About us

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, including 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:

  • Gary Barnes, Deputy Secretary - Economic, Skills and Regional Development, Department of Industry
  • Adam Boyton, Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank, Australia
  • Denise Bradley AC, former Vice-Chancellor and Chair, Review of Australian Higher Education
  • Philip Clark AM - Chair
  • Mark Goodsell, Director - NSW, Australian Industry Group
  • Kay Hull AM, former Nationals MP and small business manager in the Riverina
  • David Liddiard OAM, Managing Director of David Liddiard Group
  • Marie Persson, Former member of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency
  • Gemma Van Halderen, First Assistant Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics

To support a flexible, efficient and responsive NSW vocational education and training system, the Board is in the process of establishing three reference groups, an Industry Reference Group, a Provider Reference Group and a Consumer Reference Group. These groups will provide input to the Board on specific matters relevant to vocational education and training and skills reform.

Contact Us
NSW Skills Board Secretariat
Locked Bag 53
Darlinghurst, NSW, 1300
Email: nswskillsboard.secretariat@industry.nsw.gov.au