Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 13, Issue 14

Friday, 1st May 2020
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Update to JobKeeper

Extension of time to enrol for the JobKeeper scheme

The Commissioner has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods, from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020.

If you enrol by 31 May you will still be able to claim for the fortnights in April and May, provided you meet all the eligibility requirements for each of those fortnights. This includes having paid your employees by the appropriate date for each fortnight.

For the first two fortnights (30 March – 12 April, 13 April – 26 April), it is acceptable that the minimum $1,500 payment for each fortnight has been paid by you even if it has been paid late, provided it is paid by 8 May 2020.

If you do not pay your staff by this date, you will not be able to claim JobKeeper for the first two fortnights.

You can enrol and claim for JobKeeper earlier if you choose. For example, you can enrol by the end of April to claim JobKeeper payments for the two fortnights in April.

Update to JobKeeper rules

To ensure the integrity and the efficient operation of the JobKeeper Payment scheme, the Government is clarifying the operation of some rules:
  • employees employed through a special purpose entity, rather than an operating entity
  • charities and the treatment of government revenue
  • religious practitioners
  • 'one in all in’ principles
  • full time students aged 16 and 17 years old
  • international aid organisations, and
  • universities.
The Department is developing information and guidance and will update their website as soon as possible.

You can find more information on the Apprenticeship Wage Support Program from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

COVIDSafe App Launched

On Sunday the Minister for Health Greg Hunt and the Chief Medical Officer released the COVIDSafe app, which will help keep you, your family and your community safe from further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure.

The COVIDSafe app is just one of the tools we will use to help protect the health of the community by quickly alerting people who may be at risk of having contact with the virus. The use of the app will help us to move more quickly to reduce restrictions than would otherwise be possible.

Without the assistance of technology, finding people who may have been exposed to the virus relies on people being able to recall who they have been around and knowing the details of every individual they have been in close contact with.

In many cases, we don’t know the names and contact details of those we’ve been in close contact with (for example, at the supermarket or on the train). COVIDSafe app uses technology to make this process faster and more accurate and has been developed to ensure your information and privacy is strictly protected.

Collection and use of information from the app is consent based and consistent with the Privacy Act and Australian Privacy Principles. To further strengthen the app’s privacy arrangements the Health Minister made a Determination under the Biosecurity Act to protect people’s privacy and restrict access to app data to state and territory health authorities for contact tracing. Under that Determination, it will be a criminal offence to use any app data in any other way. It will also be a criminal offence for someone to be refused to enter a premises, participate in an event or receive a service for failing to use the app.

At the end of the Australian pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the app from their phone. This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information contained on the highly secure information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic.

While COVIDSafe app use is voluntary, all Australians are encouraged to download COVIDSafe app to help ensure we can effectively protect Australians and ensure we can quickly respond to any new cases of COVID-19.

For more information on the COVIDSafe app, please visit COVIDSafe.

Global Apprenticeship Network - Impact of COVID-19 on Training and Development Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way we work and learn in unprecedented ways.

In order to examine the impact of COVID-19 on training and development of employees, apprentices and interns in enterprises and other organizations, a global survey is jointly launched by key international and regional development partners, including the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, European Training Foundation, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Global Apprenticeship Network, International Labour Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the World Bank Group.

The survey targets all types of enterprises and other organisations in all regions of the world, and focuses on the following main areas:
  • The impact of the outbreak on the training and development of employees, apprentices and interns.
  • Good practices and innovative solutions undertaken by various enterprises and organizations to mitigate the challenges.
  • Policy recommendations to address such challenges after lifting of lock-down and in the future.
The survey is available in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Arabic), starts on 27 April and closes on 22 May 2020.

Take the online survey and let your voices be heard by decision-makers across the globe, including those at the United Nations entities and Development Banks!

Commission for Children and Young People Update

Commission for Children and Young People
The Commission for Children and Young People understands that many organisations subject to the Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme may currently be closed or have reduced or impacted operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The way some organisations provide services may have also changed, with an increase in the use of online and phone service delivery.

In this new environment, keeping children safe from abuse continues to be important and legal requirements under the Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme remain in place.

During this time, the Commission continues to regulate and enforce the Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme and take action where it observes serious risks to the safety of children.

We continue to offer advice to those who seek guidance and encourage you to contact us if you have questions about how to best fulfill your legal obligations at this time.

You can contact the Commission on 1300 78 29 78.

Please note that phones will be answered between 9.30am – 11.30am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, and we request that you call between these times.

Click to find out more about the following during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Worksafe Victoria Update

Preparing for a Pandemic: A Guide for Employers

How employers can use occupational health and safety (OHS) practice to plan for a pandemic
A pandemic is the worldwide spread of disease.

This guide has been prepared for use by employers in the event that the Federal Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer declares that a pandemic is affecting Australia.

This document tells you:
  • what is a pandemic and its effects
  • good occupational health and safety (OHS) practice in pandemic planning
  • the community and workplace impact of a pandemic
  • employer and employee obligations for health and safety
You can access this free resource, along with information on proper hygiene practices and a list of sources for more information or advice on the Worksafe website.

RMIT Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Div 2 Nursing) Traineeship

RMIT are now offering the Diploma of Nursing under a Traineeship model. RMIT has successfully developed and delivered the Diploma of Nursing Traineeship to some of Victoria’s major health providers and currently has limited places available for Group Training Organisations.

The Industry model for the enrolled Nursing program is a collaboration with Industry Partners and provides students with a technology enhanced learning experience using simulation laboratories, a new web based simulation experience that can be accessed by students online at any time and online learning capability.

The program is designed and contextualised to ensure that students are well prepared when they graduate. Graduates of this program may continue with further studies through the Bachelor of Nursing degree.

This model differs from the conventional EN program in that it is delivered over an 18 month period and embedded within the Industry Partners Health Care setting and customised to include the partners policies and procedures.

For more information, please contact:

Geoff Davey
Business Development Manager - - 0439 108 331

Debbie Reynolds
Director - Industry Initiatives & Engagement - - 0419259628

Victorian Training Awards - Nominations are Open

Eligible trainees or apprentices in the Victorian TAFE and training sector who deserve recognition for their achievements can now apply for this year’s Victorian Training Awards.

The Awards recognise and reward the achievements of apprentices, students, teachers, employers, and training providers across 15 general categories, People’s Choice Awards, and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. Winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards at the end of the year in Brisbane.

The AEN and GAN Australia are once again proudly supporting the Awards as a Principal Partner for the second year running.

Entries close midnight Friday 5 June, so make sure you submit your nomination before then.

For more information, visit the Victorian Training Awards.

Scholarships of up to $5,000 for Current and Aspiring Female Leaders

Scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in training and development to help support their participation in a range of online career building leadership development programs.

The initiative is providing junior teachers, school administrators and senior principals with scholarships to support their growth and development via participation in one of three flagship courses. Participants will benefit from course content such as Elements of a Successful Team, Team Dynamics, Purpose Priorities and Professional Development, Empowering Teams, and Evolving Strategic Change.

Expressions of Interest

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to Friday, May 15 2020.

BullyZero Introduces new Workplace and Schools Program

Workplace Program
Aimed at employers of all sizes and taking current COVI-19 restrictions, it will be delivered virtually; the program will equip you to guard the wellbeing, productivity and performance of your people throughout 2020.

It focuses on maximising positive connectivity, reducing negative strains and behaviours, and safeguarding the psychological and emotional safety of your people.

In addition, Bully Zero have also launched single webinars for employees and managers/leaders.

Schools Program
In response to the spread of COVID – 19, students and teachers have had to adapt to unprecedented changes in the delivery of education programs and learning.

To ensure Bully Zero can continue to educate our community on the dangers of bullying and cyberbullying, they are now offering all our workshops as live online webinars.

As students are spending more time in front of online devices for learning and socialising, new evidence suggests cyberbullying has significantly increased during this pandemic period. As such, it is essential that we continue to educate and inform our students and parents on the dangers associated with bullying, and assist with the development of personal strategies which help protect young people online.

Four webinars available to schools
  • Understanding Bullying
  • SafetyNet
  • Resilience
  • It Takes A Village (for parents and teachers)
More information for the Workplace Program and Schools Program is available on the Bully Zero website.

NCVER Update

Report: International onshore VET graduate outcomes 2019

New data reveals 84.4% of international onshore students who completed a VET qualification with an Australian provider in 2018 were satisfied with the overall quality of their training, similar to the previous year.

This publication provides a summary of the outcomes of international students who completed a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification in Australia during 2018.

Reason for training
  • 70.0% of international onshore VET graduates undertook training for employment-related reasons, 24.9% for personal reasons and 5.1% for further study reasons.
  • 88.8% fully or partly achieved their main reason for training, up 0.9 percentage points from 2018.
Employment and further study outcomes
  • 57.6% of international onshore VET graduates improved their employment status after training.
  • 51.3% were enrolled in further study after training in Australia, up 12.5 percentage points from 2018.
Satisfaction with training
  • 84.4% of international onshore VET graduates were satisfied with the overall quality of the training, similar to 2018.
  • 86.9% would recommend the training, similar to 2018.
  • 83.2% would recommend their training provider, down 1.6 percentage points from 2018.

For more information or to access the report visit the NCVER website.

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