National Skills Commissioner

National Skills Commissioner

Mr Adam Boyton

Mr Adam Boyton was appointed as the inaugural National Skills Commissioner in October 2020 for a five–year term.

With almost 25 years as an economist, Adam blends strong public and private sector experience. Prior to joining the NSC Adam was the Chief Economist at the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank.

Adam was previously a member of the NSW Skills Board from 2013 to 2019. In this role, he was involved in the development of pricing, funding, costing models, continuous review and assessment of NSW’s VET system. Adam has also held positions on the board of the NSW Rural Assistance Authority, and as a Trustee of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust.


The Commissioner was appointed under the National Skills Commissioner Act 2020 (Cth) to provide independent, trusted advice and leadership on Australia’s labour market and current, emerging and future workforce skills needs to Government and to the Australian public.

The NSC’s focus, outlined in the Strategic Plan, is on three long term outcomes:

  • making an enduring and relevant contribution to labour market information
  • improving the quality, accessibility and relevance of Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • contributing to a labour market that effectively aligns skills needs with education and training.