Agnes Goh-Grapes has altogether over 35 years of working experience here in Australia and overseas: New Zealand, Germany, China, South Korea and Malaysia, predominantly in the education sector. Her strategic skills, professional approach, and being very adaptable, open and outcomes focussed, has led her into various significant positions.


Agnes managed two major schools in the Victorian University of Wellington, New Zealand –Architecture and Design; and Social Sciences. She was appointed as Executive Officer, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, managing its Head Office and nine Branches. Agnes then lived and worked in Germany for four years at a niche Biochemical Consultancy in the BioValley. In this position, Agnes conducted marketing, sourcing and outsourcing activities for the European market. This work was then extended to China for a year, and Agnes liaised extensively with chemical suppliers sourcing compounds for its international markets in the UK, US, Europe and Canada. While assuming the consultancy role in China, Agnes was contracted by a prestigious university in Guangzhou to assist in its globalisation pursuits. She provided strategic advice related to globalisation, including contracts for professorial exchanges, workshop training for Managers and Directors, reviewing and editing the university’s prospectuses and web pages to enhance its image in academic teaching and research excellence.


Life was never a dull moment in China, and on top of the consultancy work, Agnes volunteered as a journalist for an expatriate magazine, interviewing expatriates, researching and writing prolifically on various subjects, growing its readership to a record high. When Agnes left China for Seoul, South Korea she continued to practise journalism, writing articles for its expatriate magazine and the Korea Times newspaper. Altogether, Agnes has published over 60 articles in scientific journals and international magazines; a 28-page book chapter, and newspapers articles published in The Korea Times.


Melbourne has been home to Agnes since 2008, and she initially worked in a Registered Training Organisation as a Communications and Student Services Manager. Agnes then went on to work at the Department of Education and Training for over 10 years, specialising in audit and compliance, and grants programs. Whilst in the Department, Agnes had oversight of an innovation grants program comprising 52 grant projects, worth nearly $90m; and developed an Assessment Model to enable a competitive approach for the review of grants applications and the critical analysis of programs funded within Victoria. Agnes’ ability to be strategically focussed, detailed oriented and analytical also led her to other major achievements within the Department including streamlining and re-design of a grants program; the development of a contemporary risk management framework, Victorian Data Explorer visualisation tool, and specialist employer survey reports and infographics.