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Media Release

NEW ANTA BOARD APPOINTMENTS

22 July, 2004 MIN 815/04

I am pleased to announce that five appointments have been made to the Board of the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA). The number of positions on the Board has been expanded to increase industry expertise and input to the Board.

Ms Stella Axarlis AM, has been re-appointed as Deputy Chairperson on a part-time basis for three years. Ms Axarlis has made a valuable contribution to ANTA since her first appointment in 1995 and has been at the forefront of its work on New Apprenticeships and national consistency and quality.

Ms Leonie Clyne has been a member of ANTA since August 2001. Ms Clyne, Managing Director of Angus Clyne Pty Ltd, has been involved in the development of Australia’s National Strategy for Vocational Education and Training, Shaping our Future, and is looking forward to playing a role in its implementation.

Mr Noel Pearson has extensive experience in improving training and employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians. He is currently an adviser to a number of Indigenous organisations and also works in a voluntary capacity as Team Leader of Cape York Partnerships, a project negotiated between the Queensland Government and Aboriginal leaders of Cape York.

There are two new industry appointments, one a nominee of Business Council of Australia, and the other, a nominee of a large State: Ms Linda Heron, General Manager Learning and Development for Coles Myer; and Mr Brendan Crotty, Managing Director of Australand Holdings Limited.

The ANTA Board will work closely with industry and government to set in place Australia’s national strategy for vocational education and training, Shaping Our Future. Through this strategy we should see a stronger, more highly skilled workforce emerge - ultimately translating to a stronger performance by Australia and Australian businesses in the global

market.

I congratulate the new Board members on their appointments. I am confident that the breadth of knowledge and expertise that they represent will be a tremendous asset to ANTA in its role of advising and supporting the ANTA Ministerial Council and in ensuring that Australia’s VET system continues to be high quality, innovative and accessible and to meet industry needs.

Media Contact: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Laila Lacis 0412 040 034

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NEW ANTA BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Membership of the ANTA Board has been increased by two positions to bring greater depth to the industry representation and expertise. New appointments have also been made to fill positions left vacant by retiring members.

Stella Axarlis AM, has been re-appointed as Deputy Chairperson on a part-time basis for three years. Ms Axarlis has made a valuable contribution to ANTA since her first appointment in 1995 and has been at the forefront of its work on New Apprenticeships and national consistency and quality. Ms Axarlis is the Chair of the National Training Quality Council, Chair of the Centre for Health Interpreter Services and a member of the Premier’s Victorian Economic, Environmental and Social Advisory Council.

Leonie Clyne has been a member of ANTA since August 2001. Ms Clyne owns her own corporate clothing company, and has won several business awards, including the Prime Minister’s Small Business of the Year Award and the inaugural Enterprising Woman of the Year Award. Since joining ANTA in 2001, Ms Clyne has contributed as a small state representative and has played a leadership role in women in vocational education and training issues as chair of the ANTA National Women in VET Steering Committee.

Noel Pearson has extensive experience in improving training and employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians. He has recently been appointed as Director of the new Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, established to build the capacity of Indigenous Australians to influence public-policy debates affecting their communities. He is currently an adviser to a number of Indigenous organisations, including the Cape York Land Council, of which he was Chair from 1996-97. Mr Pearson also works in a voluntary capacity as Team Leader of Cape York Partnerships, a project negotiated between the Queensland Government and Aboriginal leaders of Cape York.

Linda Heron, as the General Manager Learning and Development for Coles Myer, is responsible for the management of the Coles Myer Institute and leads the team responsible for the learning needs of 174,000 Coles Myer employees. Ms Heron’s

considerable experience in industry’s vocational education and training sector has led to her appointment as a Director of the National Wholesale, Retail and Personal Services (WRAPS) Industry Training Council and a member of the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry Education and Training Industry Policy Taskforce.

Brendan Crotty brings industry experience to the Board, through his lifelong career in the construction industry and his understanding of its training needs. Mr Crotty is the Managing Director of Australand Holdings Limited, one of Australia’s largest property development companies.