Transfer to Minister for Skills

23 July 2015

On 2 April 2015, administrative arrangements transferred responsibility for the Skills Board Act 2013 to the Minister for Skills, the Hon. John Barilaro, MP, within the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development.

On 1 July 2015, State Training Services, which provides administrative support to the Skills Board, moved from the Department of Education and Communities to the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development (formerly known as NSW Trade & Investment).

The transfer of the NSW Skills Board and State Training Services to the Department of Industry will ensure programs are closely aligned with economic, regional and small business development.

The vision of the Department of Industry is to ensure a strong and diverse NSW economy by engaging and collaborating with business, industry and the community; providing advice, support, technical knowledge, science and research capabilities; and building skills by funding vocational education and training through TAFE NSW Institutes and other registered training organisations to improve job participation and to help drive sustainable economic growth and productivity.