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New Commissioner joins the Australian Skills Quality Authority

Dr Irene Ioannakis, a highly regarded leader in education and training with over 30 years of experience, has been appointed a commissioner of the vocational education and training (VET) independent regulator.

Dr Ioannakis was today announced as a commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is integral to ensuring the reputation and integrity of the VET sector.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP, congratulated Dr Ioannakis on her appointment.

“Dr Ioannakis is a respected industry leader in the VET sector, with extensive experience and knowledge developed over a diverse career,” Minister Andrews said.

“She will enhance the capacity of ASQA to effectively and efficiently protect students, employers and the public against providers that don’t meet high quality standards.

“Her appointment comes at a time where the Turnbull Government continues to pursue important reforms to the sector.”

Dr Ioannakis started her career as a university lecturer and teacher, has been a successful Managing Director of a registered training organisation, and held a number of senior positions in the private sector including Chevron Australia and GE Oil and Gas.

She also has extensive VET governance experience as a senior VET practitioner appointed by the WA Minister for Training and Workforce Development to the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), the WA state regulator for VET.

Dr Ioannakis will join Chief Commissioner Mr Mark Paterson AO and Commissioner Professor the Hon Michael Lavarch AO on 11 September 2017.