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Dr Melanie Spallek is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education. She has over ten years of project experience in longitudinal data management and analysis using both survey and administrative data, and has applied her methodological knowledge to real life project including a range of projects for government and non-government organisations with a policy development focus. She is knowledgeable of a large variety of longitudinal data analysis techniques, which she had also taught.

Melanie is a member of the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) technical advisory group, established by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to assist with the development of the third wave and to provide advice on methods, access, improvements and usability. The ACLD is the largest longitudinal Australian study available.

Melanie is passionate about research that makes a difference.

Research interests

  • Educational and well-being outcomes of disadvantaged people, including domestic and family violence victims and witnesses
  • Quantitative life course methodology
  • Big social and administrative data

Competitive grants and projects

2016-2017 Funding received to access and analyse sensitive and complex administrative linked data. Funding: not disclosed.
2016-2017 St Vincent de Paul Research: Taking time to disrupt emergency relief dependence. Funding: 75,000AUD
2015 LCC Capacity Building Fund: Sequence Analysis workshop development and dissemination. Funding: 10,000AUD

Research consultancy projects

Haynes M, Paddam S, Simpson L, Spallek M. Validation of the 2016 Actuarial Valuation for the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare. Report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Social Services, October 2017.
Ambrey CL, Parsell C, Spallek M, Robinson R. SOL Data Analysis Report: Taking time to disrupt dependency on emergency relief assistance. Report prepared for St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, June 2017.
Ambrey CL, Parsell C, Spallek M, and Robinson R. SOL Data Report. Report prepared for St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, April 2017.
Perales F, Spallek M, Bolano D, Mitrou F, Haynes M, Baxter J. SSRI/Census linked Dataset Data Access Pilot. Report prepared for the Australian Bureau of Statistic to provide feedback on Data Access Model and SSRI/Census Integrated Dataset Contents, December 2016.
Haynes M, Baffour B, Paddam S, Simpson L, Spallek M. Validation of the Actuarial Valuation for the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare. Report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Social Services, November 2016.
Spallek M and York S. ABS Longitudinal Datasets Training Scoping Study. Report prepared for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, July 2016.
Parsell C, Clarke A, Cheshire L & Spallek M. Data to Identify and Address Family Vulnerability: A Scoping Study. Report prepared for the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works, May 2016.
Adamson L, Brown W, Byles J, Chojenta C, Dobson A, Fitzgerald D, Hockey R, Loxton D, Powers J, Spallek M, Waters B & Watson M. Women’s weight: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Report prepared for Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing, June 2007. (Report 137).
Brown W, Byles J, Carrigan G, Dobson A, Dolja-Gore X, Gibson R, Hockey R, Powers J, Russell A, Spallek M & Young A. Trends in women’s health: Results from the ALSWH – priority conditions, risk factors and health behaviours. Report prepared for Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing, October 2006. (Report 125).
Bennett S, Wilson A, Spallek M, Dobson A, Liddle J, Warburton J, Bartlett H, Scuffham P. Research into Veteran Quality of Life, Health Care Utilization and Personal Attributes. Report prepared for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; Health Research & Development Section, 2005.

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