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Focus Areas

DXP Consulting adds value to the policy and other settings and conditions that best support the supply-side of the economy.

We informed or contributed to the representations of clients, or written or presented in our own right, on matters in the following Focus Areas:

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Post Secondary Education and Credentialing


Multiple quality and seamless pathways supporting and recognising lifelong and lifewide learning


Universities Accord submissions (ToR, Discussion Paper, Interim Report)

Productivity Review submission

Employment White Paper submission

Skills for the future discussion paper

Commonwealth Education Policy Framework

AQF review submission

The future of higher education reform

Transparency of higher education admissions processes

International education

Demand driven system


COVID-19: turbo-charging post compulsory education

Losing the competition for overseas students

Supporting the pipeline of job-ready law graduates?

Budget outcomes for education good but not great




Policy, funding and governance conditions that support a quality education for all


Submission on the Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System

Teachers Report Card 2021

Commonwealth Education Policy Framework

Parents Report Card 2020

Thought leadership on online learning

Sources of education funding

Parents Report Card 2018-19

Cost of schooling

Shaping the Victorian Government's position on the Gonski reforms

Human capital reform


The difference between working from home and working from home with kids during a pandemic


COVID-19 crisis highlights that teachers are under-recognised

Budget outcomes for education good but not great

The difference between working from home and working from home with kids during a pandemic

Never let a good crisis go to waste – improving equity in schooling

5 reasons for doing online learning for school students well

Re-imagining school funding


"It is a delight to work with Mary Clarke. Over the past two years across multiple engagements for Futurity, Mary has skillfully and professionally delivered insightful education and policy-focused research, analysis and commentary.

Notable outputs to date are the Futurity Parents Report Card, bespoke research and a new Thought Leadership series for NEiTA.

Mary’s enthusiasm for improving education systems and outcomes is evident to the reader as she brings to light the salient issues in each topic."

David Michell, Policy Research & Stakeholder Relations Manager, Futurity Investment Group

global talent

Global Talent


Skilled migration policies and settings that attract and retain global talent


Improving employability and migration outcomes for international graduates and migrants by building on professional year programs

Approaches to immigration: Australia and Canada compared

Submissions on the Migration Review

Productivity Review submission

Employment White Paper submission

Submissions on the skilled migration program review

Submissions to the skilled migration occupation list reviews

Experiences of international learners

Migration program review submissions

Australia's hybrid approach to optimise global talent flows

The proposed new approach to skilled migration occupation lists

Visa simplification: transforming Australia’s visa system

Review of essential skills in demand lists

Skilled and temporary migration review


Apples with Apples?Australia and Canada systems comparison

Labour market impacts of skilled migration



35 is to be the new 50, but it shouldn't

Losing the competition for overseas students

Migration impacts of COVID-19

Fighting for livelihoods while protecting lives: the importance of skilled migration

Why skilled migrants matter for growth


"VETASSESS has been working with Mary Clarke for some 2 years. Mary was quick to understand our business and our strategic priorities. She has worked on numerous presentations and thought pieces for VETASSESS which have been very well-received by global audiences. Apart from her professional expertise Mary Clarke has a wonderful demeanour and is great to work with. We highly recommend Mary for research work, development of thought leadership pieces and facilitation of discussion forums on economic and social issues around global mobility and skills recognition."

Dr Mamta Chauhan, Group Manager, Skills Recognition General Occupations, VETASSESS

"Mary Clarke of DXP Consulting significantly contributed to our joint government submission. Her expertise and currency in critical sectors including policy, education, migration, and economics strengthened our strategic positioning. Furthermore, Mary offered valuable feedback and insights which improved our research positioning and narrative. Through it all, Mary managed a diverse stakeholder group with grace and professionalism delivering an impactful report at a critical moment in Australia’s Migration Reform."

Elizabeth (Betsy) Gregg​​​​, Director, Migration Pathways, Australian Computer Society

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The Professions


Agile professions that are relevant and add public and private value in a changing world


Attracting the next generation of accounting professionals

Demand for the professional year Engineering

Demand and supply of accounting professionals in Australia

Demand and supply of accounting professionals in New Zealand

Mega trends shaping the accounting profession


State of the Victorian market for accounting professionals


Accounting education into the future


The future is bright for professionals, but what does it hold for their membership bodies?

Indigenous success



Organisation, community or initiative success through clear objectives, sound logic, optimal resource use and approaches owned by all


Finance Research Network (FIRN) review

FIRN board online strategy days facilitation

Skilled Migration Internship Program for Accountants review

Strategy day for Sydney University Finance Department


"DXP Consulting, with Mary Clarke as principal, has excelled in delivering on two briefs for our organisation. First DXP conducted a strategic review that resulted in a complete restructuring of the organisation putting us on a sustainable footing for the future. Secondly, DXP facilitated a day-long board meeting on strategy and risk management in accordance with best corporate governance practice.


DXP acts professionally and listens to the views of people before making suggestions and guidance. Mary Clarke as principal quickly understands the client’s needs and quickly establishes what needs to be done to provide an operational outcome and explicit recommendations. Her understanding of business and her skills in pulling together disparate sets of data into a cohesive whole enable her to produce very clear, understandable reports and templates that are vital in helping move an organisation forward. We are extremely satisfied with DXP’s work and we would use DXP again (and indeed we did) when the need arises."

Professor Christine Helliar, University of South Australia and Chair of the Board of the Finance Research Network (FIRN)

"Mary Clarke was contracted by the professional accounting bodies to examine alternative models of oversight and governance of the Accounting Professional Year Program. Mary’s professionalism coupled with her ability to fully engage with the Program Providers enabled her to produce a well informed and extensive report. A number of the recommendations Mary made in the report have been taken up by the Committee or are on the project list. She is a pleasure to work with and I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in the future."

Ms Sue La Roche, SMIPA Manager, CPA Australia


Indigenous Success


Capable Indigenous individuals, businesses and communities that take best advantage of unprecedented opportunities for self-determined success


Grant funding applications for business capabilities building programs

Assessment of current situation and opportunities for success

Indigenous business sector strategy submission

Accounting for Indigenous success

Creating parity – the Forrest Review

Preserving fisheries quota for Maori


Business studies empowering Indigenous success


"Mary Clarke is a consummate professional who cares about the needs of her clients and how best to meet them. She is approachable, a very good listener and excellent at delineating client needs and constraints.  She has high level business and behavioural skills in pulling together disparate data when preparing her briefs.  That, together with a good understanding of government and business processes gives her a real advantage in consulting work.  Her passion for good outcomes makes her a valuable and successful advocate for any organisation."

Indigenous Business Development Program providers: John Roberts, Professor of Marketing, University of New South Wales Business School, Baljit Sidhu, Professor of Accounting, University of Sydney, Tom Smith, Head of the Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, Macquarie University and Martina Linnenluecke, Professor of Environmental Finance, Macquarie University

gender equality

Gender equality


Opportunities for access, participation and success are gender blind.


Employment White Paper submission

Commonwealth Education Policy Framework


Enhancing Paid Parental Leave: Why it's not just good for mums


Enhancing Paid Parental Leave: Why it's not just good for mums

Lets hear it for the boys

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natural resource industries
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Making a difference


A third wave of national reform

Future funding of local government activities

The government's role in sport, fitness and leisure

Cost recovery


Inflated half truths

Should we be waging a war on wages?

Free, frank and fearless?

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