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Appointment of new ANTA CEO welcomed.

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June 11, 2003 MIN 375/03

I welcome the announcement that mining executive and social scientist Janina Gawler will be the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA).

Ms Gawler comes to ANTA from Rio Tinto, where she was Chief Advisor, Sustainable Regional Development, for the Argyle Diamond Mine in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

An outstanding candidate, Ms Gawler’s skills and experience in regional development, education, business and industry will serve her well in overseeing the continued expansion of our national vocational education and training (VET) system.

One of Ms Gawler’s first challenges will be guiding the implementation of the next national strategy for VET from 2004 to 2010.

Developed by outgoing ANTA CEO, Moira Scollay, the strategy will improve VET quality and create nationally recognised skill development opportunities for all Australians.

Ms Scollay has led both ANTA and the national VET sector over the past four-and-a-half years with great distinction.

The important contribution she made to the development of Australia’s world-class VET system is deeply appreciated by those involved with the sector in Australia.

Record funding of $2.1 billion in this year’s Commonwealth Budget for 2003-04 will ensure Australia’s VET system continues to underpin Australia’s strong economic growth.

Over the next four years the Government will devote $8.4 billion for vocational education and career counselling to build on its record high of 1.7 million people in training, including more than 375,000 New Apprentices.

For further information-Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Adam Barclay 0412 650 549