Murat Dizdar was appointed Regional Director, South Western Sydney, Department of Education and Communities in March 2012.
He graduated the Dux of Fort Street High School in his HSC year and started a Bachelor of Economics/Law at the University of Sydney. However, when he realised that his desire to become a teacher was greater than his interest in the law he enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Humanities) and graduated honours with majors in Economics and Geography.
Murat's career with the NSW Department of Education and Communities began as a secondary Social Sciences teacher at Ashcroft High School in 1997. Following promotion to Head Teacher, Social Sciences at Belmore Boys’ High School in 2001, he was merit-selected to the role of Priority Action Schools Deputy Principal in 2003. In 2005, he was appointed Principal of Punchbowl Boys’ High School and under his leadership a residualised school was rejuvenated and recognised with the 2007 Director-General`s School Achievement Award for school cultural change.
Following a period as Acting Senior Principal at Punchbowl and Belmore Boys’ High Schools in 2007 he was merit-selected to be Principal at Yuzyil Isil International High School in Istanbul, Turkey. His key roles included raising the profile of the International Baccalaureate as well as introducing the International General Certificate of School Education, Cambridge for the junior years. After two years, he returned to Australia as the successful candidate for the School Education Director, Granville in South-Western Sydney.
In his current role as Regional Director, he oversees a schooling region that is the largest in NSW in terms of student enrolment and comprises 276 primary, secondary and special schools located geographically between Concord through to Yanderra south of Sydney.
He is responsible for the education of more than 132,000 students and for the work of over 12,000 teachers and 3,000 support staff. This educational precinct has 64% of its students that have a background in a language other than English. In addition, the area has the highest number of refugee students in Australia and 26% of the State's enrolment of students with special needs.
Dizdar’s leadership is focused on the diversity of voices in the south-western region. He has been a key contributor to the development of vibrant, sustainable and inclusive school communities through his work, given the magnitude of complexities that this particular part of Sydney encounters.