Disruptive times such as these require thoughtful, clear leadership. Today, Monash University announces the Monash Commission, charged with fuelling national discussion and policy reform to address the challenges and shape opportunities affecting all Australians, starting with post-compulsory education.
The Monash Commission brings together the expertise of Monash University scholars, eminent Australians, local and international enterprise leaders, to inquire, provoke discussion and examine the best possible frameworks for a flexible, well-resourced and well-integrated system for both vocational and higher education.
The Monash Commission will conduct in-depth inquiries that capture the best available evidence and public perspectives to effect major change on vital matters, and assist Australia to respond to impending global and national challenges.
Monash University's President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the Monash Commission would offer a diversified, independent and informed perspective on important issues confronting Australians.
“Instead of waiting for change to happen, Monash University is focusing on the changes Australians want to see, and harnessing the expertise of leaders from enterprise, education and the community to advance with, and through, innovation, rather than be led by it,” Professor Gardner said.
“We're seeking to design policy options that make a substantive contribution to addressing key challenges for Australia and our region, and to shape a vision for the future.”
The inaugural Monash Commission will focus on Australia’s post-compulsory education sector.
“In coming decades, as many have argued and acknowledged, Australia’s economic prosperity will increasingly depend on the education, skills and entrepreneurship of its workforce. As a nation, we know we need to have an urgent discussion about how that system of education and training should be shaped for the future,” Professor Gardner said.
Each Commission will combine the expertise of Monash University scholars, eminent Australians, local and international enterprise leaders, leading thinkers on future societal challenges and other groups with insights to share, on the issues the inquiry seeks to address.
“We're seeking to design policy options that make a substantive contribution to addressing key challenges for Australia and our region, and to shape a vision for the future,” Professor Gardner said.
“To succeed, the Commission must ensure independent expertise is given voice and that engaging ways to collaborate with interested communities, as well as to fuel community discussion, are provided.
"Systemic change will come only by presenting compelling evidence, as well as ideas, to government and community."
Industry leader Elizabeth Proust AO, chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nestle Australia and Bank of Melbourne, will chair the first Commission inquiry. She'll be joined by:
Together they'll gather and assess evidence to identify the best possible frameworks for a flexible, well-resourced and well-integrated system of post-compulsory education, both vocational and higher education.
Ms Proust said the Commission’s focus would be on system design and governance, along with finance and resourcing.
“Our future post-compulsory education sector is critical to the nation’s future success,” she said.
“We must ensure it keeps pace with the growing demands of industry for new skills, sustains the research and development that allow us to adapt and innovate, and continues to perform as a significant export industry and regional engagement hub.
“I look forward to drawing on a broad range of views that will help shape post-compulsory education into the dynamic, adaptive, well-resourced and well-regulated sector Australia needs.”