The Victorian Government has appointed Master Builders Victoria CEO Rebecca Casson as one of the inaugural members of its newly formed Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) Advisory Board.

The VSA was established in July 2021 and is a key response to the recommendations in Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy, led by former Federal Minister Jenny Macklin. The Authority will lead a revitalised approach to skills and training through the development of an annual Victorian Skills Plan to better guide the State’s training delivery.

The VSA Advisory Board has been established to provide advice to both the Government and VSA on the strategic direction and long-term performance of the Victorian training system, including input to the development of the Victorian Skills Plan.

With decades of experience working in senior leadership positions advising Governments and Agencies, both in Australia and overseas, Ms Casson brings strong skills and experience to the Advisory Board – including through her own early experiences in the vocational education and training sector.

Ms Casson said it was a great honour to be appointed to the VSA board, complementing her current role at Master Builders Victoria.

“I am honoured to take on this inaugural role at such a dynamic time for our State — the skills needed in Victoria, and particularly the building and construction industry, are changing rapidly,” she said.

“The Victorian Skills Authority will be tasked with dealing with these changes in thoughtful and innovative ways, and a refreshed approach will provide an opportunity for all sectors to benefit for many years to come.

“I look forward to working with the VSA and other members of the Advisory Board as we look to equip the next generation of Victorians with the skills they need to thrive in their careers.”