Our mission

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.

22% of children are not prepared for school, 28% don't have foundational literacy and numeracy skills, 26% don't attain Year 12 or equivalent by 19 and 26% of 24 years olds are not full time learning or earning. We're working to fix these problems by delivering policy solutions for quality early education, developing great teachers and transforming schools and designing better and fairer vocational and higher education. These changes lead to all kids ready for learning, curious, creative and resilient learners and entrepreneurial and skilled workers.

Our History

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.