Susan Pascoe is Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. She is President and Chair of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), and Chair of the Community Director’s Council. She is a Trustee of St John of God Health, a Board member Mercy Health, a member of the AICD’s NFP Chair’s group, and a member of the Catholic Church’s Implementation Advisory Group’s Governance Review Project Team. Ms Pascoe is Principal of Kadisha Enterprises and of Baxter Lawley, which provide consultancy services primarily to government and the not-for-profit sector in the areas of governance, review, strategic planning, and leadership.
Ms Pascoe was the inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Australia's first national, independent regulator of charities from 2012 – 17. She led the Taskforce to create the ACNC in 2011 working across Commonwealth agencies, with the sector, and with states and territories to win consensus for a workable model.
Prior to this appointment, Ms Pascoe was Commissioner of the State Services Authority in Victoria. In this role she chaired or co-chaired reviews into the regulation of the not-for-profit sector (2007-08), the design and governance of regulatory bodies in Victoria (2008-09), and Victoria's Indigenous Employment Strategy (2008-09). Ms Pascoe was appointed in 2009 as one of three Commissioners for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Black Saturday Bushfires.
In 2017 Ms Pascoe and Prof Deborah Brennan chaired a review into Early Childhood Education for the Council for the Australian Federation, culminating in the Lifting our Game Report.
Ms Pascoe’s earlier career was in education. She participated in state, national and international efforts to improve the quality and equity of education. She served as President of the Australian College of Educators, CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Chief Executive of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. Ms Pascoe chaired the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, and was a Patron for the Melbourne Parliament for the World's Religions. She has chaired or served on several national and state health and education boards.
Ms Pascoe is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Public Administration of Australia and the College of Educators. Her significant achievements and leadership were acknowledged in 2007 when she was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to education through a range of executive roles, and international Initiatives for educators in the Pacific region. In November 2016 she was awarded the Leadership in Government Award for her outstanding contribution to public administration in Australia.