Dr. Charlene Smith



Dr Charlene Smith leads the policy team at the Mitchell Institute, an influential education think tank at Victoria University. Her main focus is on the ways education policy and system reform can build equity and social inclusion, especially in the early years.

In her previous role as General Manager – Projects and Collaboration with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Dr Smith led a diverse team to deliver research-informed policy advice to federal and state governments. Her advisory areas included parent engagement in school education, the role of data in design, delivery and evaluation of social services, and the need for effective responses by both the education and health systems to prevent educational disadvantage for students experiencing school absence due to illness or injury. 

Charly completed a PhD with the Australian National University in 2007, and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of New England.



Early Years Conference - Today’s Children - Tomorrow’s Future

The conference is Financially Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services