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AE News Volume 11, Issue 12

Friday, 20th April 2018
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Upcoming Events

9 May - Alcohol and Drug Awareness W/shop
30 May - Cultural Awareness W/shop
28 & 29 Jun - Mid-Year Conference
Click here for all upcoming events.

AEN Mid-year Conference 28 & 29 June – Registrations Open

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.

Gforce Annual Awards Evening

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On Thursday evening this week Gforce held their annual awards in Geelong.

Major award winners included:

Indigenous Apprentice/ Trainee of the Year – Luke Dunrobin – Certificate III Floor and Wall Tiling
Apprentices Safety Award – Katrina Palmer – Certificate III Electrical Instrumentation
Trainee of the Year – Anis Gul Mohammad Ali – Certificate III Health Services
Apprentices of the Year – Daniel Aarons – Certificate III Automotive Mechanic

Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners.

For further information please visit the Gforce website.

National Report on Educational Divide Between Capital Cities and Regional and Rural Areas

The report on an extensive review to guide efforts to overcome the educational divide between capital cities and regional and rural areas is now available to the public.

The Federal Government recently released the final report of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education, led by Emeritus Professor Dr John Halsey.

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals Michael McCormack said the Coalition understood the need to bridge the divide between education outcomes in the bush and in the city.

“Unfortunately, what we see is that country kids aren’t always getting the same opportunities as students in our cities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Thriving regional and rural communities are key to Australia’s success and they need a high-performing education system.

“Dr Halsey’s report is an important step in outlining the issues that need to be tackled. The Coalition Government is absolutely committed to ensuring regional and rural students are getting the support they need to succeed.”

Professor Halsey identified four priorities from his 11 recommendations:
  1. Establishing a national focus for regional, rural and remote education, training and research to enhance access, outcomes and opportunities
  2. Focussing on research for successful learning and building young people’s futures – school leadership, teaching, curriculum and assessment
  3. Addressing the information communication and technology needs in regional, rural and remote locations
  4. Focusing on the transitions into and out of school.
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said Dr Halsey’s report identified gaps and room for improvement across a variety of areas of Australia’s education system.

To access the full report please visit the The Department of Education website.

For further information please visit the Department of Education Media Centre.

Latest National Employment Results

On Thursday this week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the March Quarter employment figures

Key points include:
  • National Employment increased 14,000 to 12,485,800.
  • Unemployment increased 3,500 to 735,000.
  • Unemployment rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 5.6%.
  • Participation rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 65.7%.
Victoria continued its strong performance with the overall unemployment rate at 5.7%

For further information please visit the The Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Victorian Education Week 20-26 May

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The "Celebrating the Arts" theme aligns to the Education State target 'Learning for Life', which aims to improve learning outcomes for every child, in every classroom, in every community to give everyone the best chance to succeed in work, and in life.

For more information on the Education State targets, local events and free resources please visit the Education State and Learning for Life website.

Pick Your Project: New Fund For Locals, Decided By Locals

Local projects will be chosen by local residents under a new community building fund, which will see Victorians nominate and decide on their own funding priorities.

The new grassroots democracy program, Pick My Project, will be backed by $30 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and will be spread across the state, giving every community the chance to benefit.

In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program.

All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project.

Ideas could include anything from sporting and recreation infrastructure, community arts projects, improvements to community facilities or the local environment.

Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there will be no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs will be eligible for funding.

Communities will then get to vote for the projects they think are most important, giving local residents the first and final say on the best way to improve their local area.

Projects between $20,000 and $200,000 will be eligible under the program, with funding spread between the nine Regional Partnership Regions and six Metropolitan Partnership Regions.

The Budget will also provide a $50 million boost to Growing Suburbs Fund to deliver more vital community infrastructure projects across Melbourne’s booming outer suburbs, in line with local council priorities.

The initiative will start in May and winning projects will be announced in September 2018. To get ready and register your interest, visit Pick my Project website.

MEGT Celebrates 35 Years as Your Local Apprenticeship Experts

MEGT has reached an outstanding milestone, celebrating 35 years in operation.

Established in 1982 with a goal to increase employment and skills in the Outer Eastern region of Melbourne, MEGT opened with just three staff members and 12 Group Training apprentices.

The company has now grown to over 600 employees, located in 58 offices nationwide. To date, the longstanding GTO has placed approximately 15,000 apprentices and trainees with around 10,000 Host Employers across the country.

In celebration of their 35th anniversary and the many milestones they’ve achieved along the way, MEGT has released a short video highlighting their journey from 1982 to today. To watch MEGT’s 35-year anniversary video, click here. To find out more about MEGT, head to

From all of us here at AEN, congratulations MEGT!

30th Annual Worksafe Awards – Entries Open

The Annual Worksafe Awards recognise those who strive to improve health and safety in the workplace.

The categories for this year’s awards are:
• Health and Safety Invention of the Year
• OHS Achievement
• Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue
• Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue
• Health and Safety Representative of the Year
• Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing
• Worker Return to Work Achievement
• Leading Return to Work Practice by Employer
• Return to Work Coordinator Excellence.

Nominations are open to all Victorian-based employers and workers, and entrants may nominate themselves or another person.

Entries close 31 May 2018.

Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Crown on 18 October.

For more information go to the Worksafe Awards website.

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