Education leaders recognised in Australia Day honours
A number of outstanding individuals who have contributed to education, including vocational education, were recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.
Dr Tom Karmel, who led the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) for more than a decade up until 2013 was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to vocational education research and administration, and to the community through public administration roles.
Longstanding public education advocate, Lyndsay Connors AM, was made an Officer (AO) in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to national public education policy, to improved school performance and equitable funding delivery, and as a role model and mentor of young women.
Former Howard government minister Dr David Kemp was appointed Companion (AC) in the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, notably in the areas of employment, education, training and youth affairs, to the environment, to institutional reform and public policy development, and to the community.
The late Emeritus Professor Larry Smith was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the vocational education and training sector, through leadership and research roles, and to professional organisations. He was an academic over more than 30 years and Director of the University of New England Centre for Business Research from 2005 to 2015.