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AE News Volume 11, Issue 18

Friday, 1st June 2018
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Upcoming Events

28 & 29 Jun - Mid-Year Conference
17 July - OHS Network Meeting
14 Aug - QA Standards Network Meeting
Click here for all upcoming events.

AEN Mid-year Conference 28 & 29 June – Registrations Close Friday 15 June

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
  • Commonwealth Department of Education
Hear updates on a wide range of topics including:

  • OH&S
  • 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 registration has closed


All delegates must organise their own accomodation. To book accomodation contact the Dingley International Hotel Dingley Hotel. If the Dingley International is booked out you can try the following hotels in the area:

Beaumaris Bay Motel Beaumaris Bay Motel

Quest Cheltenham Quest Apartments

Parkdale Motor Inn Parkdale Motor Inn

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

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June

2018 National Reconciliation Week
Reconciliation Australia coordinates National Reconciliation Week (NRW), each year developing the theme and resources while Reconciliation Victoria promotes NRW at a local level.

This year's theme is “Don't keep history a mystery - Learn. Share. Grow.”

National Reconciliation Week invites all Australians to learn, share and grow, by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story. This theme ties in with one of the five key dimensions of meaningful reconciliation: addressing historical injustices.
To learn more about the 'Five Dimensions of Reconciliation click here.

For further information please visit the Reconciliation Victora website.

Reminder that NAIDOC Week is coming up on the 8-15 July. For all details visit the NAIDOC website.

National WorldSkills Competition – Go Team Victoria!

Worldskills Vic Team 2018
On Friday morning this week the Minister for Training and Skills the Hon. Gayle Tierney farewelled the Victorian WorldSkills team that will compete over the weekend against all other states and territories in the National WorldSkills competition being held in Sydney from the 2-4 June.

National Championship Fast Facts

  • 500+ Number of competitors
  • 60 Trades and skills represented
  • 300 Judges
  • 120 Dedicated volunteers
  • 16-20 Hours spent competing
  • 3 Days spent competing
  • 159 Medals awarded
  • $10m Materials and equipment used
  • 21,000 Visitors to the event
Congratulations and best of luck to the Victorian team members at WorldSkills.

For further information please visit the WorldSkills Australia website.

Agricultural Skills and Training Initiative in the Wimmera

Skillinvest Ministerial Visit
The Victorian Government will partner with Birchip Cropping Group and Longerenong College to deliver an agricultural skills and training initiative in the heart of the Wimmera.

Earlier this week Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced $578,000 for the first stage of the Agriculture Technology Innovation, Development and Extension program (AgTIDE) – a key priority of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Partnership.

As part of the new education and skills project, there will be more support for the commercialisation of on-farm technology, strengthening the area’s reputation as a leader in grain production.

‘AgTIDE Education and Training’ is one of four components of the project proposed by the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership.

AgTIDE integrates a range of projects designed specifically to enable the commercialisation of agriculture technology and drive on-farm adoption of the technology.

It will ensure Victorian growers and students continue to be among the world’s best grain producers and that the grains industry is positioned to benefit from advances in this area.

New units of competency in Agriculture Technology will be developed and added to Longerenong College’s existing qualifications such as the Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management, the Certificate IV in Agriculture, and the Diploma in Agronomy, which are offered to full-time students at the College.

Congratulations to the team at Longerenong College and Skillinvest.

For further information please click here.

Celebrating 20 Years of Support for Australian Apprenticeships

On Thursday morning this week the Federal Assistant Minister Hon Karen Andrew's announced that this month marks 20 years of Australian Government support for apprenticeships. From 1998, when New Apprenticeship Centres were first opened, to today over 2.5 million Australian Apprentices have completed their training.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said this milestone represented 20 years of apprentices following their dreams.

“The apprenticeship is a key foundation of the education sector and the economy,” Minister Andrews said.

“Over the last 20 years the Government has provided over $9 billion to assist businesses to take on apprentices. This is important because an apprenticeship means hands on practical training, and an apprenticeship also means employment.

“There’s no better way for someone to gain the skills they need to succeed than through an apprenticeship, and there’s no better way for businesses to gain the skilled workforce they need. That’s why I’m proud we have supported apprentices to gain real skills for real careers for the last 20 years.”

For further information please visit the Ministers for the Department of Education & Training Media Centre

To learn more about Australian Apprenticeships please click here.

Foundation Skills Assessment Tool Closing

The Department of Education and Training advises that the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) will close down from 1 July 2018.

The tool will remain completely functional for organisations already registered to use FSAT (and their students to sit assessments) until 30 June 2018 with ongoing technical assistance and support provided by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The ACER FSAT Helpdesk can be contacted through to this date on (03) 9277 5224 or at

As a result of the closure, no new registrations are being accepted.

Further information regarding the closure is available on the Factsheet and FAQs.

Any queries regarding the closure should be emailed to

For further information visit the Department of Education & Training website.

NCVER Update: VET- Helping to 'Close the Gap'

Welcome to this special edition of NCVER News, where we acknowledge National Reconciliation Week 2018 and the important role VET plays in closing the employment gap for Indigenous Australians.

Research shows VET is a preferred post-school learning pathway for Indigenous students, with figures showing a steady increase from 2005 to 2015 in Indigenous students’ participation in higher level qualifications.

This shift is a positive sign, as employment rates are greater for those who gain a certificate III or higher.

Additionally, Indigenous participation in VET in Schools programs has also increased substantially over the past decade, with the proportion of Indigenous students nearly doubling from 3.2% to 6.0% between 1996 and 2016.

For a comprehensive overview of Indigenous VET participation, completion and employment outcomes, view this infographic on our Portal.

Other recently-released products focusing on Indigenous participation in VET include:

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