AE News - Volume 9, Issue 15

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

10 MAY - GTO Managers Network

18 MAY - Field Officers Network

  8 JUNE - OH&S Network


2016-17 Victorian State Budget

Earlier this week the Victorian 2016-17 budget was released - building on the State Government's 2015/16 investment in training and skills. Some of the highlights from the Training and Skills portfolio are:

• $31.9 million over four years to implement Victoria's International Education Sector Strategy

• $14 million over four years to create a new industry engagement framework to give industry and businesses a greater say in Victoria's training system

• $20 million for a Reconnect Program

• $10 million over two years towards the redevelopment of Monash University's Alexander Theatre

• $5 million for the fit-out of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in Geelong

• $124.4 million to establish 10 Tech Schools

The Budget also includes a record $1.1 billion to plan, acquire land for and build 23 new schools and upgrade 147 schools across the state.

For further information please see:

2016/17 Budget Papers

Department of Education and Training Budget Highlights

Boosting Links With Industry and Supporting Jobs

Support to Re-engage Victorian's with Training


Industry to have more of a say in our training system

The Andrews Labor Government will be giving industry an important voice in Victoria’s training system.

The 2016-17 Victorian Budget includes $14 million to establish a new industry engagement framework which will make sure industry, employers and workers’ voices are heard by Government.

The framework will deliver real outcomes for apprentices and trainees with their training to be better aligned with the needs of industry and the changing workforce.

Led by Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson, the framework will provide a structured way for industry, unions and employers to examine skills needs to drive economic growth.

The Labor Government is focused on linking jobs with industry and workforce needs and this funding will allow that to happen.

The $14 million will be spent over four years, with $3.5 million of ongoing funding.

The Government has committed to a stronger role for industry in training in Victoria, to meet workforce needs and to make sure the training apprentices and trainees receive will help them land a job.

The new framework will provide a mechanism for this engagement, through new industry advisory groups and research on key industry issues, including emerging industries and regional skills needs

The Victorian Skills Commissioner will continue ongoing consultation with industry stakeholders in developing the new framework.

For further information please click here.


Registrations for our mid-year conference

Registrations are open for our mid-year conference

This year’s event promises to be jammed packed with a range of topics including updates from:

• The back to work fund


• Department of Education

• Victorian Skills commissioner

• Government projects from the Department of Economic Development

The conference will also have workshops on:

• RTO Assessment validation

• Tender Strategy and management

• GTPaC and EGTPaC

• New GTO standards and Statistical reporting (online)

Date: 16 & 17 June

Venue: Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre, Ballarat

Early Bird registration closes 20th May.

Full program details are available here


AATIS Information Sessions

A number of Victorian Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service information sessions have now been scheduled.  

• Traralgon, VIC  – 16 May

• Pakenham, VIC – 16 May

The sessions cover: the information and resources on the Service’s websites (see; and the newly released AusAppPathways mobile app that helps jobseekers and students to explore apprenticeship and traineeship pathway options that interest them (see

The one hour sessions are provided free of charge under funding from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

To book into a session go to the website or call 1800 338 022.


Good practice for LLN Assessment and Support workshops

The Department of Education and Training (DET) is funding professional development to support contracted Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG) RTOs in conducting thorough and valid language, literacy and numeracy assessments prior to enrolment. The information gained from these assessments aims to ensure students are enrolled into suitable training and have access to appropriate support for successful completion.

The VET Development Centre (VDC) has developed an interactive one day workshop to encourage good practice around language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment and skill development. It directly addresses the requirements in VTG 2016 Contracts to carry out Pre-Training Reviews of LLN skills prior to enrolment, ensuring that learners are placed in qualifications appropriate to their level. How to conduct effective assessment (as required by the Standards for RTOs 2015) and strategies that trainers can use to support learners’ development of LLN skills for successful completion of qualifications will also be covered. The workshop unpacks VTG contractual obligations plus requirements of the Standards for RTOs 2015 around LLN and explores practical approaches to meeting these.

Who can attend?

RTO staff who are actively involved in the training and assessment of learners. This program is funded by the Victorian government and only staff of RTOs contracted as providers of Victorian government subsidised training through the Victorian Training Guarantee Program are eligible to attend. You can view a list of contracted training organisations here.

Please note there is a limit of two (2) participants per eligible RTO.

Please see the flyer for more details and how to register.


ASQA Announces Regulatory Strategy

Learner protection, the amount of training being provided and the capability of trainers and assessors will be target areas for the national skills regulator over the next 14 months.

Earlier this week, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) released its regulatory strategy which will guide its work through to June 30, 2017. The release of this strategy coincides with the release of ASQA’s Regulatory Risk framework, which outlines an enhanced, modern risk based regulatory approach that targets both provider and systemic risks.

Chief Commissioner Chris Robinson said the authority was taking a similar approach to the Australian Tax Office and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in naming the systemic areas it would be targeting.

Mr Robinson said the regulator’s focus on learner protection was a continuation of the work undertaken in 2015 regarding the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP scheme.

The strategic initiatives and target areas outlined in the Regulatory Strategy complement ASQA’s ongoing commitment to focus regulatory efforts on the small but concerning group of providers in the VET market engaging in practices that pose a threat to confidence in the quality of the VET sector.

For further information please click here.


2016 Victorian Training Awards – Nominations Close 6th May

The Apprenticeship Employment Network is proud to be a sponsor of the Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development at the 2016 Victorian Training Awards.  This event recognises entrants for their outstanding achievements and provides for an increased profile and networking opportunities.

Nominations for the 2016 Victorian Training Awards are closing at 5pm on Friday 6 May 2016.

There is a $10,000 fellowship prize for winners of the individual categories as well as the opportunity to represent Victoria in the 2016 Australian Training Awards.

Winners of selected organisational categories will also receive prize money of $10,000 each to support their training programs.

Further information

For further information please click here

For the flyer please click here


The Needanapprentice website currently has 16 job ads and 19 resumes online.

If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to register your details on the website to gain access to the apprentice listings and post your vacancies.

Registration is free and only takes a moment to complete and you could be filling your vacancies right away.

If you need any assistance with registering, posting a vacancy or would like further information please contact the AEN office on 9639 3955 or email