Media Release


Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is delighted to welcome Paul Walsh as its new CEO.


Paul has been a key member of the AIS executive and leadership team over the past 8 years including 4 years as its Chief Operating Officer. He has distinguished himself as an energetic and visionary leader and brings with him a comprehensive knowledge of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and policy.


Announcing the appointment, AIS Board Chair Laurie D’Apice said “Paul is ideally placed to take over the responsibility and see the organisation forward on its journey as a leading skills service provider to support industry with its workforce development needs and the Australian economy more broadly. Paul has a strong focus and proven ability in building connections across a range of key industries and stakeholders to support skills development and to contribute positively to Australia’s workforce capability.’


“Paul’s strong track record of accomplishments includes his work on the international stage, most notably in the Pacific Alliance, APEC and IORA regions, where he has supported skills development and promoted the Australian VET system. Paul’s diverse background, including over 30 years in the transport industry from operational roles to company owner, also brings a strong understanding of business needs.”


“I am honored and looking forward to leading AIS as it takes on its next journey to support Australia’s training needs post COVID-19. I am focused on further building our expertise and strong industry connections to deliver innovative approaches to support the workforce of the future’, said Paul Walsh.


“The team at AIS is committed to making a real difference to people’s lives and supporting the life-long learning continuum. I will continue to set a high bar to ensure we deliver our vision to skill Australia’s workforce, for better lives and a sustainable and prosperous nation.”


The AIS Board extends its thanks to former CEO Robert Adams for his many achievements during his long tenure with the business and wishes him all the best in his retirement.


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