Dr Suggett believes that a country like Australia has great capacity to meet the educational needs of the full spectrum of young people. However, we still allow too many to slip through the net and be denied the opportunity to reach their potential in education and employment and experience the personal fulfilment we are all entitled to.
Sadly, there continues to be an inescapable link between social and economic inequity and educational outcomes. The costs of lost opportunity in Australian education from early leaving and disengagement are enormous.
Dr Suggett has been in positions over a number of decades where she has sought to influence education policies and initiatives that advance the opportunities for those missing out. She has held executive positions in state and federal governments and business and has had direct engagement with schools, young people and communities.