Rod Camm is leaving the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, which he has led since 2014, saying his “work as a change agent is complete.” Mr Camm will go after the association’s August conference.
ACPET chair Bruce Callaghan calls him “a tireless and uniquely well-informed advocate for independent education,” adding, “Rod has worked through closures of registered training organisations, relocating displaced students and adjustments to major funding and contract changes in the sector.”
However, the board now wants a CEO to fill a “a very different role leading an industry association focussed on professional standards and on working with government and the public education sector on policy settings for the future.”
Comment: Rod Camm had the hardest job in Australian education for years, defending the for-profit training sector as its reputation was trashed by the very few but very greedy shonks and spivs who rorted the VET FEE HELP system. Mr Camm was always calm, always on message as he defended his members from reputational damage which will take years and years to repair. And throughout it all he remained across the labyrinth that is state and federal training policy and practise. That the worse for ACPET is over has a great deal to do with him.