Mr Brendan Murray

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award – Faculty of Education Brendan Murray (GradDipEd(Sec) 2004, MEd 2012) is a school administrator and teacher who has worked as a manager and community social worker...

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award – Faculty of Education

Brendan Murray (GradDipEd(Sec) 2004, MEd 2012) is a school administrator and teacher who has worked as a manager and community social worker in the areas of multiple and complex needs, homelessness, criminal justice, community mental health, adolescent street outreach, juvenile detention and child protection.

He is the current executive principal and founder of Parkville College – a Victorian Government school established to provide quality education for all young people detained in custody.

Established in 2012, the school is based in Victoria’s highest security youth justice precinct. It operates across two campuses seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

In the early 1990s Mr Murray has a promising career in the AFL as a player with the Collingwood Football Club. Deciding it wasn’t a path he was passionate about he left and worked as a residential carer with Anglicare.

His experiences living and working with boys leaving youth detention inspired his belief in the importance of education in reintegrating youth offenders back into the community.

In 2000, after completing an arts degree at Latrobe University, he enrolled at Monash University to become a teacher.

In 2007 Mr Murray co-founded The Pavillion School. The school catered for marginalised youth in the northern suburbs of Melbourne who were disengaged from education or training.

His work as co-principal of the school earned him the Victorian Education Department's Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2009. He also received the inaugural Australian Government Closing the Gap Award for strengthening partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and for improving the education outcomes for Aboriginal Australians.

In 2011 Mr Murray joined the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development as a policy advisor, working on strategies to re-engage disengaged children back into education throughout Victoria. He also held a position on the Victorian Government's Alcohol and Drug Strategy Advisory Group.

The idea for Parkville College was born after he visited a former student who had since been detained with little access to education. He successfully lobbied the State Government to establish Parkville College with a view to providing Victoria’s youth detainees with structured access to education as well as life and social skills.

In 2010 Melbourne Magazine listed Mr Murray as one of the state’s Top 100 Most Influential, Innovative and Inspiring Citizens.