Peter Noonan


Peter Noonan has played a major role in shaping policy in Australia’s education and training system and has experience working as a policy adviser, senior executive and consultant to federal and state governments, universities, higher education providers and TAFE institutes. Peter has been instrumental to several major policy changes and reviews. He is a Mitchell Professorial Fellow.

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23 Apr 2018

If participation rates in higher education and VET in Australia fall as the population increases, there will be fewer people of prime working age who can effectively participate in the labour market in the future. The level of participation in VET and higher education, and...


21 Aug 2017

This report debunks claims from Government, Opposition and industry leaders about Australia’s apprenticeship system being in crisis.

Discussion paper

23 May 2016

Whether our tertiary education system can sustain, let alone improve participation levels, should be an important consideration for public policy.

This presentation supporting paper showcases different scenarios of future participation in vocational and higher education in Australia. The forecasts show that governments must take...

Audio interview


14 Apr 2016

Panel discussion on the Australian VET sector with Peter Noonan (Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy Professorial Fellow), Megan Lilly (Manufacturing Skills Australia head of Workforce Development), and Bruce Mackenzie (former Chairman and founder of TAFE Directors Australia).

A couple of...


16 Mar 2016


The vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia plays a central role in the development of skills for the Australian workforce and through that role makes a critical contribution to workforce participation, productivity levels, individual’s life chances and economic and social...

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