Prof Peter Dawkins

Professor Peter Dawkins

.Professor Peter Dawkins
Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Professor Peter Dawkins is Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. He joined the Department is 2006 following a period as Deputy Secretary at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. In 2006-07, Peter chaired the Steering Committee that produced the Future of Schooling in Australia Report, for the Council of the Australian Federation. He has also been a significant contributor to the COAG National Reform Agenda, especially the Human Capital Reform Agenda, first as Deputy Secretary at the Victorian Treasury and more recently as a member of the COAG Productivity Agenda Working Group. Prior to joining the public service Peter was an academic economist who worked at a number of British and Australian universities. From 1996-2005 he was the Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Peter has undertaken extensive research and published widely on economic and social issues especially relating to labour markets, human capital and education and training policy, as well as welfare to work issues and the economics of industry and innovation.

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