Committed to creating lasting change

As an ARC Centre of Excellence, the Life Course Centre coordinates people and resources from across organisations and disciplines towards a common research goal.

The Life Course Centre is administered by the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland (lead node) and has nodes at the University of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney.

Our organisational structure manages the wide-ranging functions of the Centre, which include:

  • setting the Centre’s strategic direction
  • overseeing research programs and reporting
  • delivering training for research higher degree students and industry
  • developing and maintaining data-management processes
  • arranging research visits between national and international collaborators
  • promoting knowledge transfer activities to ensure our findings are easily accessible.

Advisory Committee

The Centre’s Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance and advocacy for the Centre to ensure its work is grounded in political reality and has a public voice. It has an independent Chair, and includes representation from government and non-government organisations.

The Advisory Committee meets twice a year to advise on the Centre’s research and engagement strategy, and to identify opportunities to address emerging public research priorities, leverage research funds and broker new partnerships.


The Hon Amanda Vanstone (Chair)
Ms Serena Wilson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Social Services
Mr Tony Nicholson, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Professor Greg Duncan, School of Education, University of California-Irvine

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee coordinates the Centre’s research development and scientific exchange and also provides oversight for Centre operations. Headed by the Centre Director Professor Janeen Baxter, the Committee is made up of the Deputy Director (Research), the Centre’s portfolio leaders and the Centre Manager Dr Lucy Mills.

It meets bi-monthly to provide leadership for the Life Course Centre’s research program, and to manage research performance against established measures. It also coordinates the Centre’s key inputs including equipment, technology, and cash and in-kind contributions.

The Executive Committee is also responsible for the connectivity of international and industry partner investigators to support the Centre’s collaborative linkages and to ensure it achieves world-class research outcomes.

Research programs

The Centre extends Australia’s evidence base of the causal mechanisms for disadvantage through three programs of research:

Disadvantage Systems: Professor Mark Western

Human Capabilities: Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark

Social Transformation: Professor Lorraine Mazerolle

Organisational chart

Organisational Structure