Fiona Mueller

Director of Education Program

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

Media & Commentary

  • We could do better on child care 20 September 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Taxpayers will subsidise child care for over 800,000 Australian families to the tune of $8 billion per year in 2019-2020, and the costs keep climbing. Parents’ out-of-pocket costs for long day care and other formal care grew by 50% between…
    Taxpayers will subsidise child care for over 800,000 Australian families to the tune of $8 billion per year in 2019-2020, and the costs keep climbing. Parents’ out-of-pocket costs for long day care and other formal care grew by 50% between…
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  • Why the Child Care Subsidy is failing parents 12 September 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    Taxpayers will subsidise child care for over 800,000 Australian families to the tune of $8 billion per year in 2019-2020, and the costs keep climbing. Parents’ out-of-pocket costs for long day care and other formal care grew by 50 per…
    Taxpayers will subsidise child care for over 800,000 Australian families to the tune of $8 billion per year in 2019-2020, and the costs keep climbing. Parents’ out-of-pocket costs for long day care and other formal care grew by 50 per…
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  • New CIS research: Parents prefer more flexible childcare options even if it means less taxpayer support 10 September 2019 | MEDIA RELEASE
    Half the parents receiving Australia’s $8 billion annual subsidy for formal childcare would prefer other forms of childcare, according to Centre for Independent Studies research. And 66% would also be okay with receiving less subsidy if they could spend it…
    Half the parents receiving Australia’s $8 billion annual subsidy for formal childcare would prefer other forms of childcare, according to Centre for Independent Studies research. And 66% would also be okay with receiving less subsidy if they could spend it…
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  • Education policy should be based on evidence and worthwhile goals, not on borrowed fads 31 August 2019 | The Australian
    This week has seen the annual commotion around Australia’s standardised testing regime, the National Assessment Program —  Literacy and Numeracy. Once again, despite huge increases in taxpayer funding, there is little to give parents, employers and the public any confidence…
    This week has seen the annual commotion around Australia’s standardised testing regime, the National Assessment Program —  Literacy and Numeracy. Once again, despite huge increases in taxpayer funding, there is little to give parents, employers and the public any confidence…
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  • Yes, Ministers – collaboration is the answer 09 August 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Public confidence in Australian school education may be low, but no one could complain about a shortage of official reviews and reports. High-powered panels and prominent figures continue to produce lengthy publications recommending various strategies to achieve one mighty goal:…
    Public confidence in Australian school education may be low, but no one could complain about a shortage of official reviews and reports. High-powered panels and prominent figures continue to produce lengthy publications recommending various strategies to achieve one mighty goal:…
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Publications

  • 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 allocate more than $8 billion to subsidising formal childcare, with…...
    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 allocate more than $8 billion to subsidising formal childcare, with…
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