AE News Volume 10, Issue 11

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

05 APRIL     -   RTO & E-Learning Network

04 MAY        -   Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop

30 MAY        -   Workplace Bullying - Presented by Bully Zero


AEN Midyear conference 29 & 30 June - Registrations Are Now Open

This year AEN are holding our mid-year conference at the All Seasons in Bendigo on the 29 & 30 June. We have a number of speakers over the  1 ½ day event including

Minister for Training and Skills – Hon. Gayle Tierney

Updates From:

• Victorian Department of Higher Education and Skills

• Victorian Skills Commissioner Office

• Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) Victorian GTO standards and audit process for 2017/18

• Victorian Major Projects

• Commonwealth Department of Education & Training

For conference details and to register please visit the aen website.

Discounted early bird registrations close 19 May.


Parliament passes VET Ombudsman Legislation

The Federal Government’s new VET Ombudsman will commence work from 1 July 2017 after legislation passed Parliament last week to build on strong protections for students.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new VET Student Loans Ombudsman would be able to investigate and resolve student complaints and concerns about compliance issues of training organisations.

“This Ombudsman will help clean up the failed VET FEE-HELP scheme that saw students exploited and taxpayer funds rorted,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The Ombudsman complements the Government’s VET Student Loans program that began this year to replace VET FEE-HELP to ensure students and taxpayers are protected and to help rebuild the reputation of Australia’s high-quality vocational education sector.  

“The establishment of an independent dispute resolution process through the VET Student Loans Ombudsman, with the power to adequately investigate complaints and recommend actions to address them, will give students confidence that their complaints will be treated seriously.”

Minister Birmingham said the Ombudsman would step up the work the Department continues to do to support students.

“The Ombudsman will have the power to investigate complaints and recommend that providers and others take action, or stop certain behaviour, to address and resolve problems of affected students,” Minister Birmingham said. 

For further information please click here.


TAFE Directors Australia Announce New CEO

Mr Craig Robertson will take over as CEO of TAFE Directors Australia early next month, succeeding long-serving chief Martin Riordan.

Mr Robertson has decades of experience as a skills bureaucrat at the state and national level. He is a director of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and was until recently deputy secretary for Higher Education and Skills with the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

Prior to that, he was group manager of skills policy at the federal Department of Education and Training. He had responsibility for vocational education and training regulation and quality, apprenticeships policy, industry engagement and various funding schemes.

TDA chairwoman Mary Faraone said she was delighted that the peak body had secured “such a highly-credentialed and capable person” as leader.

“Craig has a wealth of experience across the broader education sector and, in particular, an intimate knowledge of the needs, priorities and trends shaping VET. He has played a pivotal role in many of the strategic and policy developments in the sector over several decades and is ideally placed to lead TAFE as it positions for a new era of growth and opportunity.”

For further information please visit:

The Australian Article - Craig Robertson

The Australian Article - Higher Education

Tafe Directors Newsletter


National Australian Apprenticeship Association (NAAA) - New Executive Officer

The Board of the National Australian Apprenticeship Association (NAAA) has recently announced the appointment of Ben Bardon as its new Executive Officer. Poul Bottern, President of NAAA, in outlining the role said, “Ben will continue to build the Association and its voice with government and other key stakeholders to develop a strong and viable apprenticeship support system.”

The National Australian Apprenticeships Association (NAAA) is the national peak body representing those organisations delivering Australian Apprenticeships Support Services.

For further information please click here.


Daylight Savings Ends This Weekend.

A reminder that daylight savings ends this weekend on Sunday 2 April 2017

When local daylight time is about to reach Sunday, 2 April 2017, 3:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 2:00:00 am local standard time instead

For further information please click here.


National Youth Week 2017 31 March to 9 April 2017

National Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia.

It's a joint initiative of the Australian, state, territory and local Governments. It's an opportunity to express your ideas and views, and to act on issues that affect your lives. It's also a chance to have a lot of fun.

Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people. In 2016 more than 23,000 young people from across Victoria participated in National Youth Week activities.

What's on for NYW 2017 in Victoria

105 organisation’s have received a National Youth Week 2017 grant from the Victorian Government to stage events for young people across Victoria, including film festivals, music performances and art exhibitions.

To explore what’s on please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 34 job ads and 11 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