The NSW Skills Board was established under the Skills Board Bill in 2013, which received assent on the 27th of November 2013. The NSW Skills Board replaced the Board of Vocational Education and Training (BVET).
The NSW Skills Board advises the NSW Government on how best to meet the skills and training needs of NSW individuals, industry, regions and the economy. The Board provides independent, high level, strategic advice on the vocational education and training system in NSW.
The Board is also responsible for overseeing major reform of the vocational education and training system in NSW. This included the shift to a more contestable training market, funding allocations, training outcomes, quality assurance and budget sustainability under Smart and Skilled.
The NSW Skills Board is chaired by Philip Clark AM, who has extensive knowledge and experience in business and education policy, having chaired the Federal Government's Higher Education Endowment Fund Advisory Board and the NSW Government Task Force on International Education and Research.
Members of the NSW Skills Board have been selected for their sound knowledge of skills and higher education, high-level experience of market operations, and strong understanding of financial, risk and project management. The members of the Board in alphabetical order are:
- Mr Adam Boyton, former Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank, Australia
- Professor Denise Bradley AC, former Vice-Chancellor and Chair, Review of Australian Higher Education
- Mr Philip Clark AM - Chair
- Ms Zoe de Saram, Deputy Secretary - Skills and Economic Development, Department of Industry
- Mr Mark Goodsell, Director - NSW, Australian Industry Group
- Mrs Kay Hull AM, former Nationals MP and small business manager in the Riverina
- Mr David Liddiard OAM, Managing Director of David Liddiard Group
- Ms Marie Persson, Former member of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency
To support a flexible, efficient and responsive NSW vocational education and training system, the Board established two reference groups, an Industry Reference Group and Provider Reference Group. These groups provide input to the Board on specific matters relevant to vocational education and training and skills reform.
The Reference Groups are advisory bodies to the NSW Skills Board.
Code of Conduct
The NSW Skills Board - Code of Conduct outlines the values, principles and standards of behaviour expected of members of the Board, its Reference Groups and Sub-Committees.
The NSW Skills Board is a government board, subject to relevant NSW Government guidelines and legislation. The Code of Conduct has been developed with reference to the ethical framework outlined in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Conduct Guidelines for Members of NSW Government Boards and Committees (2008),and Chapter 8 -Model Code of Conduct, of the NSW Public Service Commission’s Personnel Handbook (Version 12.4, 2012). This is to ensure best practice and high standards of corporate governance in the conduct of the Board.