School of Education

Robin Shreeve

Position: Adjunct Professor
Study area: Faculty of Education and Arts
Location: Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia


BA (Hons), University of York, UK
MA, University of Sheffield, UK


Robin Shreeve has spent over thirty years in vocational education and training in Australia and England holding roles in management, policy development, teaching and resources centres. He was Director of the TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute which includes the large online provider OTEN from October 2014 to March 2017. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA also known for a time as Skills Australia) which was an independent advisory body advising the Australian Government on workforce development and workforce skill needs. From 2005 to 2009 Robin was the Chief Executive of City of Westminster College in London having previously been the Head of the North Coast Institute of TAFE in New South Wales from 1995 to 2000. In between these two appointments he was Deputy Director-General for TAFE and Community Education in the NSW Department of Education and Training. Robin has also been a director on a diverse range of Boards including the Paddington Development Trust, the NSW Board of Studies, the London Apprenticeship Company, AeSharenet and the Westminster Small Minority Business Council.

Robin has published widely and presented at national and international conferences on vocational education and training, further education and skills development.

Areas of expertise

  • Management of vocational and further education
  • National workforce development and skills policy
  • Skilled migration policy.

Research interests

  • Skills and vocational education and training policy
  • Workforce development
  • Skilled migration


Shreeve, R (2017) OneTAFE maybe too big to handle, The Australian Higher Education Supplement, Sydney, 2 August 2017

Shreeve, R (2013) Who controls the system? in Structures in tertiary education and training: a kaleidoscope or merely fragments? (Eds) Beddie, F, O’Conner, L and Curtin, P, NCVER, Adelaide 2013, p 90-95

Shreeve, R, Gibb, J and Ribeiro, S (2012) From TVET to workforce development in Skills development for inclusive and sustainable growth in developing Asia-Pacific. (Eds) Maclean, R, Jagannathan, S and Sarve, J, Asian Development Bank / Springer, New York, p 113-135

Shreeve, R (2010) An opportunity to be grasped in The future of VET; a medley of views, (Eds) Beddie, F and Curtin, P, NCVER, Adelaide, p 26-33

Shreeve, R (2009) Some ideas from England: a practitioner’s perspective, NCVER, Adelaide

Shreeve, R (2003), Towards a VET pedagogy, Australian TAFE Teacher, Winter 2003, 37(2), p20-21

Shreeve, R (2003) Best practice teaching, Training Agenda, Winter 2003, 11(2), p 4-9, 11.

Shreeve, R (2002) Positioning TAFE and universities in the new economy.  2nd World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics, Melbourne 24 27 March 2002

Shreeve, R (2001) The next generation: a review of product research and development processes and policies in TAFE NSW. NSW Department of Education and training, Sydney

Shreeve R (2000) VET-in-Schools: The long prospect, VETnetworker, December 2000, 4, p 7 -10.

Shreeve, R (1998) Marketing VET, in the market for vocational education and training. Eds Robinson, C and Kenyon, R, NCVER, Adelaide, 1998 p323-330.

Shreeve, R (1995) User choice and the training market, Australian TAFE Teacher, March 1995 29(1), 13, 16, 18.

Shreeve, R (1994) How can TAFE survive in a competitive training market? Training Agenda, Nov 1994 2(4), 3-6.

Shreeve, R (1994) Marketing technical and further education. Training Agenda, Feb 1994 2(1), 3-5.

Shreeve, R (1991) Marketing TAFE NSW: a practical guide. TAFE NSW, Sydney, 1991.

Shreeve, R, Thorp, J and Rickett, J (1988) Marketing Hertfordshire Colleges - Areas for Action. Hertfordshire County Council, Hertford, 1988

Shreeve, R (1987) The role of the Learning Resources Department in marketing in the college, Learning Resources Journal, 1987: 3(3), 90-9


  • Australian VET Research Association (president elect)
  • Honorary Senior Fellow, L H Martin Institute, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne