George McLean is a highly regarded policy, research and evaluation expert in the fields of school and tertiary education.

George joined the Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) in 2015. Prior to this he was an Executive Director in the Victorian Department of Education and Training and held senior appointments across a broad range of portfolio areas.

He led recent reforms to the Victorian schooling and VET sectors encompassing:

  • policy, funding and accountability arrangements
  • program interventions to increase the proportion of young people completing schooling
  • making a successful transition to further education and the labour market. 

He has held senior appointments to national bodies overseeing policy, research, evaluation and performance monitoring for the schooling and vocational education sectors. Until its disbandment in 2014, he was a member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council.

Recent publications

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. (2014). Connected to the World - A plan to internationalise Victorian schooling. 

McLean, G. (2013). Senior Secondary Schooling in Japan. Unpublished report for Centre for Research of Education Systems, University of Melbourne.

Davies, M., Lamb, S. & Doecke, E. (2011). Strategic Review of Effective Reengagement models for Disengaged Learners.

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Department of Industry and Regional Development. (2010). Stronger Futures for All Victorians – discussion paper on the youth transition system.

Areas of expertise

  • Adult and community education
  • Educational policy
  • Post-compulsory education and training
  • Student outcomes
  • Student transition
  • Vocational education and training

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