Professor Peter Noonan has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian tertiary education sector over 32 years.
Widely recognised as a national and international expert in tertiary education, influential policymaker and powerful advocate to government, Peter has been a policy advisor, researcher, senior executive in, and consultant to, federal and state governments, universities, HE providers and TAFE institutes.
Peter has played a major role in shaping, advancing and improving policy in the sector. He was involved in many of the reforms that characterise our modern tertiary education framework, including the redesign of the higher education system when he was a Principal Advisor to government during the Dawkins Revolution. These innovative reforms turned an elite system into one for the masses and according to Peter, "meant that Western suburbs kids could have a non-traditional university like VU".
Peter also led the establishment of the former Australian National Training Authority, playing a leading role in the development of the VET system in Australia.
He was a member of the Expert Panel for the Review of Australian Higher Education (Bradley Review) in 2008, undertook a Review of Post-Secondary Education for the Queensland Government, led work on Schooling Resources Standard for the Gonski Review and spearheaded a major project to develop a model of the Australian tertiary education system.
Most recently, Peter was appointed by the Minister for Education and Training to Chair the Australian Qualifications Framework Review, which will ensure the framework continues to meet the needs of contemporary students, industry, community and education providers.
He feels deeply about ensuring access to the knowledge, insights and global connections afforded by participation in tertiary education. He has served the sector with great distinction and consistently demonstrated strong personal and moral integrity, ensuring his research is robust and evidence based.