AE News - Volume 9, Issue 29

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

7  SEPTEMBER  - OH&S Network

11 OCTOBER     - GTO Managers Network

25 OCTOBER     - RTO / E-learning Network


Victorian GTO standards self-assessment tool goes live.

On Monday this week the Victorian GTO standards self-assessment tool went live.

The self-assessment tool is to be completed by all Victorian GTOs by 30 September 2016.  After this date VRQA will evaluate the results of the self-assessments and determine if there are any further actions required.

To access the online self-assessment tool please visit.

Please note each GTO is only allocated a single login.

GTOs are encouraged to answer the questions accurately and provide notes/comments against each question. Please remember if any  future formal VRQA GTO audits are undertaken that the results you submit on this site will be used as a point of reference/referral for you to validate.

List of Victorian GTOs on the site – at the moment the site only lists AEN members – once non members login into the site and complete their “profile” it will automatically update the GTO list. Currently this list is not a list of  “registered Victorian GTOs”, the VRQA will finalise a list by the end of 2016.

If you have any difficulties using the system or need to change the login or password details please contact


New Executive Officer commences at GTAN

This week Lauren Tiltman commenced her role as the new Executive Officer with the National Group Training Association.

The Chair of GTA Mr Stuart Diepeveen said Ms Tiltman’s extensive background and knowledge of the group training sector, together with her management experience, made her ideally suited to the organisation’s leadership role.

“Lauren is an outstanding executive who has demonstrated enormous ability and the GTA Board is delighted that she has accepted this key position.

“Her rise through the ranks of group training, starting as a trainee, running a state office and moving to this national executive position is a testament to her ability and her standing across the network,” Mr Diepeveen said.    

Lauren was previously the Executive Officer of Group Training Australia (South Australia).

Ms Tiltman said: “It is an honour to be appointed to this position. The group training network has an extensive history of achievement in delivering skills to thousands of apprentices and trainees and assisting them into work.

“I am very excited to be taking up this role and I look forward to meeting with GTA members, industry and stakeholders over coming months and to helping to steer the organisation to future success,” Ms Tiltman said.

We look forward to working with Lauren and GTAN over the coming months.

For further information please visit


Giving Young Victorians A Chance To Help Shape The Future

Young Victorians will have a chance to help shape future government decisions at a series of influential youth forums right around the state.

Last Friday Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos announced Swan Hill would host the first youth forum in September.

Additional forums will be held at locations around the state, including:

• Melbourne

• Dandenong

• Geelong

• Wangaratta

• Morwell

“We’re listening to young Victorians, who say they want a greater chance to participate in decision making”.

The series of youth forums will help determine the agenda of the inaugural Youth Summit, which will be held during National Youth Week next year.

The forums are a chance for young leaders from Melbourne and regional and rural areas to get together and discuss the issues that matter most to them.

Participants will elect regional representatives to the Victorian Youth Congress, a diverse group of young Victorians who will advise the Government on priority issues for today’s youths.

The Labor Government’s new youth policy Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria, is providing new opportunities for young people to work together with governments on decision making, ideas and innovative solutions.

The forums are being held in partnership with Youth Affairs Council of Victoria. The inaugural forum in Swan Hill is on September 21.

For more information visit


Ask ACNC 2016 is underway!

Don't miss your chance to join ACNC at a free workshop in your city.

Attendees can expect:

• An update on the sector from the ACNC Commissioner or an Assistant Commissioner

• Important information to help charities meet ACNC obligations

• Future areas of focus for the ACNC, for example financial reporting and governance

• Basic financial training, with a focus on avoiding common reporting errors

It's free for charities to attend. The Victorian workshops are listed below.

Geelong                          - Friday 19 August

Wodonga                         - Monday 22 August

Melbourne- Braybrook     - Tuesday 23 August

Melbourne- Box Hill         - Tuesday 14 September

Melbourne- CBD              - Friday 16 September

Bendigo                            - Tuesday 04 October


What is the Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) programme?

The GIL programme provides funding for Australian businesses to collaborate with global partners and research organisations on research and development projects.

The programme will support projects focused on developing high quality products, services or processes that will respond to industry challenges.

Projects must focus on selected priority areas and be in collaboration with global partners from selected priority economies.

The GIL programme is part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA)

What funding is available?

Funding of up to $1 million per project will be provided up to a maximum of four years.

Your project must be in one of the following priority areas:
• Advanced Manufacturing –
• Food and Agribusiness –
• Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals –
• Mining Equipment, Technology and Services –
• Oil, Gas and Energy Resources –

These priority areas align with the Australian Government’s Industry
Growth Centres Initiative. Applications for funding are expected to
align with the relevant Growth Centre’s key themes, vision, strategic
direction and/or Industry Knowledge Priorities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage with the relevant Growth Centre in developing a proposal.

Applications close on Thursday 20 October 2016.

For further information please click here


NCVER Update

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released a new research publication: Firms' motivation for training apprentices: an Australian–German comparison.

This study investigates how firms in Germany and Australia compare when dealing with the institutional arrangements for apprenticeship training in their countries, with particular attention given to factors which may impact on their training motivation. The report finds:

• Employers of trades’ apprentices in both Germany and Australia appear to bear substantial costs for training their apprentices.

• Institutional frameworks in Germany foster an investment model, a model which emphasises the benefits of employing apprentices after training, while in Australia some firms adopt more of a production (that is, substitution for ‘regular’ workers) model of apprenticeship training, although there is a relatively strong investment motivation for trade firms in Australia.

• For firms focused on the short-term costs and benefits of training, the withdrawal of some national government incentive payments in Australia has led to a weaker commitment to training, most evident in non-trade trainee places being offered.

• By contrast, firms training in trade occupations appear to be more investment-oriented and are more inclined to continue training, or employ an apprentice after training, even with the withdrawal of incentives.

To access the report please click here

USI webinar for RTOs- new functions and expert tips

The USI Office is running a webinar for RTOs on Thursday 25 August at 2:00pm AEST. The webinar will cover:

• demonstration and tips for using new system tools for RTOs and students

• preview of transcript and correction functions

• expert tips from the Operations Team on USI troubleshooting.

See here for more information.


Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Service – Information Sessions

Have you heard of The Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Service? 

Are you looking for a free resource that provides current and relevant information to guide and support those interested in apprenticeships and traineeships? 

We will be visiting Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, delivering general and organisation specific sessions.

Webinars will also be available for those unable to attend.

The sessions are free and of value to anyone involved in apprenticeships or traineeships career discussions, promotion or marketing of this sector.

The information sessions will cover:

As well as:

• Industry career Information

• Self Help job hunting tips

• Practice Aptitude Quizzes and

• General resources.

Sessions will be available as follows:

Melbourne     9.30 am Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Sydney          9.30 am Thursday 20 October 2016

Brisbane       9.30 am Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Adelaide       9.30 am Tuesday, 22 November 2016


For more details or to register for a session, please visit or call 1800 338 022.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 32 job ads and 9 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