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About Kerry Russell

Our Principal Consultant, Kerry Russell, has worked in the VET sector in Australia for over 15 years in various roles with both private registered training organisations (RTOs) and the Queensland state VET regulator and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

After a number of years in a private RTO as a Compliance Officer, Kerry accepted a position with the then state VET regulator as an AQTF Principal Compliance Auditor, conducting audits of RTOs and leading a team of auditors and later, was appointed to the role of Manager, Registration and Course Accreditation services.

In late 2010, Kerry was invited to join the taskforce formed to establish Australia’s first national VET regulator, undertaking a variety of projects to ensure the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) could commence operations from 1 July 2011. She was subsequently appointed to the role of National Manager – Course Accreditation and played a key role in establishing the efficient operation of that regulatory function for ASQA.  Kerry then moved to the position of Compliance Manager – Business Improvement to, among other things, establish ASQA’s compliance moderation strategy and develop and implement business procedures for allocating, planning and conducting audits.

In mid-2014, Kerry established ‘Kerry Russell and Associates’, a VET consultancy, and has consistently worked with RTOs and course owners to establish their training businesses and accredited courses, to monitor operational compliance and to respond to compliance issues as they arise. Kerry also has contracts with other agencies and industry stakeholders to provide audit and assessment validation services.

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(Updated February 2020)