The Life Course Centre is a collaborative enterprise, bringing together expertise from throughout Australia and around the world. The Centre’s powerful partnership networks provide genuine interdisciplinary innovation, which translates into cutting-edge research.

Genuine interdisciplinary innovation demands prolonged systematic engagement between researchers that is only possible through an enterprise such as the Life Course Centre. It enables researchers who are attempting to answer common problems to integrate evidence and achieve high-level outcomes.

The Life Course Centre brings together a breadth of expertise from across the country and around the world to address the problem of deep and persistent disadvantage. The Centre’s structure provides a strong collective capacity and powerful partnership networks to translate cutting-edge research findings into real change for disadvantaged children and families.

The Life Course Centre is administered by The University of Queensland and has nodes at The University of Western Australia, The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney.

The Centre also has a wide range of collaborative links to national and international partners, including government, non-government and community service providers throughout Australia as well as international research institutions in North America, Europe and Asia.


Australian universities

The University of Queensland

  • Institute for Social Science Research (administering unit)
  • School of Social Science
  • School of Psychology

The University of Western Australia

  • Telethon Kids Institute

The University of Melbourne

  • Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

The University of Sydney

  • School of Economics

National partners

Australian Government Department of Social Services
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Australian Government Department of Employment
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Victorian Government, Department of Education and Training
Wesley Mission Queensland

International partners

University of California, Irvine
University of Ottawa
National University of Singapore
Boston College
University of Pennsylvania
University College London, Institute of Education
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Royal Holloway, University of London
University College Dublin
University of Essex, UK