Projects & Publications

Inquiry and Review

Large systemic inquiry

2020 – 21: Review of Governance of the Diocese of Parramatta (with Adj Prof Murray Baird)
2019: Functional and Structural Review of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth Administration Centre (with Prof David Gilchrist)
2017: Inquiry (with Prof Deborah Brennan) into Early Childhood Education for the Council for the Australian Federation resulting in the Lifting our Game Report
2017- 18: Review of Catholic education provision in Tasmania (with KPMG)
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

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
2003: Commissioned inquiry into service delivery from the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne
2002: Investigation into cheating in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) for Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
2001: Commissioned inquiry into the human resource needs of the VCAA
1989-2001: Participated in numerous inquiries into the viability and effectiveness of Victorian Catholic schools

Organisational, strategic and board review and professional appraisal

2021: IPC Health Board Review
2020: Chief Executive appraisal, Catholic Schools NSW
2019 – 20: Review of Secretariat, National Catholic Education Commission
2019: Review of Victorian Legal Services Commission Board
2019: Review of Westgate Health Co-operative Board
2018–19: Strategic Plan review and update for St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (with BaxterLawley)
2019: Review of Education Governance in the Diocese of Broken Bay (with Adj Prof Murray Baird)
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

2012-2017: Inaugural Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
2009-2010: Commissioner, 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
2006-08 and 2010-2011: Commissioner, State Services Authority


2019-present: Independent Member, Kindergarten Reform Implementation Board, Victoria
2003-2006: Chair and Chief Executive, Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
2003-2006: Director of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Melbourne
2001-2003: CEO Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
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


2010-2016: 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


2018-present: Trustee of St John of God Health
2018-present: Board Member, Mercy Health
2007-2011: 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

• Pascoe, Susan (2019) ‘Best Practice in Governance of Church Agencies: Keynote Address delivered to the Principles and Practice for Church Governance Conference.’ Yarra Theological Union and University of Divinity, Melbourne. 3 March.

Public administration

• Pascoe, Susan (2018) A Regulator’s View in Research Handbook on Not-for-Profit Law (Ed) Matthew Harding, Edward Elgar Publishing, London.
• Pascoe, Susan (2017a) The Digital Regulator in Regulating Charities: The Inside Story (Eds) Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Bob Wyatt, Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations, New York.
• Pascoe, Susan, (2015) Administering Australia's First National Charity Law Regime - Some Personal Perspectives in ebook, Not-for-profit Insights: 16 Australian NFP Insiders Share Their Wisdom and Experience, Australian Institute of Company Directors.
• Pascoe, Susan, (2010b) 'The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission: Lessons for the Conduct of Inquiries', in Australian Journal of Public Administration,Vol. 69 Issue 4, National Council of Institute of Public Administration. Canberra.
• Teague, B., McLeod, R. and Pascoe, S. (2010a) Final Report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne
• Teague, B., McLeod, R. and Pascoe, S. (2009) Interim Report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne.
• Pascoe, Susan (2008a) 'Regulatory Creep: How to Ease the Administrative and Compliance Burden', Grants Management Quarterly Edition 23, March 2007. Australian Institute of Grants Management. Melbourne.
• Pascoe, Susan (2008b) Regulating the Not-for-Profit Sector,State Services Authority, Melbourne


• Pascoe, Susan and Brennan, Deborah (2017b) Lifting our Game: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools through Early Childhood Education. Victorian Government. Melbourne
• Pascoe, Susan, (2011) Leadership in Times of Crisis Centre for Strategic Education Occasional Paper. CSE, Melbourne.
• Pascoe, Susan (2007b) 'Values Education in Australia's Government and Non-Government Schools', in Values Education and Lifelong Learning eds Judith Chapman and David Aspin.Springer Press.
• Pascoe, Susan (2007a) 'Catholic Education in Australia: Challenges and Responses', in G. Grace and J. O'Keefe (Eds) International Handbook of Catholic Education. Springer Press.
• Pascoe, Susan (ed.) (2002) 'Values in Education', Australian College of Education Yearbook 2002, Deakin West ACT.
• Pascoe, Susan, (2001a) 'Education Reform at School Level: From Policy to Practice', IARTV Occasional Paper No. 72, October 2001. Jolimont, Vic.
• Pascoe, Susan (2000a) 'Non-Government Schools in Australia: The 25 Years Since the Karmel Report', in Peter Karmel, ed., School Resourcing: Models and Practices in Changing Times. College Year Book 2000, Australian College of Education, Deakin West ACT, pp. 84-99.
• Pascoe, Susan (2000b) 'Priorities for the New Millennium', Unicorn, vol.26, no.3.
• Pascoe, Susan and Sue Ferguson (2000c) 'Education for Active Citizenship', in Kim Rubinstein, ed., Individual, Community, Nation: Fifty Years of Australian Citizenship, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 99-107.
• Pascoe, Susan and Robert Pascoe (1998) 'Education Reform in Victoria, Australia: 1992-1997, A Case Study', The Education Reform and Management Series, vol. 1, no. 2, The World Bank, Washington DC, February.

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