AE News Volume 10, Issue 40

Sunday, 18th March 2018

Upcoming Events

22 NOVEMBER -   AGM/Awards Dinner


AEN Annual Awards

This week AEN are proud to announce our finalists for the 2017 apprentices and trainee awards.

This year we have had over 25 nominations for the apprentice and trainee of the year.

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Apprentice of the Year

Matt Shipard – Ai Group Apprentice & Trainee Centre

Michael Prout – BGT

Peter Hodson – CVGT Australia


Trainee of the Year

Craig McCauley – CVGT

Merinda Dryden – NECA Education & Careers

Ryan Smith – Westvic Staffing Solutions

The other award category finalists will be announced on the evening.

The awards will be presented at the AEN annual dinner on Wednesday 22 November – tickets are still available here.

AEN Awards are proudly sponsored by AustralianSuper, VicSuper, EML and Marsh Insurance.


Victorian Government Announced Changes to the Payroll Tax Act

On Thursday this week the Victorian government announced changes to the payroll tax act.

The Payroll Tax Act 2007 introduced into Parliament this week will exempt Group Training Organisations (GTOs) that are run as for-profit organisations from paying payroll tax on apprentice and trainee wages.

Currently, the exemption only applies to not-for-profit organisations, not GTOs.

GTOs play a vital role employing Victorian apprentices and trainees. The changes will reduce costs and make it easier for them to employ apprentices.

Victorian businesses have this year received significant tax relief across the board, with measures from the Labor Government aimed at boosting businesses, and creating and supporting jobs.

For further information please visit  here.

Government Hansard


NECA – Annual awards

On Tuesday evening this week NECA held its annual awards evening at crown.  The awards acknowledged the very best apprentices and trainees from Victoria and Tasmania

Award winners included:

Pre-apprentice of the year

Jack Atkinson

Best 1st year apprentice

Nellie Baker

Best 2nd year apprentice

Shane Frederickson

Best Apprentice of the year - Tasmania

Dominic Sweeney & Gerry Dallas

Junior Apprentice of the year

Brayden Andrew

Senior Apprentice of the year

Declyn D'Silva

Best Trainee of the year - Victoria

Merinda Dryden

Best Trainee of the year - Tasmania

Taylor Stevenson

Congratulations to all the apprentices, trainees and the team at NECA


AEN Radio Campaign

AEN recently launched it's statewide Victorian radio campaign.  This year’s campaign will run over the next 8 weeks and has two different commercials – one aimed at youth thinking about their options for next year and the other aimed at a busy small business and given a young person their first career opportunity.

You can hear the ads on Fox FM, KIIS FM and 16 regional Victorian radio stations, we have also managed to secure a number of 3-4 minute interview type segments.

So next time you have the radio on – listen out for the ads.

For further information or to hear the radio adverts please click here.


Save the date: WGEA’s 2016-17 data out 17 November

The 2016-17 WGEA reporting data is being released on 17 November. The fourth year of data will provide a comprehensive snapshot of Australia’s workplace gender equality performance and showcase areas that have improved over the past four years, and areas that still require attention.

Key findings and trends will be available from the Data Explorer, including:

• gender pay gaps by industry, occupation and manager category

• representation of women in leadership

• access to paid parental leave and flexible work

• employer action to promote gender equality.

WGEA will be presenting the latest gender equality data on a national roadshow of events, starting in mid November.

The launch event will not only showcase the Agency’s 2016-17 dataset, but will also explore career pathways for primary caregivers, flexible working arrangements in the modern workplace, and incentives to boost women’s representation in leadership roles.

Women in Leadership series: a roadmap to change
Victorian Presentation
22 November 2017
12 – 2pm
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, East Tower, Level 35, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
Book now

For further information please click here.


Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Annual Report 2016 - 17

TheAustralian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Annual Report 2016-17 was tabled in Parliament, last Friday 27 October 2017, notable achievements in the report include:

• 37% increase in the use of the ACNC Charity Register

• 13% increase in the number of Annual Information Statement submissions completed by the due date. 

• 18% increase in compliance cases. The registrations of 22 charities were revoked following compliance investigations – more than double the number in the previous year.

• Significant progress toward reducing red tape for charities. Red tape reduction legislation has now passed in the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

• The launch of the ACNC’s Registered Charity Tick, which is now displayed by over 10,000 charities after only being launched in December 2016.

To view the full report please click here.


Independent Review of Victorian WorkSafe Premiums

In a recent review of the Victorian Worksafe premiums the report found that WorkSafe's current premium system is fair, performing well and is financially sustainable.

WorkSafe agrees in principle with the majority of the review recommendations, particularly around simplification, transparency and enhancing the means in which the broader Scheme objectives for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Return to Work (RTW) are supported within the premium model.

WorkSafe will consider the recommendations as part of their Strategy 2030 which is focussed on delivering greater social and economic value to the Victorian community through the regulation of workplace health and safety and delivery of the workers' compensation scheme.

To find out further information or to access the full report please click here.


ABS – 2016 Census Data Released

Recently the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the data from the 2016 census.

Census Program Manager Bindi Kindermann said that the latest release of 2016 Census data details a range of insights into the profile of Australia’s labour force and showed how working patterns had changed.

“According to the Census, 56 per cent of women in Australia were employed in 2016, compared with 65 per cent of men,” Ms Kindermann said. “Compare this to 1966 and we see that the proportion of men employed was 83 per cent while for women it was 34 per cent.”

The Census recorded that in the week leading up to Census night, Australia’s working population worked on average 34.6 hours per week, down from 35.1 in 2011. The average number of paid hours worked in the week leading up to Census night was 30 hours for females and 39 hours for males.

Ms Kindermann said today’s latest round of 2016 Census data provides further information that will help Australians understand who we are as a nation and help governments, councils, businesses and other organisations around the country plan for the future.

“Today latest Census release gives us invaluable insight into the nation, relating to internal migration, education and method of travel to work.

“Census data is available free online. Use one of our easy tools such as QuickStats and Community Profiles to access the latest data for your area or topic of interest.”

Data from the 2016 Census is now available on the ABS website.

For further information please click here.


NCVER Update

NCVER's strategic plan: 2017-20

This week NCVER's released it’s new strategic plan which is based on the results of an extensive independent review, designed to ascertain how we are perceived and how our data and products are used.

For further information please click here.


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 recently 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 186 job ads and 3 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