ASQA Executive and Organisational Structure
New governance arrangements passed by the Australian Parliament on 24 August 2020 mean that ASQA commissioners have been replaced with a single head of agency who is the accountable authority. The agency is supported by an advisory council comprising experts from areas such as regulatory practice, sector and business engagement and education and training.
The National VET Regulator is also ASQA's Chief Executive Officer, who is appointed by the Governor-General for up to five years.
Chief Executive Officer
National VET Regulator and Chief Executive Officer
Saxon Rice has extensive experience across the VET and employment services sectors as well as the public policy process. Ms Rice previously held a range of senior government, VET and management positions. She was Assistant Minister for Technical and Further Education in the former Queensland Government from 2012 to 2015, and Chair of the then Ministerial Industry Commission responsible for industry engagement.
Ms Rice is a former Director of Global Business Development for an Australian employment services company and was responsible for significant growth into new countries in the European and Asian markets. Ms Rice has also served in a range of Senate Committee Secretariats, including as Acting Secretary and Principal Research Officer to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee. More recently, she was a Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from 2016 to 2018 and is a Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Rice commenced as a Commissioner of ASQA on 16 April 2018, before being appointed as Chief Commissioner and CEO (initially Acting) on 7 October 2019. On 1 January 2021, Ms Rice became the National VET Regulator and Chief Executive Officer.
Deputy CEO and Executive General Manager Quality & Risk
Deputy CEO and Executive General Manager, Quality and Risk, Christina Bolger was appointed to this newly created role in September 2020. Ms Bolger has held leadership roles in the Australian Public Service across policy, regulation and service delivery, with experience in a range of program areas including health, rehabilitation, quality and safety.
She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration (ANZSOG, ANU) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
David Miller, General Manager, Strategy and Performance
Accountable for corporate and enabling functions including ASQA’s people, finance strategy and internal system of controls.
Simon Thorn, General Manager, Registration and Risk
With responsibilities for data and intelligence analysis, application and impact.
Benn Gramola, Quality Assessment and Compliance
Overseeing the establishment of efficient and effective operations of the assessment and compliance functions.
Rob Crispe, General Manager, Engagement and Education
Ensuring strong engagement and collaboration with external stakeholders as well as the key regulatory function of education.
Below is ASQA’s national organisation structure, as at 1 January 2021. Some of the functions shown are performed in multiple ASQA offices across Australia.