Our people

Elise Thorbecke


Elise is a consultant in the Melbourne office who has worked across a range of projects for federal and state government departments in the areas of early childhood education, the early childhood workforce, school education, and justice. Elise is experienced in conducting rigorous evaluations, engaging with, and leading complex and in-depth stakeholder consultation, thematic analysis, research, and project management.

About Elise

Prior to joining ACIL Allen, Elise worked in Government and non-Government settings in policy and project roles. Elise is experienced in applying systems change approaches to policy and legislative analysis at a cross jurisdictional level, in leading the development of submissions to state and federal Governments and in supporting organisational measurement, evaluation and learning strategies. 

Elise also brings a range of experience and knowledge in Victorian Government policies, legislation, programs, and projects having worked over 7 years in the Victorian Public Service, first as an Electorate Officer for the Parliament of Victoria and then as a Policy and Project Officer at the then Department of Education and Training. In both roles Elise engaged in community consultation, stakeholder management, advocacy, project management, communications, policy and legislative research and analysis - across a range of portfolio areas.

Key projects Elise has worked on recently relate to:

  • Evaluating the implementation of early childhood supports, programs and reforms, including for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities
  • Evaluating the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiatives in preventing CVE in the community
  • Evaluating school education, health, and wellbeing programs at a state and federal level.

Elise has a Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in Australian Indigenous Studies and Sociology from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from RMIT and has completed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Competence Course at the Centre for Cultural Competence.