Queensland Government announces Training Ombudsman

On 5 October, Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D'Ath announced the appointment of Mr Geoffrey Favell as the Queensland Training Ombudsman.

As part of the government’s commitment to quality VET Training, the Training Ombudsman, an independent watchdog for the state’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, was established earlier this year.  The role is part of a 3 year, $5 million initiative by the government to address issues within the VET sector.

Having more than 30 years VET and Industrial Relations experience, Mr Favell will further establish the restoration of accountability within the VET sector.  As part of this role, Mr Favell will identify systemic issues in relation to the provision and quality of VET in Queensland, and review the licensing and quality of security training in this State.

The success of the initiative has well been demonstrated with the Training Ombudsman had received more than 250 complaints and enquiries from students, apprentices and trainees, employers and training organisations to 30 June 2016.

Further information on the Training Ombudsman can be found at