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Honorary Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Megan O’Connell is a public policy expert with experience across the early childhood, school and tertiary education sectors. She was Director of the Mitchell Institute from 2017-2018, and lead the Institute's focus on early learning and youth transitions.

Megan has a long history in developing research driven policy and effective programs targeted at young people who are likely to make a poor transition from school to further education and employment, and in providing evidence based approaches to addressing vulnerability in early childhood.


  • 2019–present
    Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • 2017–2018
    Director, Mitchell Institute