Maria Tarrant

Maria worked for over a decade with Australia’s leading CEOs at the Business Council of Australia, including 4 years as Deputy Chief Executive. Maria worked closely with BCA members on key education and training issues that affected participation in education and training and employment. Of particular importance was the work she lead on impacts of early school leaving, developing an employability skills framework and consulting with BCA members on work readiness expectations of employers. Maria was also a member of review panel for the  Ministerial inquiry into vocational education and training in Victoria 2006.

Prior to joining the BCA, Maria was CEO RMIT Training, establishing the commercial education, training, consulting and online publishing company associated with RMIT University. A key focus of the company’s consulting work was skills needs identification and firm performance.

Maria also completed a range of reviews for RMIT university of the TAFE planning processes and university services with the view to improving long term planning, enhancing industry engagement in course design and ensuring more efficient service delivery.

Earlier in her career, Maria was Director College Budgets and Performance Management in the Victorian Office of Training and Further Education where she managed college funding and performance and financial reviews of selected Victorian vocational education and training providers.

Maria has had a number of board and advisory appointments related to education and training including:

  • 2004 – 2008      Member   Victoria University Council
  • 2001 – 2005      Member  Centre for the Economics of Education and Training Advisory Board
  • 2002 – 2005        Member    National Training Quality Council
  • 2001 – 2003      Member    Ethnic Enterprise Advisory Committee

Maria’s professional qualifications include a Masters of Commerce (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Arts (Economics) all from the University of Melbourne and completion of the Executive Development Program at the Aspen Institute in Colorado.