Release type: Media Release


New Australian Industry and Skills Committee Chair


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Morrison Government is ensuring the nation has the agile, skilled workforce it needs, with the appointment of the new Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) Chair. Though the AISC industry plays an integral role in the Australian vocational education and training sector.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, today announced Emeritus Professor Tracey Horton AO has been appointed as AISC Chair.

The AISC gives industry a formal role in approving VET training packages for implementation. It will work with government to strengthen industry engagement to drive improvements for courses and training based on industry need.

The important work of the AISC, Skilled Services Organisations and Industry Reference Committees is continuing as the Morrison Government implements its Skills Package and works with the states and territories to reform the VET sector.

As Chair of the AISC, Professor Horton will lead this work bringing a wealth of experience from a range of government and not-for-profit boards, and I thank her for taking on this important role,” Minister Cash said.

“Australia requires a highly-trained and flexible workforce to ensure industry has the skilled workers it needs to increase productivity, adapt to rapid technological change and to foster innovation. This is why the role of the AISC is so important.

“Professor Horton will bring her considerable experience to lead the work of the AISC at this time of significant transformation. It will work with government and industry stakeholders to support the reform measures announced in the Commonwealth 2019-20 Budget.

“I want to thank Professor John Pollaers OAM for his great work as the Chair of the AISC, and his significant contribution to vocational education and training.”