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Dr David Rumsey AM
Doctor of Philosophy 2001

Dr David Rumsey was awarded his AM as part of the annual Australian Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2006 for his service to education and training as a consultant through contributions to industry development and to the technical and further education sector.

He explains that the AM is just one of many career highlights he has enjoyed over nearly forty years in the education and training sector.

'It was a great honour and career highlight to receive an AM, however I have been lucky enough to have experienced many others including the opportunity to make a positive contribution to vocational education in Australia over many years.'
Dr Rumsey has also been a teacher of electronics, senior project engineer with Amalgamated Wireless Australasia, Chief Research Officer with the NSW Ministry of Education, Director of Training and Development in John P Young and Associates Pty Ltd where he managed a number of consultancy projects which led to the establishment of the, Australian Qualifications Framework and National Training Framework , Director of Studies of the NSW Department of TAFE , expert advisor to the Philippines government in assisting in the establishment of a National Qualifications Framework and associated industry-based competency standards and qualifications. He also started a business fifteen years ago.

As Managing Director and Principal Consultant in David Rumsey and Associates Pty Ltd, Dr Rumsey works with various government education and training bodies at all levels to improve the quality of vocational education in Australia.

'My business provides a wide range of consultancy services to companies, industry training advisory bodies, training institutions and Commonwealth, State and Territory departments and agencies, including industry skills councils; industry representatives (employers, industry associations, unions and regulatory authorities); training organisations; trainers and students aimed at improving the relevance of vocational education in terms of industry's needs, students' and workers' career aspirations, international and national regulatory requirements and the economic and social objectives of our society,' he explained.

David graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in 2001 and believes that this research has helped improve his knowledge of a rapidly developing Australian workplace.

'I enjoyed many aspects of studying at Deakin including the quality of the postgraduate supervision I received, the friendly and supportive academic and administrative staff and the University's wonderful approach to external study by providing the necessary study materials, summer schools, library and IT support,' he said.
'My PhD has given me a better understanding of the full range of skills, knowledge and attitudes needed by people in our ever changing workplace. I have been able to apply what I learnt through my postgraduate research to my ongoing professional consultancy work in industry and vocational education and training.'

In addition to his PhD , David holds various other qualifications including a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts (Vocational and Technical Education) and a Diploma of Education. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

With such a lifetime passion for education and training, it is no surprise that David plans to keep working in the industry as well as finding time for some 'R and R.'

'I will continue to work with industry, unions, governments, regulatory authorities, training organisations, and students in the ongoing development of vocational education in Australia in particular the harmonisation of Australian regulatory and licensing systems and VET qualifications including associated training and recognition arrangements,' he said.

"I also plan to make time in between for some pastel painting and choral singing which are favourite pastimes of mine.'

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