Quality, equity and inclusion: Maximising participation in early learning


Mark Considine AM FASSA

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, University of Melbourne

Susan Danby FASSA

Director and Chief Investigator, Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child

Cheryl Dissanayake AM FINSAR FASSA

Olga Tennison Endowed Chair in Autism Research, La Trobe University

Andrea Verdich
Policy Manager

Date & Time

April 19, 2024



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2024 , Roundtables

Quality, equity and inclusion: Maximising participation in early learning

Friday 19 April 2024 | Canberra

This invitation-only policy roundtable connected the Productivity Commission team undertaking the inquiry into Australia’s early childhood education and care sector with a multidisciplinary group of Academy Fellows and leading social sciences experts.

The roundtable focused on two important aspects of the early learning system: effective models of system stewardship and supporting children with additional needs across the early years, within the context of the draft report A path to universal early childhood education and care.


Presenters and speakers included:

  • Professor Susan Danby | Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child
  • Lisa Gropp, Martin Stokie and Professor Deborah Brennan | Productivity Commissioners
  • Professor Ilan Katz | Social Policy Research Centre
  • Professor Cheryl Dissanayake | Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre
  • Professor Jenny Downs | Telethon Kids Institute
  • Professor Mark Considine | University of Melbourne
  • Dr Rob Bray | Australian National University
  • Professor Cheryl Dissanayake
  • Emeritus Professor Gabrielle Meagher

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