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AE News Volume 11, Issue 17

Friday, 25th May 2018
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Upcoming Events

30 May - Cultural Awareness Workshop
28 & 29 Jun - Mid-Year Conference
17 July - OHS 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 registrations 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
This year during National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.

This year’s theme “Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow” explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. This "National Reconciliation Week" learn more about the Australian story.

The anniversary of the 1967 Referendum (27 May) marks the start of NRW each year. The 1967 referendum altered the Australian Constitution in a momentous way, with more than 90 per cent of Australian voters choosing 'Yes’

For further information and to access a range of free resources please visit the Reconcilliation Australia website.

AGA Awards

AGA 2018 Awards Presentation
Last Friday night AGA held its annual graduation and awards presentation.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Auto, Engineering and Utilities Award - Benjamin Rodgers
Business, IT and Finance Award - Rebecca Chippendale
Construction Trades Award - Nathan Ramsbothom
Health, Education and Disability Award - Nichole Hackney
School Based Apprentice/Trainee Award - Alysha Spencer
The Bob Low Memorial - Rory Toomey
The Carol Hammett – RTO student of the Year Award - Cheyanne Angus
Safety Award - Benjamin Rodgers
Indigenous Apprentice / Trainee Award - Jemma Potter
Best Overall Trainee of the Year - Rebecca Chippendale
Best overall Apprentice of the Year - Nathan Ramsbothom

Congratulations to AGA and all the graduates, award nominees and winners.

For further information please visit the AGA website.

2018 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year

The 2018 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year was awarded to social entrepreneur Dan Poole for his efforts to combat homelessness one crepe at a time on Friday evening last week.

The 24-year-old co-founded Australia’s first not-for-profit crepe van, Crepes for Change, which provides training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians and has raised almost $270,000 for the cause since 2015.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos paid tribute to Mr Poole and the other award winners.
She also used the opportunity to invite community organisations to apply for funding to help more young people achieve their goals by supporting them through education and training programs.
The Empower Youth program received a further $2 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/2019 and will allow at least a further four organisations to take part and fund youth workers.

In all there were 10 category winners for the awards, recognising their work in the areas of community service, small business, rural and regional health, arts, fashion and education.

The full list of 2018 category winners are:
  • The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award, Happy Brain Education
  • Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award, Nikolina Mabic
  • Bartercard Online Achievement Award, Yuma Soerianto
  • Academy Graphics Regional Achiever Award, Darcy McGlade
  • Kangan Institute Inspirational TAFE Student Award, Tom Lobbe
  • Berry Street Create Change Award, Dan Poole
  • First National Real Estate Leadership Award, Dr Joanna Newton
  • WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award, Maxwell Hertan
  • Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria Regional and Rural Health Award, Steffi Patience
  • The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award, Frances Cannon
For more information on the Empower Youth program and how to apply for funding, please visit the Youth Central website.

Scams Awareness Week

Scams Awareness Week
Scams Awareness Week runs from 21–25 May 2018. Australians are urged to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ‘Stop and check: is this for real?’.

Scams Awareness Week is an initiative of the Scams Awareness Network.

Tips to protect yourself

  • If you’re contacted unexpectedly and threatened by someone who says they’re from a government agency or trusted business, always consider the possibility that it may be a scam – then stop and check if it’s for real.
  • Don’t be pressured by a threatening caller and don’t respond to threatening emails or voicemail messages asking you to call someone back. If you do, the scammers may increase their intimidation and attempts to get your money.
  • If you’re unsure whether a call or email is genuine, verify the identity of the contact through an independent source, such as a phone book or online search, then get in touch with them to ask if they contacted you. Don’t use the contact details provided by the caller or in the message they sent to you.
  • If you’re still unsure, speak to a family member or friend about what's happened.
  • Never give money, bank account or credit card details or other personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust – and never by email or over the phone.
  • A government agency or trusted business will never ask you to pay by unusual methods such as with gift or store cards, iTunes cards, wire transfers or bitcoin.
  • Don’t open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or emails and don’t click on links or open attachments – just delete them.
  • Never give anyone remote access to your computer if you’re contacted out of the blue – whether through a phone call, pop up window or email – and even if they claim to be from a well-known company like Telstra.
For further information please visit the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission website.

The Money Smart website also has a great range of free video resources to support people in better understanding a range of money topics including scams.

Click Here for more information.

Australian Industry Skills Council to Consider Industry Reference Committees Skills Forecasts

Each of the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) supported by Skills Impact have submitted their 2018-2021 IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work to the Australian Industry Skills Council (AISC).

IRC skills forecasts identify skills gaps, emerging skills needs and associated training needs for industry and determine whether there is a need to change training packages.

The AISC will consider the skills priorities that have been identified in each document to determine training package development projects.

Follow the links below to view the IRC Skills Forecasts submitted to the AISC:
For further information please visit the Skills Impact website.

Australian Training Awards – Applications Close 31 May

For 25 years, the Australian Training Awards have paid tribute to excellence in Australia’s vocational education and training sector by showcasing people, businesses and organisations who have invested in real skills for real careers.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP, this week called for applications for the country’s preeminent award program.

“The Awards recognise outstanding achievements in skills and training and I urge people and organisations to get applications in by 31 May,” Minister Andrews said.

“Winners and finalists go on to join the ranks of the prestigious Australian VET Alumni, where they become Australia’s national champions for skills and training.

“I want to see the best in our sector recognised for investing in vocational education and training, either as a provider or someone who has benefitted from receiving a nationally recognised qualification."

“So whether you’re an individual, or you represent a secondary school, registered training organisation or a local business, if you have a good story to tell about your experience in skills and training, submit your nomination for this year’s awards and the opportunity for national recognition.”

Of the 18 award categories, seven accept applications directly to the Australian Training Awards with the remainder nominated from state and territory training awards programs.

The Australian Training Awards will be held in Sydney at the International Convention Centre on 15 November.

Applications close 31 May. For more information and to apply, visit the Australian Training Awards website.

Implications of the GDPR on Cyber Risk for Australian Companies

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018 hails the most significant change to data protection law in Europe in over 20 years.

The GDPR is intended to foster clear, uniform data protection laws across the EU, building legal certainty for entities and enhancing consumer trust in online services.

While primarily applicable to EU member states, the GDPR can have broad extra territorial reach and may have implications for Australian businesses.

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.

Click Here for the Australian Government guidance and for further information please visit the GDPR Media Release

NCVER Update

NCVER this week released the following data on international VET student outcomes:

Statistical report International onshore VET graduate outcomes 2017

New data reveals 85.3% of international students who graduated from an onshore Australian VET program in 2016 were satisfied with the overall quality of their training.

International onshore VET graduate outcomes 2017 reports the results of a recent trial to expand the annual National Student Outcomes Survey to include data on the training outcomes and satisfaction levels of international onshore VET graduates for the first time. Click Here for the survey outcomes.

The release of this new data also marks the start of the collection period for the 2018 National Student Outcomes Survey. Already Australia’s largest survey of VET students, it will expand yet again this year and over 800 000 people who completed training in 2017 will be contacted, including international onshore VET graduates.

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