Mitchell Institute finds education policy solutions that work for everyone. Our mission is to achieve educational opportunity for all Australians, from toddlers through to tertiary graduates.
Around a quarter of young Australians miss out at key education milestones before they reach school, while they’re there and after school into further study and careers. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to start behind, fall behind and stay behind.
Only Mitchell looks across the entire education system from preschool to vocational and higher education to understand when, how and why young people succeed or miss out.
Mitchell Institute was established by Victoria University in 2013 with founding investment from The Harold Mitchell Foundation. Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice Chancellor and President of Victoria University, identified a need for an independent organisation to work across Australia’s education spectrum and inform policy changes. Generous support from our patron, Harold Mitchell AC, allowed this ambitious endeavour to be realised.
Today Mitchell is one of the country’s leading contributors to policy debate on education and training. We work closely with policy makers, industry leaders, educators and importantly, learners to find solutions to Australia’s most pressing problems.