Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 15

Friday, 11th May 2018
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Upcoming Events

30 May - Cultural Awareness W/shop
28 & 29 Jun - Mid-Year Conference
17 July OHS Network Meeting
Click here for all upcoming events.

2018/19 Federal Budget Summary

fed budget
On Tuesday this week the federal budget was announced. Below is a summary of the key announcements that may impact group training organisations.

VET – Education

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF)
The Government announced the Skilling Australian Fund will now run over five years. $250 million will be bought into the current year by reducing the funding allocation of subsequent years. There is also a $50 million incentive for states that commit before the end of this financial year. The SAF is intended to create 300,000 apprenticeships over five years, based on the states proposing projects and providing matching funding.


The VET FEE-HELP loan problem is still being felt in the 2018-19 Budget. The Government is planning to spend $36.2M over four years for a new IT system to ensure compliance in the replacement/new VET Student Loans program.

The VET Student Loans Ombudsman, given the task of receiving student complaints about vocational education lending, will have $1 million to help deal with the large numbers of people making complaints.

Support for regional participants

There is some good news for students in regional, rural and remote areas, with:
  • $96.1 million over four years for young people in regional, rural and remote communities to transition to further education, training and employment.
  • $53.9 million to improve regional students’ access to youth allowance, by changing the threshold and assessment for parental income.
  • $1.3 million per year until 2020-21 to continued funding the MoneySmart Teaching program, designed to improve financial literacy education for youth
For further details on the education budget please visit the Federal Budget website.

Employment Programs

Regional Employment Trial
The Government will provide $18.4 million to trial localised approaches to delivering employment services in 10 selected disadvantaged regions. The trial will commence on 1 October 2018 and will fund Employment Facilitators to work with Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committees. Grants of up to $1 million will be available to each region to support employment-related projects that invest in local communities and job seekers.

For further information please visit the RDA website.

Transition to Work
The Government is investing $89 million to the Transition to Work program. This will deliver over 40,000 places to provide intensive and tailored pre-employment support to participants aged 15-21 who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Youth Employment Body
The Government will provide $700,000 to the Brotherhood of St Laurence to establish a Youth Employment Body. It will act as a forum to create best-practice youth employment service models, develop research to inform future policy and programs, and mobilise employer effort and expertise that can be scaled up nationally.

Skills Checkpoint and Training Incentive
The Government will commence the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program to assist Australians aged 45 to 70. Through individually tailored assessments and referrals, the Skills Checkpoint will provide workers with advice on how to best use their existing skills in the workforce, or identify opportunities for upskilling. Individuals who would benefit from additional workforce support and training opportunities will be eligible for a range of additional services, including tailored advice for job applications and follow-up coaching.

The Skills and Training Incentive will provide up to $2000 per worker to fund reskilling opportunities for eligible individuals aged 45 to 70, to be matched by either the individual or the employer. Workers aged 45 to 70 who have completed the Skills Checkpoint, and are currently in employment but have been assessed as possibly susceptible to job loss will be eligible for the matched incentive. Participants will work with Skills Checkpoint assessors to source appropriate training.

Online Employment Services Trial
The Government will provide $12.2 million over three years for a program to trial digital delivery of employment services for up to 10,000 job-ready participants. The trial will be delivered over two years. Under the trial, job-ready eligible participants will engage online through jobactive for up to six months. Participants who remain unemployed after this period will be referred to employment service providers for further support.

NDIS Jobs and Market Fund
The Government will provide $64.3 million over four years to support the ongoing implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by establishing a NDIS Jobs and Market Fund which will invest in targeted initiatives to promote the development of the NDIS workforce.

New Disability Employment Services — Transition Assistance
The Government will provide $9.9 million to ensure continuity of the Disability Employment Services program as providers transition to the new disability employment services’ framework.

Veterans’ Employment
The Government will provide an additional $8.3 million to support veterans to successfully gain civilian employment. This includes $4 million for: ongoing support to the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment established in 2017-18.

Infrastructure and Construction
The Budget includes a $24 billion infrastructure package that will fund key road and rail projects across the country including;
  • Melbourne Airport rail link ($5.1 billion).
  • Sydney freight rail ($400 million).
  • Brisbane to Gold Coast M1 upgrade ($1 billion).
  • WA road and rail commitments ($3 billion).
  • Bruce Highway upgrade ($150 million).
  • Sunshine Coast rail upgrade ($390 million).
  • Adelaide North-South corridor ($177 million).
  • A third round of the Building Better Regions fund got $200m to fund local governments and not-for-profit organisations to develop commercial enterprises.
  • $260m for new satellite technology to enhance GPS applications such as smart farming.
Support for Small Business
The small business "$20,000 instant asset write-off" has been extended for a third year, to June 30, 2019.

For further information on the budget details please visit Budget 2018-19

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
  • 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 registrations close Friday 21 May 2018


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.

ATEP Annual Awards

ATEP Awards
On Friday evening last week ATEP held its annual awards evening at the Frankston RSL. It was a great night that showcased some fantastic examples of school based apprenticeship and traineeship outcomes in the local community. Congratulations to everyone involved at ATEP.

Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners.

Best SBAT 2017 Community Project - Kyle Pouwels-Hay

SBAT 2017 Encouragement Award Community Project - Glenn Goldsmith

Best Trainee 2017 - Toby Redpath

Best 1st Year Apprentice 2017 - Brad Watt

Best 2nd Year Apprentice 2017 - Curtis Murfett

Best 3rd Year Apprentice 2017 - Angus Sweeney-Smith and Ben McManus

Best 4th Year Apprentice 2017 - Matthew Lyall

Mal Foster Award Best Overall Apprentice 2017 - Daniel Thompson

Host Employer Newcomer Award 2017 - Keysight Technologies Australia Pty Ltd

Neil Hamilton Award Host Employer of the Year 2017 - City of Casey

Melbourne’s North Joblink is Now Live!

job link
There are currently over 820 jobs on offer in at Melbourne's North Job Link an online intersection of regional jobs, trending industries, the emerging gig economy & entrepreneurship. The project is a collaboration between Hume City Council, North Link, and the following Councils; City of Darebin, Moreland City Council, City of Whittlesea and Banyule City Council representing a population catchment of over 1 million people.

Register or sign up today on Melbourne's North Job Link to receive full access of all the jobs and opportunities in Melbourne's North.

Additional features of MNJoblink are:
  • Knowledge Centre which includes jobseeker and employer resources.
  • Trending Industry information find out where the jobs growth is and is going to be.
Sign in or register on:

Melbourne's North OnCall to be connected to short term work requests and asset sharing opportunities.

Melbourne's North Experience to connect to work experience opportunities including volunteering, structured work experience and placements.

Melbourne's North Training Events to find out about professional development opportunities including workshops, seminars and short training courses in Melbourne's North.

Melbourne's North Business Events to find out about industry and business related events such as conferences and networking events to connect local businesses and expand the regions knowledge base.

For more information or to register please visit Melbournes North Joblink

Free WH&S Show in Melbourne - 23 & 24 May

Reminder that the Melbourne Workplace Health and Safety Show is on May 23 & 24 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre

The Workplace Health & Safety Show will present safety professionals with the broadest range of offerings under the one roof where they can compare, buy and stay updated on the latest products and policies.

Businesses from the following industries will be on show
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Corporate Health
  • Electrical Safety
  • OH&S Software
  • Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Height Safety
  • Materials Handling
  • Building Safety
For further information and to register please visit the WHS Show website.

VRQA Update

Apprenticeships and traineeships: resolving disputes

If an apprentice and their employer are unable to resolve differences about their training contract obligations, the VRQA dispute resolution policy outlines the process in resolving contractual disputes in Victoria.

For a copy of the updated policy, please visit the VRQA website

Changes for new group training organisations

The Group Training Organisation (GTO) Policy and Procedures has been amended to expand on the previous policy.

The updated policy highlights GTOs' responsibilities under the Commonwealth's National Standards for Group Training Organisations, and provides clarity on recognition and audit processes.

The policy also details the application process for new GTOs seeking recognition. To facilitate the process, an application form will soon be available on the VRQA website.

For further information please visit the VRQA website.

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