Principal Research Fellow, Victoria University

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.