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Francesca Beddie

Francesca writes history and non-fiction. Her interests are eclectic, bound together by a belief in the power of words to inform, persuade and move people. She writes about education and public policy, and is fascinated by the fin-de-siecle (19th and 20th century) in Russia.

She is a former Australian diplomat, who served in Jakarta, Moscow and Berlin, as well as private secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. She also worked as a senior official in the then Australian Agency for International Development. From 2002 to 2004 she was executive director of Adult Learning Australia. From 2007 to 2012 Francesca was manager, then general manager, research at the National Centre for Vocational and Education Research (NCVER).

Francesca studied history at the Australian National University, has a Certificate IV in training and assessment and holds the Australian Institute of Company Directors diploma. She speaks German, Indonesian and some Russian. Francesca is a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT) and the Australian Society of Authors.


Putting life into years : the Commonwealth’s role in Australia’s health since 1901 (2001)


Testimonial icon extendedFrancesca Beddie has put together a comprehensive and informative account of the history of the Commonwealth’s evolving role in health matters during the past century…Milton Lewis, University of Sydney, Health and History, 4/2 2002

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For works on tertiary education click here




Innovation and Creativity: The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training inquired into how Australia’s tertiary education system—including universities and public and private providers of vocational education and training—can meet the needs of a future labour force focused on innovation and creativity. Its report was published in May 2017.

Francesca’s submission is available on the committee’s website.


University of Canberra see Francesca’s speech at the University of Canberra’s graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Education, Parliament House, 28 March 2012.

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