Professor Karmel is currently an adjunct professor at NILS. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Canberra. He is a joint editor of the Australian Bulletin of Labour and is a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Education. He is a former Senior Research Fellow for the UNESCO Chair at The Hong Kong Institute of Education. Professor Karmel was appointed as Managing Director, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in August 2002, retiring from that position in August 2013. During his term, NCVER grew significantly in size and oversaw many innovations in statistics (including the calculation of qualification and apprenticeship completion rates, early trend estimates for apprentices and trainees and the development of institution level performance indicators) and led a very active research program. He was the author or co-author of over 80 papers published by NCVER.
Prior to this position, he held senior appointments in the Australian government areas of education, employment, labour market research and the Bureau of Statistics. From 1995 to 2002 he was responsible for a wide range of functions relating to the higher education programme, including Ministerial briefing, budget coordination, legislation, educational developments, cross-sectoral matters, international matters, quality assurance, the higher education statistics collection, research and analysis (into higher education policy issues), the graduate destination survey, workplace relations issues within the higher education sector, equity and access issues, and labour market issues as they relate to the higher education sector. His research interests have centred on the labour market and the economics of education focussing on empirical modelling.
In 2017 Professor Karmel was made a member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to vocational education research and administration, and to the community through public administration roles”.
PhD in Economics, The Australian National University, 1995
Master of Economics, The Australian National University, 1983
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Mathematical Statistics, Flinders University, 1973
Commonwealth scholarship, 1969-1970
Simpson–Pope prize for economics, Flinders University, 1969
Cadetship with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1971-72
Australian Public Service study award, 1982-83
Australian Public Service study award, 1992
Australian Postgraduate Award, 1993-95
Member of the Order of Australia, 2017
Labour Market and the economics of education
Performance indicators especially in relationship to higher education and vocational education and training.
Current Board Memberships:
The Council of the University of Canberra
Economic Society of Australia (South Australia) and formerly president.
Former Board Memberships
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research
The National Skills Standards Council
The Graduate Careers Council of Australia
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