Recent Projects

Susan Pascoe:
Overview of Projects and Publications

Inquiry and Review

Large systemic inquiry

2009–2010: Commissioner on 2009 Royal Commission into Victoria's Bushfires

2008–09: Chair, State Services Authority (SSA) inquiry into Indigenous Employment

2008–09: Co-Chair, SSA inquiry into the consolidation and governance of Victoria's regulatory bodies

2006–07: Chair, SSA inquiry into the regulation of the Not-for-Profit sector.

1998-1999: Chair, Victorian Curriculum and Standards Framework Review

1994-2004: Member of Civics Expert Group reporting to Prime Minister and Civics Education Group reporting to Education Ministers

1991-1992: Member, Australian Education Council's (AEC) Review Committee into the Education and Training of 15 – 19 year olds in Australia (the Mayer Committee)

1991-1992: Member AEC's Review Committee into the education of Girls in Australian Schools

Intra-system inquiry

2003: Commissioned inquiry into service delivery from the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne

2004: Commissioned inquiry into the contribution of Catholic education to the Victorian economy and society.

2004: Commissioned inquiry into the welfare needs of students in Catholic schools

2004: Commissioned inquiry into the affordability of Catholic schools

2002: Investigation into cheating in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

2001: Commissioned inquiry into the human resource needs of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

1989-2001: Participated in numerous inquiries into the viability and effectiveness of Victorian Catholic schools

Organisational review

2003- 06: Oversight of initiative to improve school and principal review in Catholic schools

2003-06: Oversight of initiative to strengthen the evidence base of school improvement in Catholic schools.


Leadership and Management

Public administration

2009-2010: Commissioner, 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission

2006-08 and 2010-2011: Commissioner, State Services Authority


2003-2006: Chair and Chief Executive, Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

2003-2006: Director of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Melbourne

2000: Leader of Australian Delegation to UN World Education Forum in Senegal

1993-2001: Co-ordinating Chairperson, Policy (and School Services) Catholic Education Office, Melbourne

1998-2000: National President, Australian College of Educators

1998-1999: Chair, Curriculum and Standards Framework Review


1994: Harvard University, Visiting Scholar



Public Administration

2006 – 2008 Chair, Australian National Commission for UNESCO.  Member from 1999–2006, and delegate to General Conference in Paris in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007

1995-2001: Deputy Chairperson, and Member, National Advisory Council on Australian Archives

1993: Member, Australian Delegation to the OECD, Paris


2010 –present: Chair of National Education Board for Loreto and FCJ schools

2004-2006: Board Member, Curriculum Corporation

2003-2006: Member, National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and NCEC Executive

2001-2009: Director, Senate of Australian Catholic University

1998-2000: National President, Australian College of Educators

1994-2004: Member, Civics Expert Group reporting to Prime Minister and later Civics Education Group

1994-1995: Member, Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board

1992-2001 Executive Member, Victorian Board of Studies

1991-1992: Member, AEC's Mayer Committee, reviewing the education and training of 15 to 19 year olds in Australia

1991-1992: Member, AEC's Review Committee on the Education of Girls in Australian Schools

199-1992: Member of Council, Institute of Educational Administration, Geelong


2007 – present: Board Member, Cabrini Health and Chair of Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee


Educational Policy Analysis, Development and Review

Education Planning

2003-2006: Chair of block Grant Authority of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) determining planning directions and allocating capital grants

Curriculum and Standards Review

1998-1999: Chair, Victorian Curriculum and Standards Framework Review, preparatory to leading to revised Year 10 (P-10) curriculum

Development of policy related to assessment for P-12 in Victorian schools

1997-2001: Chair of Assessment Committee of  Victorian Board of Studies (VBOS)

Senior Secondary curriculum review

1997: Member of committee reviewing VCE

Development of standards and curriculum for P-12 for Victorian schools

1992-2001: Executive member VBOS


Community and Stakeholder Engagement

Emergency Management

2009: Consultation with communities directly affected by the Black Saturday bushfires

Public Administration

2008: Consultation with Indigenous Victorians and professional bodies nationally associated with employment of Indigenous people

2008: In-house consultation with Secretaries of Victorian Government Departments on the design and effectiveness of Victorian regulatory bodies

2006: Consultation with NFP organisations and professionals regarding regulation of the sector


2003: Consultation with Bishops, principals and parents on the effectiveness of service delivery from the Catholic EOM

1993: Consultation with teachers and parents on the introduction of statewide assessment for Victorian students (the LAP)

1989-2001: Numerous consultations with all stakeholders in local communities on the viability and effectiveness of local Catholic schools


Reflective Practice – Publications


Public Administration

Reflective Practice – Addresses

Robert Pascoe:
Overview of Projects and Publications


Recent examples

Manuscript Assessment and Review

  • Autobiography of retired County Court judge
  • Chief judge in Victorian Premiers Literary Awards
  • Editorial consultant to University of Bologna journal, Ricerche di StoriaPolitica
  • Reader for various journals and publishers

Thesis Supervision and Assessment

  • Doctoral dissertations in Australian social history at VU
  • Assessor for university theses

Coaching on Archival Research                  

  • Seminars on the use of online resources

Heritage Assessment

Successful outcomes in:

  • Waverley Park (team led by Dr Roy Hay)
  • Leopold Street, South Yarra (objection to demolition of 1880s cottages)
  • Yarra Park (for East Melbourne Group)
  • Ongoing advisor to battle to save The Cliffe, Peppermint Grove, WA

Report Writing and Editing                      

  • Great Barrier Reef (2008)
  • University teaching in the BA degree (2003)

Organisational Manuals                                   

  • University report to federal agency

Speech Writing, Coaching, Radio                 

  • Regular commentator on ABC radio
  • Success with people fearful of public speaking
  • MC for university functions

Commissioned Histories


  • Nat Bonacci (current)
  • Monsignor John F. Kelly (2006)
  • Luigi Grollo (1988)

Histories of families:

  • Sierakowski (2002)


  • Whittlesea (2001)
  • Treviso, Italy (1995)
  • Italo-Australians (1987, 1998)
  • Maltese-Australians (1997)
  • Irish-Australians (1994)
  • Kalgoorlie (second edition, 2010)
  • Peppermint Grove (1983)
  • Fremantle (1983)


  • Melbourne's trams (current, with Carla Pascoe)
  • Grollo building company (1992, 2001)
  • Small businesses (1990)


  • Australian Rules football (1995)
  • Australian historians (1979)





Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Technical Papers

Conference Papers and Scholarly Presentations

Thesis Examiner and/or Course Reviewer

Doctoral Students Supervised

Carla Pascoe:
Overview of Projects and Publications


Recent examples

Manuscript Assessment and Review

  • Preparation of book manuscript for Cambridge Scholarly Publishing
  • Co-editor of proposed volume of essays on children's cultural heritage for Routledge
  • Guest editor, History Australia journal
  • Editorial member, Lilith (feminist history journal)

Coaching on Archival, Historical, Political and Museum Research            

  • Curator and assessor for Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria
  • Curator on Over-Paid Over-Sexed and Over Here?: US Marines in Melbourne 1943, Melbourne City Council
  • Doctoral-level research experience in Australian state and national archives
  • Newspaper research for ARC-funded history of Australian political debates
  • Picture research for ARC-funded project on deindustrialisation of Melbourne
  • Tutor and lecturer in tertiary history

Heritage Assessment

  • Lecturer in undergraduate program on material and intangible cultural heritage

Report Writing and Editing                       

  • Reports for Lateral (private heritage firm, Fitzroy)

Organisational Manuals                          

  • Preparation of undergraduate teaching guides

Speech Writing, Coaching, Radio and Television                    

  • Appearance on Collectors, ABC TV
  • Presenter, educational video for secondary schools on the Australian environment
  • Digital storytelling project on family heritage, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Commissioned Histories

  • Melbourne's Trammies (Yarra Trams, 2011)

Community and Stakeholder Engagementand Consultation

  • Work with Department of Planning and Community Development, Victorian Government