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Strategic support to key tertiary education stakeholders

Claire Field and Associates provides advice and strategic support to key Australian and international providers and stakeholders across the tertiary education sector. We assist education providers and others engaged in the tertiary education sector to successfully navigate changes in policy, funding and regulatory settings across the vocational education and training (VET), international and higher education sectors, as well the impact of EdTech.

Understanding Australian education within the global context

Claire’s international presentations in 2022 include a keynote address to HolonIQ’s ‘Global Impact Summit’ in Melbourne, presenting at the Melbourne EdTech Summit, a panel presentation to UNESCO’s Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII), and a panel presentation at the 2022 Australia China Business Council’s annual Education Symposium. In 2021 she gave a keynote address to the ‘ISANA International Education Association Conference’, was the Panel Chair of the ‘Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting: Enhancing the Mobility and Skills of Pacific Workers through Skills Recognition in the Pacific’, Panel Chair of the Melbourne EdTech Summit ‘The War for Talent: EdTech Enabling Industry Growth’,  presented at the Australia China Business Council Annual Education Symposium, and was Panel Chair ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue ‘EdTech in South East Asia’.

In 2020 she spoke at a range of conferences and online events as well as hosting the ‘Reinventing VET for the Digital Age’ conference.

Claire has been invited by overseas governments and agencies to speak at a range of conferences including the December 2019 ‘For the Future: International Conference on VET Development’ in Beijing, China. In November 2019 she chaired the panel discussion on ‘Harnessing Digital Technology for Application in Workplace Training with Employment Outcomes’ at the ASEAN-Australia Education Dialogue in Penang, Malaysia. She delivered a keynote address on quality in the private tertiary education sector at the invitation of the Singapore government, and was invited by UNECSO to deliver a keynote conference address in Myanmar.

Claire’s focus is on what Australian providers can learn from global education trends and how international forces are shaping the Australian post-secondary education sector.

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Higher education and VET providers

Claire Field and Associates work with higher education and vocational education and training providers to:

  • expand their operations through the identification of new business opportunities and potential partners (on and offshore)
  • understand and proactively respond to emerging policy changes and competition from non-accredited education providers
  • explore EdTech opportunities and partnerships
  • undertake reviews of their business operations and assist with strategic planning, and
  • assist with due diligence on potential acquisitions.

Consulting services that assist government agencies and tertiary education providers

Claire Field and Associates also provide consulting services that assist government agencies and tertiary education providers to:

  • understand the changing world of work and changing skill needs
  • develop new regulatory approaches
  • examine the growth and potential of EdTech
  • develop new business models, and
  • review the performance of higher education and vocational training organisations.

Strategic reviews

Recent strategic reviews undertaken for public organisations include:

  • reviews and advice in relation to merger and acquisition opportunities
  • advice on international education partnerships
  • analysis of the impact of ChatGPT on Australian tertiary education providers
  • a review for Taronga Zoo’s registered training organisation (with the Higher Education Consulting Group)
  • an analysis of the impact of digital disruption and technological change in the Australian manufacturing sector for IBSA Manufacturing
  • assessing the delivery profile of TAFE NSW’s Sydney Institute
  • a review of the Department of Defence’s registered training organisation (with Quantum Consulting), and
  • the development of annual Industry Skills Forecasts for various national Industry Reference Committees.

About Claire Field

Claire Field is a non-Executive Director of EduGrowth which is Australia’s education technology industry hub and accelerator. She is also a member of the Australian government’s Pacific Australian Labour Mobility (PALM) Advisory Group and is the Australian education contributor for the Global Education Market Intelligence firm, HolonIQ.

Claire has worked in a variety of educational institutions including TAFE NSW and a national not-for-profit VET provider. She is the former Chief Executive of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) which represented more than 1,000 private VET and higher education providers. Prior to that Claire held senior positions in State and Commonwealth government agencies with responsibility for policy, planning, performance review, and regulatory reform in the post-secondary education sector.

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Acknowledgement of Country

As a Sydney-based agency with a national footprint, we acknowledge the traditional ownership the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, as well as Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. In our work in the education sector, we pay particular respect to the ongoing importance of education to Traditional Owners, in the passing on of knowledge through song, story telling and other means for thousands of years on this land.