The Turnbull Government has confirmed two key
appointments to Australia’s national regulator of vocational education and
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and
Skills Karen Andrews MP announced Mark Paterson AO has been appointed the new
Chief Commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) from
January 1, 2017.
“Mr Paterson’s contribution as an ASQA Commissioner
and his extensive experience across government and industry will be a great
asset in strengthening ASQA’s role in monitoring and assuring the quality of
Australia’s VET sector,” Minister Andrews said.
“His appointment comes at a time of important
reform for the sector.”
Minister Andrews also announced ASQA Commissioner,
Professor Michael Lavarch will be reappointed for another year when his current
term expires on 15 April 2017.
“Professor Lavarch has brought a strong background
in regulation, stakeholder management, and a thorough understanding of
Commonwealth and state legal frameworks to his role,’ Minister Andrews said.
ASQA plays a vital role in monitoring the quality of training and assessment in
Australia’s VET system, so that graduates have the knowledge and skills they
need and which industry and employers expect.
“I look forward to working with Mr Paterson and Professor Lavarch, and
congratulate them on their appointments,” Minister Andrews said.