Focus Areas


Post Secondary Education and Credentialing


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


AQF review submission

The future of higher education reform

Transparency of higher education admissions processes

International education

Demand driven system



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


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


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


"Mary Clarke has been engaged on several occasions by ASG. And for very good reasons. She brings to bear a rare blend of both an in depth and breadth of knowledge of education policy issues, expert analysis, data dexterity and a persuasive presentation style, Importantly, she also has a style of writing that is both appropriate to audience and a pleasure to read. To top it off Mary is a joy to do business with - ever pleasant, professional efficient and agile."

Ms Wahdiah Hopper, Former Director Policy and Advocacy, ASG


Global Talent


Skilled migration policies and settings that attract and retain global talent


Experiences of international learners

Australia's hybrid approach to optimise global talent flows

Migration program review submissions

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

Skilled occupation list


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

The Professions


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


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


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




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 strategy day

Skilled Migration Internship Program for Accountants review


"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

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