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

  • Our school standards are poor enough already, but what if children can’t access online learning?Fiona Mueller 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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  • Digital equity needed for success 26 March 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    For millions of young Australians, it’s home schooling 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…
    For millions of young Australians, it’s home schooling 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…
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  • Education policy rolls dice 27 February 2020 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    “Both today and 20 years from now, I want Australians to be in control of their future.” At the very least,  Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s vision for the nation is ambitious. Two decades from now, the children starting school this…
    “Both today and 20 years from now, I want Australians to be in control of their future.” At the very least,  Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s vision for the nation is ambitious. Two decades from now, the children starting school this…
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  • Human cost of failing the education test 27 January 2020 | Canberra Times
    Many young Australians will begin 2020 with optimism as they make plans for further study, the workforce and adult life. But for at least 100,000 school leavers, this is not a happy time. Their dismal reality is that they lack…
    Many young Australians will begin 2020 with optimism as they make plans for further study, the workforce and adult life. But for at least 100,000 school leavers, this is not a happy time. Their dismal reality is that they lack…
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  • Why the Australian curriculum is failing our schools 10 December 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    Those of us who qualified as teachers somewhere around the Jurassic period can recognise a dud policy when it rolls in our direction. And so can today’s smart, dedicated younger teachers and school leaders who know instinctively when things won’t…
    Those of us who qualified as teachers somewhere around the Jurassic period can recognise a dud policy when it rolls in our direction. And so can today’s smart, dedicated younger teachers and school leaders who know instinctively when things won’t…
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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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  • 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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