AE News Volume 10, Issue 34

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

19 SEPTEMBER -   RTO Workshop

26 SEPTEMBER -   Bullying Workshop

09 NOVEMBER -   OH&S Network Meeting


ATEP Celebrate MIP Participants

On Monday morning this week, ATEP celebrated a number of youth that are participating in our Multi Industry Project with partners Box Hill institute and AMCA (Air Conditioning, Mechanical Contractors Association).

Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson presented the certificates to participants and reinforced the importance of providing VET students with the real employment opportunities, and that this program highlighted a number of positive aspects as TAFE, industry and employers were all involved with the program.

Congratulations to ATEP, Box Hill institute and AMCA.

For further information about our MIP programs and how you can participate please visit


Tough New Laws to Crack Down on Labour Hire Exploitation

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins over the weekend joined workers to announce the details of a new scheme to hold all labour hire firms to tough new licencing standards.

The new scheme is in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work – a key election promise – which uncovered widespread abuse and exploitation of workers across Victoria.

It found rogue operators were underpaying workers, not ensuring proper safety standards, abusing worker visas and undermining the minimum standards of employment.

To stop this exploitation, the Labor Government will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect workers across all sectors from labour hire providers that have been operating in the shadows of our workplace laws.

Under the tough new scheme:

• A license can only be obtained through passing a “fit and proper person test” and by demonstrating compliance with workplace, labour hire industry and migration laws and minimum accommodation standards

• Licensed Providers will be listed on a public register and employers will be required to only use licensed labour hire providers

• A new independent, fit-for-purpose, statutory authority – headed by a Commissioner – will be established to oversee and enforce the scheme, and will be able to inspect and raid premises.

Rogue operators who do not comply, or attempt to flout the scheme by entering into avoidance arrangements will be liable for hefty civil and criminal penalties.

The Government expects to introduce legislation into the Parliament later this year.

AEN looks forward to working with the government on this over the coming weeks.

For further information please click here.


Melbourne Business Awards – Nominations are Open

As part of the ongoing commitment towards excellence and the advancement of young people, the Melbourne Business Awards wishes to recognise the achievements of young people working in local business.

Nominations can be made for any employee 26 years or younger who:

• Is working in the South East Region of Melbourne

• Has been with a company for a period of not less than 12 months

• Is able to Demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective field

• Has clear aspirations, an outstanding attitude to their work and fellow employees

• Has made a significant contribution to the company which they are employed at

If you have a worthy Young Achiever working for you who fits the above criteria, download the below form, complete the details and submit to  This award is sponsored by Holmesglen Institute.

Nominations close on 6th October 2017.

For further information on the awards please click here.


OECD’s 2017 Education at a Glance Report

Recently the OECD released a report -  2017 Education at a Glance.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the report showed Australia’s education system ranked amongst the world’s best with high levels of access, participation and attainment and strong employment outcomes.

“While it can be difficult to compare with countries where much higher taxes help fuel government spending at the expense of personal contributions, these figures show Australia performs extraordinarily well on the world stage,” Minister Birmingham said.

The OECD’s 2017 Education at a Glance Report is available here.

The website also has a range of infographics, powerpoint presentations and a video summary of the report.

To access the Minister's media release please click here.


WorkSafe Victoria – Safety Awareness Month

WorkSafe Victoria have lined up more than 60 free seminars across Victoria where industry experts and high-profile keynote speakers will be discussing a broad range of workplace safety topics over the next month, so you're sure to find a topic of interest!

Please join WorkSafe Victoria, and other business and industry leaders from across the state, to discuss emerging issues and trends in the sector including:  

• Occupational violence and aggression

• Building positive mental health in the workplace

• Return to work processes

• Understanding and supporting young workers

• Explanation of the new OHS regulations

For further information and to register for the free events please click here.


Multicultural Youth Survey – Now Open

MY Australia is the first national platform for current research and resources about multicultural young people.

Twenty-five percent of Australia’s young people come from migrant and refugee backgrounds but very little is known about how they are faring. MY Australia is a national research partnership between nine organisations that is addressing this gap.
MY Australia is asking young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to take part in the first ever multicultural youth census.

For further information on the survey please click here.


R U OK? Day – 14 September

Thursday this week was the annual R U OK? Day.

The website has plenty of useful information and provides a range of ways that you can ask someone “R U OK?”.

You can also donate to this great cause through the website.

For further information please click here.


Victorian Training Market Reports

These reports present an analysis of activity in Victoria’s vocational education and training system, and provide detail about:

• how many people are in government funded training

• what they are training

• where they are accessing training​

Recently the full-year report for ​2016 was released.

The Victorian Training Market Report for 2016 (full year) has been prepared for key stakeholders in the Victorian Training System. This report draws on data compiled by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). Using NCVER data aligns the Department'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 (full year) is compared to that of the previous years to provide a picture of changes and trends over time.​​

To access the full reports please click here.


VRQA Update

Upcoming workshop: Vocational Education and Training (VET) new registration and financial advice workshop

Date: 19 October – 9.30am-1.00pm

Venue: The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 290 Spring Street, East Melbourne, VIC 3002 (See map)

This half day session is intended for those wanting to become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Victoria. It covers how to apply to become an RTO registered by the VRQA; the VRQA’s two phase audit process; compliance with Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Standards and financial management guidance. Registration with the VRQA is available for organisations who will deliver to domestic students in Victoria only.

Organisations wishing to deliver training outside of Victoria and/or to international students must apply to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for registration. ASQA and the VRQA do not share the same application process. Information provided by this session may not be relevant to ASQA applicants.

For further information and to register, please click here.


AEN Industry Awards – Nominations Are Now Open

It's that time of year again when we call for nominations for our industry awards.

Award Categories

ATOA Best Victorian Apprentice & Trainee Award

The Australian Technical Officers Association many years ago bestowed AEN with funding to establish an award to recognise the Best Victorian GTO Apprentice and Trainee annually.

GTO Service Excellence Awards

The GTO Service Excellence Award is presented to a staff member, or team/group of staff for a demonstrated outstanding contribution to the success in Group Training. Nominations can be made by Group Training Organisations, client organisations, colleagues, professional bodies, and students.

Industry Service Awards

AEN and our members have a proud history of supporting apprentices, trainees and host employers. This support is provided by hundreds of dedicated staff. Every year AEN is proud to recognise the achievements of our members/staff through industry service awards.

These awards are presented at 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to the Group Training industry.

Outstanding OH&S Initiative

The Outstanding OH&S initiative/ solution Award is presented to an individual, team/group or organisation for a demonstrated outstanding contribution to OH&S in Group Training. Nominations can be made by Group Training Organisations, client organisations, colleagues, professional bodies, and students.

STAR Awards

The STAR Awards (Stop Taking A Risk) are presented to apprentices or trainees employed by a Victorian Group Training Organisation for a demonstrated contribution to making their workplace a safer environment.

Nominations close Friday 13 October.

The awards will be presented on 22 November at the VU City Campus.

Tickets are now available.

For further information and to access the nomination forms please click here.


National Conference Coming Up in Early November

For further information please click here.


NCVER Update

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) last week released the following publications:

Research report: VET applied research: driving VET's role in the innovation system
Framework: Explaining the VET applied research developmental framework
Guide: Developing VET applied research: steps towards enhancing VET's role in the innovation system

VET is not always associated with innovation, but with its ties to industry it has the ability to help translate new knowledge into the workforce via 'applied research'.

Developing applied research capabilities -- which focus on solving real-world problems both in industry and VET practice - could see the VET sector become another driver of innovation in Australia, and a strong contributor to the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

This research has been developed through discussions with VET institutions, applied research organisations, industry bodies and policy-makers. 

For further information please click here.


Victorian Training Awards 2017

The 2017 Victorian Training Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 11 October at Crown, Palladium. The Awards Ceremony places top achievers in the spotlight, showcasing achievements, best practice and innovation in training, placing finalists and winners centre stage as the best in the business.

For further information please click here.


Bully Zero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball Saturday, 21 October

Tickets are available to the Bully Zero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball being held on Saturday 21 October – Melbourne Docklands.

Please show your support for this great cause.

For further information please click here or download the Flyer.


Nominations Open For Victorian Young Achiever Awards

Outstanding young people from across the state can now be nominated in the 2018 Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos this week called on the community to celebrate the efforts of young Victorians who are making a real difference in our community.

The awards recognise the achievements of Victoria’s young people over 10 sponsored categories, with one of the category winners being named the overall Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.

Each category winner receives $2,000 and a trophy. The Victorian Young Achiever of the Year will receive an additional $2,000 flight voucher and a state trophy.

Award nominations opened on Thursday, 14 September and close on 18 December 2017.

For more information or to nominate a young achiever, please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 47 job ads and 4 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