National Skills Commission


The National Skills Commission (Commission) will provide national leadership to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

The Commission will oversee the Australian Government’s investment in VET and drive long-term improvements to the VET sector. It will undertake research and analysis of future skills needs across industry to ensure government funding addresses national labour market priorities including those arising from developing technologies.

The Commission’s role and functions will be refined through the co-design process to ensure that the Commission complements and enhances the VET system, improves coordination, coherency and efficiency, and enables local and regional solutions.

Interim National Skills Commissioner

Photo of Adam Boyton

Mr Adam Boyton was announced as the Interim National Skills Commissioner on 24 October 2019.

In his role as the Interim Commissioner, Mr Boyton will lead critical technical work to establish a robust evidence base for reforms to the Australian education and training system, including the future role for the National Skills Commission. He will engage with stakeholders across government and industry, and develop advice on options for an efficient pricing model and forecasting labour market demand for skills. Mr Boyton will also review the effectiveness of initiatives to increase apprenticeship numbers.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Boyton was the Chief Economist at the Business Council of Australia and was previously the Australian Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank. He has been a member of the NSW Skills Board since 2013 and has been closely involved in the development of pricing, funding and costing models and in the continuous review and assessment of VET in NSW

National Skills Commission co-design discussion paper

A National Skills Commission co-design Discussion paper has been published to inform the conversation on what the final model may look like.

Co-design for the Commission is focused on three broad questions:

  • Are the roles and responsibilities proposed for the National Skills Commission appropriate?
  • What organisational capabilities will the National Skills Commission need?
  • What governance is needed to give the National Skills Commission the legitimacy and impact it needs?

Your input and submission will inform the best operating model of the Commission.

Submissions do not need to respond to all questions. 

Submissions close on Friday 22 November 2019. For more information please email

Unless indicated otherwise, responses may be published online on the Department's website. All comments will be considered as part of the co-design process.