Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy

Welcome to the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy (CVEP) – a research centre contributing to the growth of knowledge about education and training in Australia through evidence-driven scholarly analysis, consultancy and policy advice.

Our work focusses on pathways within upper secondary education and from upper secondary education into higher education, vocational education and training (VET), work-based training and the labour market, both in an international and a comparative context.

We integrate research, consultancy and teaching in this specialised policy area. We seek to contribute to improve:

  • the transitions and learning outcomes of disengaged youth at the national and jurisdictional levels; and
  • the quality of VET and upper secondary education systems, processes, practices and outcomes.

Statement of capabilities

Our centre is one of the few research hubs in the world generating in-depth knowledge and evidence-based expertise in the field of education transitions and VET quality.

Services available

  • Dissemination

    The research outcomes and findings of our centre’s work are accessible to a wide range of stakeholder groups, maximising the likelihood of impact. For example, staff are required to publish research findings in top journals and presses as well as translate the outcomes of the research into materials/documents that policy makers and educational practitioners can use. This helps to maximise the impact of the centre’s research findings within the academic community as well at the policy and practice levels.

  • Partnerships

    The partnership function of the centre utilises strategic alliances with other Australian and international research and development centres through research and consultancy collaboration, joint mobility programs, co-supervision of research higher degree students and producing joint publications.

The Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy is home to a range of education experts and also works with PhD candidates fostering world class research.

Master of Education (Policy in a Global Context specialisation)

  • Comparative Education Policy
  • Education Policy and Reform in Australia
  • Education Policy International Study (3 week study tour to Europe)
  • Globalisation and Leadership
  • Education Policy Negotiated Project

This course is also linked to the Master of Arts Lifelong Learning, with University College London (UK), University of Aarhus (Denmark) and University of Deusto (Spain).

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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Several CVEP staff lead core subjects and research subjects within the Master of Teaching (Secondary). These subjects include:

  • Social and Professional Contexts
  • Researching Educational Practice
  • Education Capstone Research Project
  • Learning & Teaching Contexts
  • Education Methodologies
  • Addressing Educational Disadvantage
  • Research Project

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CVEP staff are also involved in the following courses:

Contact us

Phone: +61 3 8344 3633
Email: cvep-info@unimelb.edu.au

Postal address

Centre for Vocational and Education Policy
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010


Level 6, 100 Leicester Street, Carlton