AE News Volume 10, Issue 22

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

29 JUNE      -   AEN Mid-year Conference All Seasons Bendigo

11 JULY       -   OHS Network

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference


Victorian Training Award Nominations Closing June 30!

Nominations have been extended to 30 June.

There are just over 2 weeks left to get your nominations in for the Victorian Training Awards. The Awards generate pride and confidence in the training system and puts Victoria's top achievers in the spotlight so why not nominate today.

This year the DET have a nomination writer on hand that can assist you in finalising your nomination to an award winning standard. This service is of no cost to you as we want to ensure you have every opportunity to participate.

To find out more please contact the Victorian Training Awards Project team who can put you in touch with this service at or phone 03 9907 6635.

To nominate please click here.


Skilling Australia Foundation – Scholarship Recipient Announced

On Tuesday morning this week the Skilling Australia Foundation and WPC Group celebrated the success of an outstanding Apprentice along with recognising the long term commitment to apprentice development by employer partner, Mercedes-Benz Melbourne at Tullamarine with the Hon. Gayle Tierney – Victorian Minister for Skills and Training.

• Female Automotive Apprentice – Ellearn Savvidis – was awarded a scholarship where she will travel to the US on a study tour, visiting their largest Mercedes-Benz dealership in California.

• Mercedes-Benz Melbourne was also recognised for their 15+ years of commitment to Apprentice development, that has seen them take on over 150 apprentice’s, with 89% retention rates.

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

For further information please click here.


NSW & ACT Group Training Association

On Wednesday this week the NSW & ACT Group Training Association officially launched their new trading name – Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT.

The announcement was part of their one day conference - where over 200 people from Government and the wider VET industry attended.

The Association also has a new website as part of the name-change


Apprenticeship Taskforce

On Wednesday afternoon this week the Hon. Gayle Tierney Minister for Training and Skills along with the Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson held the first meeting of the newly formed Apprenticeship Taskforce

The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce, which will report its findings to government in October, includes members from:

• Apprenticeship Employment Network

• Australian Council for Private Education and Training

• Australian Industry Group

• Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

• Victorian TAFE Association

• Victorian Trades Hall Council

• And a number of employers

For further information on the taskforce and the VSC please click here.

VSC media release


New OHS Regulations 2017 Commence 18 June 2017

The new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) will commence on 18 June 2017. You can access the new OHS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 2.20MB] and EPS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 276kB] online and printed copies are available to purchase from SAI Global.

The new OHS Regulations 2017 are mainly the same. However, if you are in a workplace where asbestos is present; are a manufacturer or an importing supplier of hazardous substances or agricultural and veterinary chemicals; work in construction; or operate a mine or major hazard facility, you need to become aware of the changes. In most cases, compliance is required by 18 June 2017.

Comprehensive guides to the OHS and EPS regulations 2017 are now available on the Worksafe Website. The guides provide a comparison between 2007 and 2017 regulations, and provide specific details of any associated changes to duty holder requirements.

Information about the new OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 will be presented at the the 2017 WorkSafe Victoria Breakfast Series, being held in regional centres throughout Victoria. Find out more about event details and registration.

With the new OHS Regulations 2017 due to commence in June (next week), the compliance codes that align with the regulations are now under review. In consultation with stakeholders, WorkSafe has updated the codes, and eight proposed codes are available for public comment.

For further information on OHS Regulation Reform and to download the guides for the new regulations click here.


Something to Crow about! – ATEL

On Saturday evening last week, ATEL attended the annual Wagga Business Chamber Awards Dinner (The Crow Awards) where they were a finalist for the Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Award and Employer of Choice Awards.

ATEL was the successful winner of the Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Award!!!

Feedback from Workcover NSW who sponsored the award mentioned that ATEL’s submission was by far and away the top response and the quality of what ATEL was doing with their WHS was excellent.

Congratulations to everyone at ATEL.


2017 Field Officers Conference 17-18 August Geelong – Registrations Now Open

This year’s field officers conference promises to be jam packed with information and activities that will assist field officers.

The event is being held in Geelong on the 17 & 18 August.  

Guest Speakers and workshops over the 1 ½ days  include:

• VRQA – Update on GTO Standards

• Department of Education Update

• Mental Health awareness

• Dealing with difficult behaviour

• Having difficult conversations

• Improving team work

• High performance teams

For further information and to register please click here.


ABS Employment Statistics for May 2017

Australia’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 per cent and more than 40,000 jobs were created in May 2017, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this week.

Full-time employment grew by a further 19,300 jobs, while part-time employment increased by 5,900 jobs, underpinning an increase in total employment of 25,200 jobs.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points in May 2017 to 5.5 per cent and the labour force participation rate increased slightly to 64.9 per cent.

The quarterly underemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 8.8 per cent.

"The underemployment* rate is an important indicator of the spare capacity of workers in Australia, and has risen for the sixth consecutive quarter to a historical high of 8.8 per cent," said Chief Economist for the ABS, Bruce Hockman


• Employment increased 25,200 to 12,122,100.

• Unemployment decreased 4,800 to 729,200.

• Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.7%.

For further information please click here.


NCVER Update

Demystify the acronyms

The language of vocational education and training (VET) is complex and particularly prone to jargon and acronyms. NCVER’s Glossary of VET, in its current format, is not only a reference source for acronyms and terms used in Australian VET literature, but also includes other information such as the government departments and committees responsible for skills and training, VET programs and some key historical documents. NCVER is currently reviewing the scope of the glossary with the intention  of simplifying its content and presenting some of the supplementary information as additional resources.

Updated PDF and Word versions of the current glossary are now available on the VOCEDplus website.

Apprentice and trainee numbers down

Latest quarterly figures show the number of people starting an apprenticeship or traineeship has continued to decline. 

Trade commencements decreased by 9.1% (1400) to 14 300. Despite this decline, commencements in occupations such as plumbers, bricklayers, and carpenters and joiners remained steady.

Non-trade commencements also declined, down 4.6% (900) to 19 500, with the biggest declines seen in sales assistants and salespersons, factory process workers and other clerical and administrative workers.

There was also a decline in the number of apprentices and trainees in-training, with 265 000 in-training as at 31 December 2016, a decrease of 4.5% from 31 December 2015.


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.


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.

For further information 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.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 122 job ads and 5 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