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AE News Volume 11, Issue 9

Thursday, 29th March 2018
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AEN Mid-year Conference 28 & 29 June – Registrations Have Now Opened

This year's AEN Mid-year Conference will be held on the 28 & 29 June at the Dingley International.

Speakers will include:

Victorian Government – Department of Education – Higher Education and Skills
Victorian Skills Commissioners Office
Victorian Major Projects
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Victorian Registration Qualifications Authority

Hear updates on a wide range of topics including:

Industrial Relations
One Touch Payroll
RTO Compliance
Cyber Security
Labour Hire
Board Governance
GTO Standards
GTO Funding


28 & 29 June 2018


Dingley International Hotel
334 Boundary Rd, Dingley Village VIC 3172

Early bird registrations close Friday 25 May 2018

For further information and to register please see our Events Calendar.

Brotherhood of St Laurence Report: Nation’s 20 Youth Unemployment Hotspots in 2018

More than one third of all unemployed people in Australia are aged 15-24, according to a new report released this week by the Brotherhood of St Laurence mapping the 20 worst "hotspot" regions for youth unemployment in 2018.
The data analysis finds 55 of the total of 87 regions in Australia are burdened by youth unemployment rates above 11 per cent. This stands in contrast to the overall national unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent, which includes all age groups.

Striking locational differences have emerged. In five regions – all outside capital cities – youth unemployment among 15 to 24 year olds in the labour force surpassed 20 per cent.

"The story of youth employment in our prosperous country has become a tale of two Australia’s," warns the report by national anti-poverty group the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

The report analyses Australian Bureau of Statistics data to find youth unemployment is at its extreme – more than 65 per cent – in a thinly populated but vast tract of land in the Queensland outback, encompassing Cape York as well as the mining centres of Mount Isa and Weipa.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Executive Director, Conny Lenneberg, said the new report exposed how location was shaping opportunities for young Australians.

"In our prosperous country it’s very worrying when we have more than a quarter of a million young people in the labour force who are unemployed. Youth unemployment hotspots in outer suburbs and rural areas are carrying the heaviest burden," she said.

"The modern economy is creating new risks for Australia’s emerging generation. Disadvantaged young people in particular are facing barriers in their effort to secure work. To meet this challenge, we need action from governments as well tapping into effort of employers in local communities. Stubborn rates of youth unemployment are not just a concern for families or the welfare sector."
20 worst hotspots named

The Brotherhood report, titled 'An unfair Australia? Mapping youth unemployment hotspots', identifies the 20 hotspots that have the highest youth unemployment rates in Australia from ABS data:
  • 67.1 per cent in the Queensland-Outback region, including Cape York, Weipa, Mount Isa, Longreach
  • 28.9 per cent in the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region of NSW, including Nowra, Mittagong, Ulladulla
  • 27.7 per cent in the Wide Bay region of Queensland, including Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough
  • 21.8 per cent in the Tasmania-South East region, including Bruny Island, Southern Midlands, Derwent Valley
  • 21.5 per cent in the Murray region of NSW, including Albury, Tocumwal, Jerilderie, Deniliquin
  • 19.8 per cent in the Coffs Harbour-Grafton region of NSW, also including Bellingen, Dorrigo
  • 18.7 per cent in the Melbourne-West region, including Sunshine, St Albans, Footscray, Melton
  • 18.6 per cent in the Central Coast NSW region, including Gosford, Woy Woy, Wyong, The Entrance
  • 18.4 per cent in the Adelaide-North region, including Elizabeth, Salisbury, Parafield, Gawler
  • 18.1 per cent in the Townsville region in Queensland, also including Ayr, Charters Towers, Ingham
  • 17.7 per cent in the Mandurah, WA, region, including Pinjarra
  • 17.5 per cent in the Melbourne-North West region, including Keilor, Sunbury, Broadmeadows, Craigieburn
  • 17.0 per cent in the Adelaide-West region, including Port Adelaide, Fulham, Henley Beach, Plympton
  • 17.0 per cent in the Logan-Beaudesert region in Queensland, also including Beenleigh, Springwood
  • 16.9 per cent in the Adelaide-South region, including Brighton, Mitcham, Morphett Vale, Glenelg
  • 16.6 per cent in the New England-North West region of NSW, including Armidale, Moree, Tamworth
  • 16.3 per cent in the South Australia-South East region, including Victor Harbour, Mount Gambier
  • 16.2 per cent in the Bendigo region of Victoria, also including Castlemaine, Kyneton, Heathcote
  • 16.1 per cent in the Shepparton region of Victoria, also including Cobram, Yarrawonga, Echuca
  • 16.0 per cent in the Perth-North West region, including Joondalup, Stirling, Wanneroo, Scarborough
In these regions higher-than-average youth unemployment rates have stubbornly persisted over time. In 19 of the 20 current hotspots youth unemployment rates had worsened from two years ago, the report finds.

The report also found stark regional differences at the state level, showing that economic conditions are not uniform across states.

The national youth unemployment rate remains more than 12 per cent.

To access the full report and to see the Media release please click here. Website

The Federal Government's MySkills website is constantly updated with the latest information and VET promotional resources.

The recently released VET Information Strategy is working to elevate the status of vocational education and training, including the creation and implementation of the real skills for real careers tagline:
There are a range of free resources you can access to assist in promoting VET.

Holmesglen 2018 Awards

On Friday evening last week, Holmesglen held its annual awards ceremony as part of their awards and graduation week.

There were a number of award categories with a summary of the key winners below:

Outstanding VCAL – Michael Smith
Outstanding Apprentice – Alicia Doreian – Certificate III Electrotechnology (sponsored by AEN)
Outstanding Certificate – Sean Brisbane – Certificate IV Design
Outstanding Diploma – Lisa Van Der Poel – Diploma of Event Management
Outstanding International Student – Tu Tue (Carol) San – Bachelor of Hospitality Management
Outstanding Higher Education – Iyiade (Hybee) Aibinuomo – Bachelor of Nursing
Outstanding individual Achievement – Annika McCaffrey – Diploma of Justice
Aspire Award – Tamara Cousins
Industry Appreciation Awards – Amnesty International, David Glass and Simplot Food Service.

Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners.

For further information please visit the Holmesglen website.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Guidance for Australian Businesses

The OAIC has published new guidance for Australian businesses on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

From 25 May 2018 Australian businesses of any size may need to comply with the GDPR if they have an establishment in the European Union (EU), if they offer goods and services in the EU, or if they monitor the behaviours of individuals in the EU.

The GDPR includes requirements that resemble those in the Privacy Act 1988, and additional measures that similarly aim to foster transparent information handling practices and business accountability around data handling.

In the lead-up to the commencement of the GDPR requirements, businesses should confirm whether they are covered by the GDPR, and if so, take steps to implement any necessary changes to ensure compliance.

Read the guidance here.

No More Harm Conference

Reminder that the “No More Harm” National Bullying Solution Conference is on the 12-13 April in Melbourne.

To find out more information or to register for the event please visit the No More Harm website

NCVER Update

National Student Outcomes Survey

The National Student Outcomes Survey, Australia’s largest survey of vocational education and training (VET) students, has expanded again, and this year NCVER will contact over 800 000 people who completed training in 2017. This means that some of your students are likely to be included in the survey.

This annual survey provides information on employment outcomes, training satisfaction, and the benefits and relevance of training. It benefits the VET sector by assisting students to make informed decisions about training (results included on the MySKills website), and helps governments and training providers administer, plan and monitor the VET system.

If your students are involved in the survey, we will be contacting you to seek your assistance in promoting the survey to current students and recent graduates. The more responses we obtain, the more robust the data, and the more likely we can provide your RTO with key statistics on your students’ satisfaction and outcomes. Students complete the survey between May and August 2018.
Further information on the survey, including what information is collected and how survey responses will be reported is available here.

Results from the previous years’ survey can be accessed here.

Regional approach to VET may improve student outcomes

VET student outcomes can be improved if training providers take a more regional approach to their course offerings and institutional learning support.

Improving participation and success in VET for disadvantaged learners shows that VET providers who focus more on immediate regional needs can also help improve opportunities for disadvantaged Australians and their communities.
The report presents three main areas for training providers to consider when developing a successful regional approach, drawn from thirteen case studies where both participation and completion rates were high for disadvantaged learners.

The findings from this report have been included in another new release, From school to VET: choices, experiences and outcomes, which brings together recent research and data to highlight the often complex issues school students face when transitioning into the VET system.

2018 Victorian Training Awards - Nominations Close Soon

Now in their 64th year, the prestigious awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, and the businesses who train them.

The Awards are an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your skills and journey within the training and TAFE system, and meet industry experts and employers from across Victoria to help build your career.

The Awards are open to all Victorian students in vocational education and/or training, from a range of backgrounds and age groups. There are five student award categories, including Apprentice of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Koorie Student of the Year, and School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. Winners receive $5,000 prize money, and become Victorian ambassadors for the TAFE and training sector.

Nominations for the awards are now open - until midnight on 2 April 2018.

Be inspired by the stories of previous winners, and nominate now!

We encourage you to get involved and nominate for the 2018 awards. To give you all the information you need and help you with your nomination, we have developed:

  • The 2018 VTA Guide
  • Student factsheet
  • Information on preparing your nomination
  • FAQs
  • Conditions of Entry
These resources can also be downloaded from the VTA resources page.

For more information, contact the Victorian Training Awards at or call 1800 290 654.

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