Improving Australian schooling outcomes


From: Thursday June 22, 2023, 5:30 pm

To: Thursday June 22, 2023, 7:00 pm

Despite huge increases in funding over the last decade, the performance of Australian schools has stagnated, with disadvantaged students falling further behind.

Join us for a panel discussion to consider what policy changes Australian students need, and what changes are particularly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

About the speakers:

Natalie Siegel-Brown commenced a 5 year term as a full time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission in April 2022.

Natalie was recently the Managing Director of Child Wise, a non-profit organisation building child safe practice all over the world, and prior to that, Natalie was the Queensland Public Guardian.
Natalie has worked across the NSW and Queensland Governments leading public policy and service delivery in domestic and family violence, statutory child protection, ageing and disability. Natalie’s public policy experience includes co-authorship of a national child sexual assault prevention framework, contributing to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), aged care and youth justice legislation.

Natalie began her career as a lawyer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Over the last decade, she has worked with communities and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) across Cape York, the Western Desert and the Kimberley. Her experience traverses various non-government organisations and the private sector, advising on social investment.

Natalie holds a Master of Public Policy, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and an Executive Certificate from Harvard Business School.

Hayley McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman born and raised in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Her work is centered on community, relationality and convening new collectives to rethink education. She is the co-founder and CEO of The National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, Co-Chair of Learning Creates Australia and board director for a number of non-profit organisations. She brings over 10 years of experience working across Indigenous policy and training, and has worked on advocacy campaigns and capacity building initiatives with education coalitions and young people around the world.

Dr. Mick Coelli joined the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne in October 2005 after completing his PhD in Economics at the University of British Columbia. His main fields of research are the Economics of Education and Labour Economics. He employs a range of statistical and econometric techniques to provide a solid evidence base for policy.

One of the main topics of Dr. Coelli’s research is on the role of school principals in affecting student achievement. He has also focused on the role of family background in determining post-secondary education attendance, on the effect of high school graduation on the welfare receipt of young adults, and on the consequences of school accountability policies. Dr. Coelli’s research in Labour Economics includes studies of the individual returns to education at both traditional and more mature ages, the effects of technology and trade on labour markets and inequality, occupation of employment differences by gender, and the role of literacy and numeracy skills in the labour market. His research has been published in highly ranked economics journals, including the Journal of Public Economics, Labour Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics and the Economics of Education Review.

Free for both non-members and members
Event starts at 6pm and runs until approximately 7pm. Attendees are welcome to arrive from 5:30pm to enjoy drinks downstairs.



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The Kelvin Club

14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

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