Jim Dellit 1947-2014

Jim Dellit 1947-2014

  • BA Dip Ed (Syd)
  • Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia 2000-2010
  • Director/Consultant, J&J Dellit & Associates

From 2000-2014 Jim Dellit undertook consultancies throughout Australia in relation to Curriculum and Professional Development, including investigating and reporting on options to improve the curriculum and educational services provided to children and young people in SA youth detentions centres that connected contemporary education to rehabilitation (2010-11), similar work in Victoria (2011-12) and reviewing the educational provision of MacKillop Family Services in Victoria (2013).

Jim was the Executive Director of Curriculum in the South Australian Department of Education from 1993 to 1999. Previously he had been a secondary teacher, principal and curriculum superintendent. He was also a superintendent of school and system reviews. As a superintendent he led a team developing alternative senior education programs.

Jim established national curriculum leadership through state and national working parties and boards in curriculum, assessment, equity and social justice, literacy, numeracy, LOTE, post-compulsory, vocational and education for CALD and Indigenous groups. He chaired the Education Standing Committee of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of SA. He published articles and presented papers at national conferences on curriculum issues. He has worked internationally with Indonesian, American and Pacific Island educators. He contributed a chapter to Australia’s curriculum dilemmas published by the University of Melbourne Press in 2011.

On retirement from the Education Department in 1999, Jim received an honorary position at the University of SA in recognition of state and national leadership in the development and practice of curriculum for schools. He was attached to both the School of Education and the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures Education where, until 2012, he taught post-graduate students and was involved in research and program development in Education, Languages and Cultures Education, and International Education.

Jim was a board member of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation for almost ten years. Between 2002 and 2004 he was the SA Minister’s independent chair of the committee that monitored tertiary entrance (STAMC) and was a member of the Advisory Board of the UniSA School of International Education. In 1996 he was made an Associate of the USA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Jim had also been a member of, and maintained connections with, the following medical committees:

  • The National Renal Transplant Advisory Committee (RTAC)
  • The National Caring for Australians with Renal Impairment (CARI) Guidelines Committee
  • The International Cochrane Collaboration – Renal Group
  • The International Cochrane Collaboration – Skin Group
  • The National Clinical Taskforce on Organ and Tissue Donation Working Group
  • Kidney Health Australia

In 2009, the SA Health Minister appointed Jim to the SA Health Performance Council.

Jim died unexpectedly on 28 May 2014. He is sorely missed by many people. Tributes to his life can be found here.

Jillian Dellit

Jillian Dellit

  • BA (Hons) Dip Ed Sydney
  • ThA Australian College of Theology
  • MA (Info Studies) Uni SA

Jillian is a member of the South Australian Embroiderers’ Guild and maintains an embroidery blog at She pursues her interest in family history and writes about this at She also continues the educational blog on this website.

Jillian was an adjunct research fellow of the Hawke Institute of the University of South Australia from 2008-2010 and a director and consultant of J&J Dellit & Associates from 1999-2014. In addition to working with Jim Dellit on a review and report for MacKillop Family Services in 2013, Jillian undertook several consultancies through Education Services Australia, including writing for the Digital Education Advisory Group; an investigation and report on National context and requirements for provision of e-learning across three sectors of education and training in Australia; a plan, with initial costings, for managing digital resources to support the Australian Curriculum: and assistance in preparing a business plan for Reconnecting Disengaged Learners Using Australia.

From 2000-2009 as Director, The Le@rning Federation Secretariat, for the Ministerial Council on Education Employment Training and Youth Affairs, Jillian had responsibility for managing the secretariat, assisting in the resolution of national policy issues arising from the national  Le@rning Federation Initiative, preparing strategy documents and policy papers, seeking opportunities to leverage other aspects of the MCEETYA agenda through synergies, partnerships and links and fostering the collaboration of stakeholders in all aspects of the Initiative. In this role Jillian travelled extensively in Australia and overseas, forming a significant working partnership with Jes & Co in the USA, especially in relation to the Global Learning Resource Connection and the work of the Washington-based National Science Foundation. Jillian is a member of the US Coalition of School Networks.

In addition to a background as a teacher of English and history in government schools in NSW, Scotland and South Australia, Jillian has experience as a teacher-librarian, library adviser and women’s adviser in South Australia. She was Principal of Gepps Cross Girls High School 1987-89. She established and managed The Orphanage Teachers’ Centre as the training and development arm of the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services from 1990 to 1997. She worked as Director, Policy, Strategy and Marketing for limited in 1997-1999.

Jillian has written extensively both personally and professionally. Since 2000 she had six articles published in the Curriculum Corporation’s EQ as well as articles in Synergy, The Australian Educational Researcher, Unicorn, Connections, The Practising Administrator, The Australian Library Journal and the Australian College of Educators. She made presentations to, and had papers published as conference proceedings by the Sampoerna Foundation’s Kongres Guru Indonesia, Australian College of Educators, Independent Schools of Queensland, Curriculum Corporation, Canarie (Canada), Communities of Practice (Sheffield), UNESCO-ACEID, the Chinese University of Hong-Kong, and the Australian Library and Information Association.

She prepared numerous papers for MCEETYA and AESOC, including the investment agreements for The Le@rning Federation in 2000, 2005 and 2008. In 1995 she conducted and wrote the report for a review of out-of-school libraries for DECS SA. Between 1981 and 1989 she published articles in the journals of the English teachers Association, teacher-librarianship journals (editing the South Australian one for 3 years), Pivot and Equals.  She edited 2 publications for the South Australian English Curriculum Committee, Literature for Adolescents Volumes 1 and 2.  The last she re-edited and published with Nelson Australia.

Jillian also co-edited and wrote Great Australian Aviation Stories ABC, Sydney, 2006, with her brother, Jim Haynes. She has an embroidery blog at and is researching and documenting her family’s history at

J&J Dellit & Associates — Education Consultants

Jim Dellit and Jillian Dellit operated their education consulting company in South Australia from 1999 to 2014, undertaking investigative, evaluative, writing and advisory tasks for government and non-government agencies in Australia and overseas. Our expertise was particularly in the areas of educational change, curriculum and professional development, evaluation, teaching and the application of digital technologies to improve learning.

Our work assumed that:

  • education is a public good: its purpose is to shape and benefit society as well as the individual within the society
  • societies of the future need all citizens to be educated: achieving this requires measures to redress disadvantage
  • today’s students are global as well as local operators: both global and local contexts matter in any education delivery
  • educational practice has professional integrity: ethical considerations need to be made explicit and public.


Key projects undertaken by J&J Dellit & Associates

Conceptualising and reporting education reform

  • conceptualising and describing the national context and requirements for the provision of e-learning services in Australia for Education Services Australia (2010)
  • investigating and reporting on options to improve the curriculum and education services provided to children and young people in SA youth detention centres, and to relate education to rehabilitation (2010-11)
  • conceptualising, and managing the writing of, key components of the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Assessment (SACSA) Framework (2001-03) and SACE curriculum frameworks (2007-08)
  • conceptualising and writing related to adapting and implementing the UK based alternative education e-learning program in Australia (2010)
  • co-developing the Graduate Certificate International Education, and teaching in that course (2005-06)
  • providing professional expertise, developmental support and evaluation skills to the Intercultural Languages Teaching and Learning Project (ILTLP) from 2006 to 2008
  • contributing a chapter to Australia’s curriculum dilemmas published by the University of Melbourne (2010-11)
  • participating in the development of materials for the Indigenous education project What works and providing conceptual design work for the linked Principals’ Australia website (2004)
  • preparing a major research/conceptual paper on Year 11/12 graduate qualities for the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of SA (2003)


Review and evaluation

  • Reviewing and reporting on education provision in Juvenile Justice facilities in Victoria 2011-12
  • Reviewing and reporting on education provision within MacKillop Family Services Victoria 2013
  • assessing and evaluating intercultural teaching and learning (2004)
  • conducting a stakeholder review of the functioning of the Curriculum Corporation (2000)
  • reviewing, and developing print materials to support, the in-school provision of LOTE in SA (2002)
  • coordinating and conducting the evaluation of the Commonwealth Quality Teacher Program in SA (2003)
  • reviewing and reporting on the provision of LOTE in the Northern Territory (2006)
  • reviewing aspects of the provision of education in Nauru (2006)
  • evaluating the Asia Education Foundation Asian Languages Professional Learning Project preparing both a formal evaluative report and exemplar based illustrative booklet (2004-05)
  • evaluating the Indonesian Languages Professional Standards for the AFMLTA (2007)
  • Evaluation for DEEWR of the MLTASA Professional Learning Project (2010)


Preparing and conducting professional learning programs

  • co-conducting two 10 week AusAID professional development projects for senior Indonesian educators (2004, 2005)
  • assisting in the planning and conduct of a Languages teaching professional learning program for the Association of Independent Schools (2004-05)
  • providing two major professional development series of workshops for the non-government school sector in SA (2002, 2003)
  • preparing a professional learning program for the Asia Education Foundation on Linking Languages in Primary Classrooms (2006)


Professional writing

  • Report for Digital Education Advisory Group to Commonwealth Education Minister 2012.
  • developing integrated resources for intercultural teaching and learning at UniSA, (2003)
  • providing editorial support to the UniSA authors of Teaching and learning languages: a guide (2009),
  • supporting the MCEETYA ICT in Schools Taskforce conceptualisation and writing of booklets on ICT pedagogies, contemporary learning and leadership incorporating technologies (2004-06)
  • a plan for developing digital resources to support the Australian Curriculum for Education Services Australia (2010)

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