The next Commissioner of Jobs and Skills Australia has been named.

In a significant move for Australia's workforce development and skill acquisition strategy, Professor Barney Glover, the Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, has been named the next Commissioner of Jobs and Skills Australia. 

This appointment, set to commence in April 2024, following a decade of Glover’s leadership at one of the nation's most progressive educational institutions.

Jobs and Skills Australia, an independent body established by the Australian Government, plays a crucial role in advising on the evolving needs of the Australian economy's workforce and skills. 

It operates at the nexus of industry and education, providing critical insights into workforce participation, education and training, and economic productivity. 

As Commissioner, Professor Glover will leverage his extensive experience to engage with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including employers, governments, unions, and educational providers, to shape the future of Australia's workforce.

Professor Glover's decision not to seek reappointment as Vice-Chancellor, announced in December 2023, concludes a remarkable tenure that saw Western Sydney University surge in research excellence, international education partnerships, and student success. 

WSU Chancellor Professor Jennifer Westacott has lauded Professor Glover's appointment, emphasising his visionary leadership and unwavering dedication to the community and higher education's transformative power. 

“He leaves the University incredibly well positioned for future success, growth, and innovation,” she said. 

Reflecting on his tenure, Professor Glover expressed pride in the University's achievements, highlighting the collaborative efforts that propelled Western Sydney University forward. “Together we have nurtured this University’s distinct mission and identity, ensuring a rapid rise in tertiary attainment across the Western Sydney region over the last decade – an outstanding outcome,” Professor Glover remarked.

Skills Minister Brendan O'Connor commended Professor Glover's extensive experience and academic leadership, deeming him “eminently qualified for the role”.

Jobs and Skills Australia will be critical in shaping the nation's workforce strategy and addressing skills shortages through informed, evidence-based policy advice.