Wednesday, 18 May 2022
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Dr Don Zoellner will be representing the Northern Territory on the new Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Advisory Council.
Dr Don Zoellner will be representing the Northern Territory on the new Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Advisory Council.

CDU VET Expert appointed to National Vocational Education and Training Advisory Council

Charles Darwin University Fellow Dr Don Zoellner has been appointed to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Advisory Council.

The inaugural Advisory Council will support Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to continue its focus on best practice regulation of the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Members have been appointed for their expertise in governance, regulation, industry engagement, and education and training.

Dr Zoellner has worked in the education and VET sectors in the Northern Territory for almost 50 years and in 2013 completed his PhD Thesis at CDU on VET policy development and implementation.

“This new Advisory Council brings together a vast range of VET expertise and I will ensure that my future colleagues understand the unique operating environments facing registered training organisations located outside the major cities,” Dr Zoellner said.

“Ensuring that the national VET regulator is fully informed about the issues facing and the needs of regional and remote employers and students will also be an important part of my role on the Advisory Council.”

“All Australians, regardless of where the choose to live, are entitled to reap the benefits of high quality, nationally consistent training for jobs that currently exist and those that are emerging.”

ASQA’s primary purpose is to ensure quality VET so that students, employers, governments, and the community have confidence in the integrity of national qualifications issued by training providers.

Establishment of the Advisory Council is a key recommendation of the 2020 Rapid Review of ASQA’s governance, culture and regulatory practice.

The current governance arrangements were introduced in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Governance and Other Matters) Bill 2020, which was subsequently passed by the Australian Parliament and included the formation of an advisory council comprising experts from regulatory practice, sector and business engagement, and education and training.