Workplace Health & Safety.

The work health and safety of all persons employed within the workplace and those visiting the organisation are considered to be of the utmost importance. Resources in line with the importance attached to work health and safety will be made available to comply with relevant Acts and Regulations and to ensure that the workplace is safe and without risk to health, so far as reasonably practical.

Health and safety are intrinsic to the way we do business at Skillset. Our overall aim is to have workers return “Home Safe” after the working day, with the expectation that all persons will come to no harm while in the workplace.

No job is so important that we cannot take time to perform our work safely and with proper regard for our health and those of others.

All workplace safety, concerns, incidents, injuries and near misses must be reported to your nearest Skillset Office.


Call 1300 853 525 for any safety matters.


Skillset Annual Reports.

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Skillset 2018-19 Annual Report
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Board of Directors.

Mr David Cooke - Chairman

David is a Chartered Accountant and Business Advisor. He has worked with business owners and organisations to achieve their business goals. David is Chairperson of the Skillset Limited Board and has been a board member for over 11 years. He is passionate about seeing our regional communities thrive and believes the work that Skillset is doing is substantial and far reaching.

Cr Maree Statham

Cr Statham is a prominent business owner in the Local Government Area as well as being a dedicated Councillor. Cr Statham has been an active member of many community committees over the years. Cr Statham has been volunteering for charity for over 45 years and is passionate about progressing Lithgow whilst improving the area for Youth.

Mr Craig Hort

A Fitter Machinist by trade, Craig has worked in steel manufacturing and hard rock Mining industries both below and above ground. Craig joined the family business Jeff Hort Engineering (Hort Enterprises PTY Ltd) in 1995 and continued my studies in business management. In 2014, I took on the Managing Directors position with Hort Enterprises.

Mrs Jacqueline Woods

Jacqueline is a Chartered Accountant specialising in the area of forensic accounting.  Jacqueline is a member of the Skillset Limited Board of Directors as well as the Audit and Risk Committee.  Jacqueline came to the Board because she is passionate about the nurturing of young people and providing opportunities for them to flourish.

Mr Ian Tooke

Ian retired as Deputy Principal at Blayney High School in 2011 and is an active community member of Blayney Rotary Club, President of Blayney Men’s Shed, Zone 4 Coordinator for Australian Men’s Shed Association NSW and Development Coordinator for Blayney Town Association. Ian is Blayney Shire Council’s delegate on the Skillset Board and Chairman of the Skillset Senior College Board.

Ms. Simone Townsend

Simone is the Practice Manager of a local law firm, Founder of a Legal Strategic Planning and Marketing start-up, and a Director of the Bathurst Business Chamber. Having worked for Australia’s largest Telco as a lead system and sales trainer, Simone is passionate about the growth and sustainability of the private training sector and its place in educating regional people.

Mr Graeme Hanger

Cr Hanger is Mayor for Bathurst Regional Council and was a teacher for 50 years, in a career that included 25 years at Kelso High. He remains passionate about education and has a broad range of community involvement including Relay for Life, board member of Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing and Skillset and has hosted a radio program for 25 years focussing on the community’s junior sporting talent.

Mr Reg Kidd

Cr Kidd has been a Councillor on Orange City Council for over 26 years and has served as Chairman of numerous Council Community Advisory Committees and represented Local Government NSW on many state-wide Advisory bodies. Cr Kidd served as Mayor in 2008/2009 and recently was appointed Orange’s first popularly elected Mayor. A strong community advocate and passionate about regionalisation, Cr Kidd works tirelessly to encourage sustainable growth for Orange.

Australia Skillset would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work.
We are honoured to be on the ancestral lands of those whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history. We pay respect to the Elders, past, present and to the younger generation of the community who will be the future leaders in years to come.