As a member of the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) Board she chaired the ANTA Board Advisory Committees to implement major reforms to vocational education and training and the New Apprenticeships and the National Quality Council.
Among her current board positions she is a member of Monash College Group Board, member of the Phillip Island Nature Park Board Director, member of the National Youth Careers and Transitions Advisory Group and director of Stella Axarlis & Associates Pty Ltd.
In 1998 she became a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to training, business and children with disabilities and in 2002 she was recognised in Victoria’s Awards for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs,
The following year she received a Centenary Medal and in 2006 Stella Axarlis was recognised for her contribution to Vocational and Technical Education in the National Training Awards by the naming of the Stella Axarlis Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year Award.
Stella Axarlis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Melbourne.
Stella is equally at home as an inspirational conference speaker or as the principal in a wonderful motivational story in her own right. She has been regularly voted in the top 10 business speakers in Australia.