

Grad Cert PSM, ISO9001:2000 Quality Lead Auditor, Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training


Chris has extensive experience in the regulation of vocational education and training (VET) and higher education at both the state and national level.

Chris has held a number of management positions in the state department exercising delegations for the accreditation of VET courses and the registration of training organisations, and the approval of higher education courses and providers for the delivery of education and training to domestic and international students. As the Director Quality, Chris was South Australia’s representative on numerous national committees, contributing to national benchmarking activities and providing input on national policy directions for the regulation of the education and training sector. Chris led the implementation in South Australia of the national quality standards for Registered Training Organisations and the Standards for State and Territory Registering Bodies.

In 2011, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national regulator for vocational education and training, was established and Chris led the transition of staff and regulatory functions from the state regulator to the new national regulator.  As the state Manager of Regulatory Operations, Chris played a leading role in ASQA’s regulatory activity not only in South Australia but nationally. Chris’ extensive experience has enabled her to support ASQA in strengthening nationally consistent regulation.

Through her state and national roles Chris has demonstrated her expertise in regulation, quality client service provision, stakeholder engagement, risk management and implementation of effective change management strategies leading to high performing teams.

As Registrar, Chris is the Government and non-Government Schools Registrar, the Early Childhood Services Registrar and the Chief Executive Officer of the Education Standards Board of South Australia and is accountable to the Board.

Telephone: 08 8226 0077 or 1800 882 413



Manager, Corporate Services

Ms Marisa Salandra



Marisa is an experienced manager and has operated as a leader at an executive level within three Australian Public Service regulatory organisations prior to joining the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of South Australia in December 2013 as the Manager, Corporate Services.

Marisa’s areas of expertise include leadership, accounting, law and advisory, dispute resolution and employment relations. She has extensive experience in knowledge management and driving change initiatives associated with new legislation and otherwise, including drafting precedents, best practice manuals and policies and guidelines. Marisa has previous private industry experience in both accounting and law. She has been involved in various types of volunteer work, including within schools, and is involved in a volunteer management role within the legal area, in particular in workplace relations.

Marisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), both through the University of Adelaide. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice through the Law Society of South Australia and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia as a legal practitioner. Marisa is currently undertaking MBA studies with a leadership and human resources focus through the Australian Institute of Management and recently completed the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Marisa is responsible for human resources, policy development, finance, procurement, information technology and management, work health safety and general facilities matters.

Telephone: 08 8226 0077 or 1800 882 413