AE News Volume 10, Issue 19

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

30 MAY        -   Workplace Bullying - Presented by Bully Zero

29 JUNE      -   AEN Midyear Conference All Seasons Bendigo

11 JULY       -   OH&S Network


Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June

The theme for #NRW2017 this year is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.

In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.

May 27—Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

3 June—Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

There are plenty of local events being held across the country – and free resources  are available from the reconciliation website.

For further information please click here.

Further Reading


Education week 21- 27 May 2017

This week is Education week across the State - What is Education Week?

Education Week is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools and early childhood services to showcase the work they are doing for students to help ensure healthy minds and bodies.

The week aims to profile and celebrate everything from sport, dance, mentoring, yoga, meditation, reading, and art, to camps, excursions, breakfast clubs, healthy canteen menus, stress management and resilience; and more.

Education Week is an opportunity to implement activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your students and staff, and work towards the Achievement Program health priority areas at the same time. 

The Achievement Program allows schools to broadly look at health and wellbeing within their school and determine what policy, cultural and environmental changes are needed to improve the health of their school community.

The Achievement Program focuses on eight health priorities:

• Healthy Eating and Oral Health

• Physical Activity

• Mental Health and Wellbeing

• Sexual Health and Wellbeing

• Sun Protection

• Safe Environments

• Alcohol and other Drug Use

• Tobacco Control

Schools taking part in the Achievement Program are recognised by the Victorian State Government.

Visit the Achievement Program website for tools and resources.

For further information please click here.


USI Transcript service

The Federal Minister- Hon. Karen Andrews this week release information about the new USI transcript service

The USI Transcript Service will allow USI account holders to generate a transcript which collates all training details reported to the National VET Data Collection that are linked to their USI.

The online transcript will have many uses but it is important to note that it does not replace the qualifications or documentation issued by training organisations. This transcript will be a useful backup for when the original documentation is lost or where duplicate documentation cannot be obtained from the training provider, for example because it is no longer operating.

As USI account holders complete training over a period of years, their online transcript will grow to provide a record that shows nationally recognised training. Please remember that any training you completed before 2015 will not be shown in the transcript.

The USI Transcript Service will allow USI account holders to generate a transcript which collates all training details reported to the National VET Data Collection that are linked to their USI.

5 key things you need to know about transcripts

  1. The benefits of this initiative for training organisations and students will accrue over time as more training records are added to individual transcripts.
  2. Although the USI Transcript Service will have many uses, it will not replace the qualifications or documentation issued by training organisation.
  3. Students may use this service to provide evidence of their skills when applying for jobs or enrolling for further training.
  4. Training organisations can only view a student's transcript through the Organisation Portal.
  5. Only training providers can make corrections to the training records.

For further information please click on the links below.

Minister release 

USI website 


Victorian Training Awards

Now in its 63rd year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training students, teachers, training providers and employers

The Awards are not only open to students and registered training providers but to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and large employers - including GTOs providing high quality training to their workers.

Winners and finalists gain state-wide recognition, with award winners going on to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra on Thursday 23 November 2017 (in aligned categories).

Through celebrating excellence in the training system, the Awards highlight student achievement and showcase innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers - continuing to put Victoria's top achievers in the spotlight.

Through Skills First, the Victorian Government is delivering a trusted training system that delivers real training for real jobs. The Awards bring confidence and pride to Victoria’s training and TAFE system.

Nominations close midnight, Friday 16 June.

Awards Ceremony Wednesday 11 October.

National Training Awards Ceremony 23 November ACT.

For further information please click here.

Information Video

Minister Press Release


Perceptions are not Reality: Myths, Realities & the Critical Role of Vocational Education & Training in Australia.

WPC Group’s partner, Skilling Australia Foundation, released a new report on Monday, this week Perceptions are not reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia.

Australia’s vocational education & training (VET) sector continues to deliver excellent results and outcomes for its students, industry and the economy at large. Yet, among the Australian public, perceptions surrounding vocational education continue to be widely out of step with the reality of the sector and its achievements. Using a range of local and international data sources as well as real-life success stories, this report addresses some of these pervasive and inaccurate perceptions about vocational education and, also, highlights the importance of including VET pathways in the overall discussion about our nation’s long-term educational strategies and employment solutions.

You can access a copy of the report here.

Congratulations to the team at WPC Group and Skilling Australia Foundation.


AEN Mid-year Conference 29 & 30 June

This year AEN is holding it's mid-year conference at the All Seasons in Bendigo on the 29 & 30 June. There are 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.


2017 Australian Training Awards Applications close 31 May

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

The direct entry categories of the 2017 Australian Training Awards are open for application and include:

• 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

How to apply

Enter directly to the Australian Training Awards by completing the nomination from the website. Applications close Wednesday 31 May 2017.
For more information

Visit the website at Australian Training  or email
This year the Australian Training Awards will be held in Canberra on Thursday 23 November.


SpotJobs  Melbourne Career Expo July 21 - 23, 2017,  Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

The SpotJobs Career Expo is the most comprehensive career event in Australia.

The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades and higher education in an exciting, interactive and informative format. All sectors and industries are covered, with the latest career trends and opportunities showcased and ready to be explored.

The event annually attracts over 17,000 attendees consisting of school leavers, graduates, jobseekers, and mature aged career changers, offering exhibitors the opportunity to attract a targeted audience.

Now in its 16th year, the event will be held on Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July 2017, at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton (within the Melbourne CBD).

The expo offers free career advice, inspiring and informative industry panels, employment opportunities, interactive training demonstrations and exhibits, free seminars and a wealth of information and opportunities for further study within the private education sector to universities.

With all career, education and training information under one roof, this event is the first stop for all Victorians seeking a successful future.

To view their website please click here.


National Skills Week 2017 28th August - 3rd September, 2017

National Skills Week 2017 is fast approaching - 28th August - 3rd September, 2017.

The week encourages, informs and inspires people of all ages to explore the benefits of undertaking Vocational Education and Training. The week highlights the opportunities and successful outcomes trade and skill based careers can lead to.

National Skills Week has demonstrated the capacity to consistently find innovative ways to extend positive messaging; influencing the way people think, raising the status of practical and vocational learning and enabling Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities and their potential.

Be part of it, get involved today as a supporter of National Skills Week. 

For further information please click here.


Safety in Action Melbourne Trade Show & Safety Conference 5-6 September

Safety in Action is Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event dedicated to the safety, security and well being of the Australian workforce. Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars and workshops, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional. Attendance is free for bona fide trade visitors

Held concurrently with the tradeshow, Safety in Action presents three high-profile conferences focusing on Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture, Workplace Wellness and Return to Work. With over 350 delegates and 70+ speakers and the conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 82 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