Fiona Mueller

Adjunct Scholar

Fiona Mueller

Dr Fiona Mueller has a comprehensive background in schools, universities and government bodies as well as a longstanding commitment to research and writing. Most recently, Fiona co-authored a policy paper on school education for the Page Research Centre, with a particular emphasis on nation-building, academic standards and access for rural, regional and remote students. Prior to that her national role as Director of Curriculum at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) involved collaboration with education authorities across all sectors as well as participation in international research projects. Originally a teacher of foreign languages and head of department in secondary schools, Fiona joined the former NSW Board of Studies (now NESA) to develop new HSC curricula. On completion of her doctoral thesis, she taught at two universities and became Head of ANU College at the Australian National University. Her experience with students and their families in a range of educational settings enables her to approach policy development with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges of Kindergarten to Year 12 and post-school pathways.


Featured Publication

  • What Do Parents Want? Australian childcare preferences and attitudes 10 September 2019 | PP22
    Many Australian families rely on formal and informal childcare to enable them to take on employment. Government policies have included a strong focus on giving mothers every opportunity to enter the workforce. In 2019-2020, the federal government is expected to…...
    Many Australian families rely on formal and informal childcare to enable them to take on employment. Government policies have included a strong focus on giving mothers every opportunity to enter the workforce. In 2019-2020, the federal government is expected to…
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Media & Commentary

  • ASX no solution to education 17 September 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    Could there be a more depressing statement about parents’ confidence in Australian schooling than a recent proposal that people invest in ASX education shares? This followed on the heels of news that surging numbers of parents are hiring tutors to…
    Could there be a more depressing statement about parents’ confidence in Australian schooling than a recent proposal that people invest in ASX education shares? This followed on the heels of news that surging numbers of parents are hiring tutors to…
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  • Our schools already let too many children down before this year of disruption. Where to from here? 16 September 2020 | Spectator
    Could there be a more depressing statement about parents’ confidence in Australian schooling than a recent proposal that people invest in ASX education shares?   This followed on the heels of news that surging numbers of parents are hiring tutors to get their children…
    Could there be a more depressing statement about parents’ confidence in Australian schooling than a recent proposal that people invest in ASX education shares?   This followed on the heels of news that surging numbers of parents are hiring tutors to get their children…
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  • Curriculum ignores history value 20 August 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    Twenty-first century history is being made each day. The news is full of  statue-toppling anarchists and clueless looters, politicians making life and death decisions on COVID-19, increasing cyber crime and human rights abuses, loss of respect for longstanding international conventions…
    Twenty-first century history is being made each day. The news is full of  statue-toppling anarchists and clueless looters, politicians making life and death decisions on COVID-19, increasing cyber crime and human rights abuses, loss of respect for longstanding international conventions…
    read more
  • Will generation lockdown write good history? 18 August 2020 | Spectator
    Twenty-first century history is being made each day. The news is full of statue-toppling anarchists and clueless looters, politicians making life and death decisions on COVID-19, increasing cybercrime and human rights abuses, loss of respect for longstanding international conventions of the sea and…
    Twenty-first century history is being made each day. The news is full of statue-toppling anarchists and clueless looters, politicians making life and death decisions on COVID-19, increasing cybercrime and human rights abuses, loss of respect for longstanding international conventions of the sea and…
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  • Our school standards are poor enough already, but what if children can’t access online learning? 30 March 2020 | Spectator
    For millions of young Australians, it’s homeschooling from now on. As well as getting their heads around months of staying inside – often in small apartments with no easy access to big, green spaces – families urgently need to work…
    For millions of young Australians, it’s homeschooling from now on. As well as getting their heads around months of staying inside – often in small apartments with no easy access to big, green spaces – families urgently need to work…
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Publications

  • Submission to the NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report Consultations 01 December 2019
    The NSW Government commissioned a review of the state’s curriculum in September, 2018, to be completed in early 2020. Led by Professor Geoff Masters, the NSW Curriculum Review was described as the first comprehensive review since 1989, the overarching aim being to ensure that the education system can prepare students…...
    The NSW Government commissioned a review of the state’s curriculum in September, 2018, to be completed in early 2020. Led by Professor Geoff Masters, the NSW Curriculum Review was described as the first comprehensive review since 1989, the overarching aim being to ensure that the education system can prepare students…
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