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 incentives 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.

Discussion paper

A Discussion paper was published on 26 September 2019 to inform the co-design of the National Skills Commission. Online submissions to the discussion paper closed on Friday 22 November 2019.  For more information please email