Megan O’Connell is a public policy expert with experience across the early childhood, school and tertiary education sectors. She joined Mitchell in January 2016, and leads the Institute’s policy program. 

Megan has a long history in developing research driven policy and effective programs targeted at young people who are likely to make a poor transition from school to further education and employment. She led a whole of Victorian government project to address the issue of youth disengagement and, as Director at the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Megan managed a policy division focussed on vocational education and training in schools, career education and trade training centres. Most recently, Megan was research manager for the Australian Early Development Census. 

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