AE News Volume 9, Issue 45

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

08 FEBRUARY  - Financial Controllers & IR

22 FEBRUARY  - QA Standards

02 MARCH - GTO Managers Meeting & Apprenticeship Luncheon



Earlier today the Victorian Government announced that more than 300 quality training providers have been offered contracts to deliver government-funded training in 2017 under Skills First – the Labor Government’s new approach to training and TAFE in Victoria.

Contracts were offered by the Department of Education and Training following a rigorous selection process where providers had to show evidence of their ability to deliver quality training.

Providers also had to prove their strong organisational capability and clearly demonstrate their financial viability.

For further information please visit

Skills First Page


Media Release

2016 training market report – released Friday 9 December

The Victorian Training Market Report for 2016 half year has been prepared for key stakeholders in the Victorian Training System. This report draws, for the first time, on data compiled by the National Centre for Vocational Education​​ Research (NCVER). Using NCVER data aligns DET's report to nationally published data, reducing duplication and the potential for confusion, and ensuring differences in trends between Victoria and other jurisdictions can be easily presented. The performance in 2016 (half year) is compared to that of the previous half year to provide a picture of changes and trends over time.​

For further infromation please click here.


VRQA Update – Apprentice & Trainee dispute resolution

Most apprentices and trainees progress through their apprenticeship in a productive and professional relationship with their employer.

Occasionally an apprentice and their employer come into unresolvable differences about their training contract obligations.
If this happens, contact the VRQA on 1300 722 603 to discuss the most appropriate course of action for a speedy resolution.

Usually, the agreed course of action requires no intervention. However, in a small number of cases a VRQA officer may recommend a visit from an authorised officer (AO).

If resolution is not reached through the assistance of an AO, the VRQA may enquire further through its formal disputes process.

The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Dispute Resolution Policy (docx - 104.63kb) outlines the VRQA’s policy for resolving disputes and outlines the associated procedures.

Information about these changes, including the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Dispute Resolution Policy is now available on the VRQA website


Announcing the winners of our video competition

Congratulations Greg Hogan from Victoria! You are the winner of the AEN Apprentice Video Competition.

$500 will be coming your way shortly.

Congratulations to our runners up Isaac and Luke. $150 coming out to each of you.

Thanks for entering and we wish you all the best in your apprenticeships and future careers.

To view Greg Hogan's video please click here.

Keep an eye out on our website for future competitions at


AEN 2017 Dates & PD

Reminder for everyone to enter the AEN key events into their diaries for 2017.

For the key event dates please click here.

Save the date

Thursday 2 March – annual apprenticeship luncheon – RACV Club Melbourne 

Further information and registrations will be available early in the new year.


Applications have opened for the 2017 Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Applications are now open for the Australian Training Awards direct entry categories:  


• Lifetime Achievement Award

• National Achievement Award

• Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award


• Small Employer of the Year Award

• Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award

Registered Training Organisation

• School Pathways to VET Award

• International Training Provider of the Year Award

Applications close on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

For more information, please click here.

The 2017 Australian Training Awards will be held in Canberra in November 2017.


Funding to Encourage Girls and Women in STEM

Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science the Hon Greg Hunt have announced $3.9 million in funding to 24 organisations to rollout projects that will encourage girls and women to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The funding is part of the first round of the $8 million Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant program under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Funded projects include:

• Girl Geek Academy - a program focusing on girls aged 5-8 years with events, online training and online support to increase early awareness and participation in STEM and entrepreneurship education; 

• CBR Innovation - 10 week programs for girls in Canberra and surrounding regions that includes skills workshops, career presentations, field trips and female STEM mentoring;

• Geelong Manufacturing Council - a project that develops careers for women in manufacturing and engineering; and

• Vecro Engineering - a project providing 11 workshops aimed at up to 1000 Year 9 and 10 girls in regional South Australia, built around applying STEM subjects, principles and new technologies to increase productivity in rurally based jobs. 

Applications for the second round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program will open in 2017.

For more information, view the following links:

• Original media release from Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister Hunt - $3.9 million to inspire girls and women to study and pursue science, technology, engineering and maths - 6 December 2016;

• Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Grant Recipients; and National Innovation and Science Agenda website


New child safe standards for Victorian charities

Charities and not-for-profit organisations providing services or facilities specifically for children in Victoria will be required to meet Child Safe Standards from 1 January 2017.

Victoria’s Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) has new regulatory powers to oversee and enforce compliance with the standards. Resources to assist organisations to develop systems and processes to meet the standards can be found on the CCYP’s website.

The Commission can help organisations to meet the Child Safe Standards and create a culture of child safety. To help, they have produced a suite of resources, including a number of guide sheets.

To help organisations achieve compliance, we have developed the following guide and tip sheets:

• A guide for creating a child safe organisation - version 2.0 (1.9mb, pdf)

• Checklist: Child Safety Review and Action Plan (76kb, Word)

• Flowchart: Child Safety Reporting Process (91kb, Word)

• Cultural safety for Aboriginal children (435kb, pdf)

• Safety of children with a disability (249kb, pdf)

• Empowerment and participation of children (266kb, pdf)

• Safety of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (229kb, pdf)

Parents and carers may find the following tip sheet useful:

• What to look for in a child safe organisation (362kb, pdf)

For further information please click here.


Workers Compensation & WHS Update – MARSH

The past 18 months have seen significant developments in workers compensation markets across the country, with premium reform, regulatory restructure, scheme agent changes and product redesign at the centre of the shifting landscape. The report is a summary Marsh have recently completed. To Access the report please click here.

Marsh have also put together a summary of the current WHS Act and legislation changes from across the country. The information provides a summary of the key changes in work, health and safety across Australia during 2016, including harmonisation, legislative changes and codes of practice revisions

For further information please click here.


Last e-newsletter for 2016 – Merry Christmas

The AEN board and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the association during 2016.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season and we look forward to working with you again in 2017.

The AEN office will be closed from Thursday 22 December and will re-open on Monday 9 January 2017.

Our next e-newsletter edition will be on Friday 20 Janurary 2017.

Please email if you would like to contribute to our weekly newsletter in 2017.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 288 job ads and 7 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