09 March 2012

Green economy – green skills symposium

The Green Economy – Green Skills Symposium was presented by the EU Centre at RMIT in partnership with the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), supported by the RMIT Sustainability Committee and the Global Cities Institute research program on Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF).

This one-day symposium was held to promote the sharing of experiences in the development of policy, programs and practice in Green Skills.

Event details


Green economy – green skills symposium



9:00 - 16:30


Emily McPherson Building, 13.03.09

Green Skills attendees

From left to right: Professor Rupert Maclean, Professor Bruce Wilson, Professor John Fien, SimonasGausas, Dr Namchul Lee, Prof Huang Chunlin, Jason Van Ballegooyen, Mr Martin Riordan.

Download the symposium program (PDF 760 KB)
Download the symposium agenda (PDF 107 KB)

Keynote presentations

Keynote 1: Overview of greening from the European perspective: wall or windmill? (PDF 353 KB)
Mr Simonas Gausas, Partner, Visionary Analytics

Keynote 2: Confused and contested: the perverse policy imperatives underlying Australia's green economic challenge (PDF 466 KB)
Mr Ben Eltham, Fellow, Centre for Policy Development (CPD); Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

Panel 1

Paper 1.1: Greening TVET for Green economy in China (PDF 767 KB)
Prof. Huang Chunlin (Chandler) Vice President, Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics (ZJTIE), China

Paper 1.2: Korea’s response to realizing green growth – with focus on vocational education and training (PDF 895 KB)
Dr Namchul Lee, Director General, Korean Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training (KRIVET), Korea

Paper 1.3: Australia’s green skills policy framework: building capacity and capability (PDF 858 KB)
Mr Jason Van Ballegooyen, A/g Director I Green Skills & New Technology, Industry Skills & Productivity, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE)

Green Skills panel 1

Green Skills panel 1. From left to right: Professor Bruce Wilson, MrSimonasGausas, Mr Ben Eltham.

Special presentation

Green concepts in action (PDF 876 KB)
Dale Hardiman, Industrial Designer

Panel 2

Paper 2.1: Gen green survey 2011 (PDF 92 KB)
Australian apprentices’ & trainees’ experience of skills and sustainability in 2011.
Mr Mark Callaghan, CEO WorldSkills Australia (WSA)

Paper 2.2: The influence of TAFE in Australia in developing the green skills agenda (PDF 430 KB)
Mr Martin Riordan, CEO TAFE Directors Australia (TDA)

Paper 2.3: Research for capacity building for green skills in a greening economy (PDF 359 KB)
Prof Rupert Maclean, Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), Hong Kong