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The Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) is excited to announce the appointment of Craig Robertson as its founding Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Robertson brings a wealth of knowledge in the training and skills field to the role. He has a reputation as a leader in vocational training policy and reform and has had a significant career in the state and federal public sector.

He has most recently held roles as the Chief Executive Officer for TAFE Directors Australia, as well as a Deputy Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Department of Education and Training.

Mr Robertson and the soon-to-be-announced Advisory Board will be accountable to the Minister for Training and Skills for bringing together industry, unions, TAFEs and other training providers, and communities to create an improved skills system.

Craig Robertson will lead the VSA in the achievement of its four key roles:

  1. To use data and insights to better plan for the future training needs of Victoria’s economy and provide informed advice to Government.
  2. The solving of local and industry skills issues by unblocking and unlocking training where it is needed.
  3. Leading an integrated approach to building the quality of teaching and training.
  4. Driving innovation across the skills sector.

Critical industry engagement, including the work of the 10 existing Industry Advisory Groups and work on Regional Skills Plans, will continue under the VSA.

The VSA will also oversee the VET Development Centre, Skills and Jobs Centres, the TAFE and Training Phone Line, and the Victorian Skills Gateway (an online directory of training courses and occupations).

Under Mr Robertson’s leadership, the VSA will work closely with the higher education and skills group, as well as the newly formed Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery to drive an integrated and collaborative approach to planning and delivering quality skills outcomes.

Craig Robertson will formally begin his new role on Monday 23 August 2021.

Reviewed 06 August 2021

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