ASQA Announces Membership of New Stakeholder Liaison Group

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has announced the membership of its new Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG). ASQA established this group to complement its engagement and education activities by fostering a stronger connection with providers across the VET sector.

ASQA has included 17 members on this group, including Michelle Simpson (pictured, when she appeared in a recent ASQA video on audits), CEO of Tamworth Community College, and a member of CCA’s Board of Directors. The other not-for-profit community-based provider represented on the group is Belinda Russon, CEO of Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training. The group also includes two TAFE representatives, a number of private for-profit RTO members, enterprise RTO representatives, a secondary school, a theological college and two VET sector consultants.

The full membership of the group is:

  • Michelle Simpson, Tamworth Community College
  • Kerri Buttery, VETNexus Pty Ltd
  • Andrew Cameron, St Mark’s National Theological Centre
  • Margie Fixter, TAFE SA
  • Julie Healy, TAFE Queensland
  • Jo Kwai, Shafston House College Pty Ltd
  • Linda Manning, Karen Sheldon Group Pty Ltd
  • Serryn O’Regan, Evolve College Pty Ltd
  • Karen Plowman, McDonald’s Australia Ltd
  • Christine Robertson, Open Colleges Pty Ltd
  • Belinda Russon, Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training
  • Alex Schroder, VETPrep Australia Pty Ltd
  • Cara Schultz, NSW Rural Fire Service
  • Andrew Shea, Builders Academy of Australia
  • Matthew Trott, Training Services Australia Pty Ltd
  • Sue Watts, Catholic Schools Office Lismore Diocese
  • Simon Wiggins, Avidity Training Pty Ltd

In announcing the formation of the group, ASQA’s Chief Commissioner and CEO, Ms Saxon Rice, said that, “The tremendous response to the EOI opportunity demonstrates the strong interest of providers and consultants to this engagement opportunity.”

Michelle Simpson, new SLG member and CEO of Tamworth Community College, said: “I am proud to accept this appointment. I believe involvement in previous ASQA/ALA Stakeholder Engagement Committees and the recent ASQA educative vodcast series has produced positive outcomes for our sector. I’m motivated and committed to continue working with ASQA in developing the approach to engagement and education, and identifying and responding to the unique issues facing community education providers, their students and stakeholders.”

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