Apprenticeship Employment Network

AE News Volume 11, Issue 37

Friday, 12th October 2018
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Upcoming Events

16 Oct - IR PD Session
23 Oct - Cross-cultural Responsiveness
13 Nov - OHS Network Meeting

Click here for all upcoming events.

AEN 2018 Awards – Tickets are Now on Sale

Nominations have closed for our 2018 annual awards. We have received a record number of 35 entries across our 6 award categories.

  • ATO Best Victorian Apprentice - sponsored by Australian Super
  • ATO Best Victorian Trainee Award - sponsored by VicSuper
  • Outstanding OH&S Initiative Award - sponsored by EML
  • GTO Service Excellence Award - sponsored by MARSH
  • OH&S STAR Award - sponsored by EML
  • AEN Lifetime Achievement Awards
Finalists will be announced on 19 October 2018.

Tickets for the event being held on Thursday 22 November at Pelicans Landing in Williamstown have gone on sale via our new online registration process. Early bird sales close 26 October 2018.

For further information please visit the AEN Event Calendar.

Annual OctoberVET Event in Ballarat is on November 7th

The eleventh annual OctoberVET event at Ballarat is on 7 November 2018, 12.30-4.30 commencing with lunch, at the SMB Campus (Tech Park), Ballarat.

The theme of the event is ‘Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Research, Policy and Practice’.

Each October or November, RAVE hosts an 'OctoberVET' event open to all members of the community. The research-based event on vocational education and training is part of the series of annual national ‘OctoberVET’ events around Australia, an activity of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA).

This year we have keynote speeches from Carl Walsh (Manager, Tertiary Education Policy and Strategy from the Department of Education and Training Victoria) discussing ‘New Victorian policy developments in apprenticeships and traineeships’; and Erica Smith and Jackie Tuck from Federation University, in ‘What’s going on overseas? Findings from FedUni’s study on apprenticeship developments in the G20 countries’.

We also have parallel sessions presented by Gary Workman (Executive Director, Apprenticeship Employment Network); Barry Wright (FedUni TAFE Executive Director); Liam Frost-Camilleri (Language, Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator, Federation University) and Denielle Beardmore (Director of Clinical Education and Practice development, Ballarat Health Services) who will present a range of policy, practice and research topics.

There will be a chance to join a short workshop to discuss either policy and practice implications (your choice), with the afternoon concluding with a Q&A session with a panel of experts.

The full program is available from the Federation University Australia website via ‘VET Research events’.

Registrations for the event are now open, with a limited number of free places.

Please email to confirm your attendance.

World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Conference - Site Visit

World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Conference Group Photo
On Monday 8 October, Holmesglen Institute hosted a group of international delegates at their Chadstone campus, where they were given a site tour of the apprenticeship training facilities and provided with a few presentations on pre-apprenticeships, group training and best practices in collaboration with industry.

This tour is part of the larger World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics conference in Melbourne hosted by TDA. The conference saw over 700 delegates from around the world come to Melbourne to discuss the new challenges in vocational and professional education and training arising from advances in technologies and automation and the impact on work, societies and peoples who may be displaced due to changing economic and global circumstances.

Thank you to TDA, VTA and Holmesglen for their support in hosting a apprenticeship specific site tour at the Holmesglen campus on Monday.

Presentations are available from the apprenticeship site visit:
To find out more about the full conference please visit the WFCP website.

Victorian Energy Compare Website – with $50 Free Credit off your Next Energy Bill

Victoria Energy Compare
The Victorian Government's $50 Power Saving Bonus payment is available from 1 July to 31 December 2018 to every Victorian household.

Every Victorian household can submit a claim for the Power Saving Bonus.

To confirm your eligibility, you will need to meet the following criteria:
  1. You must have a residential electricity bill and be the account holder for that bill.
  2. You must be able to receive your bonus payment via mail at the address of your energy service.
To claim your bonus visit the Victoria Energy Compare website and follow the prompts.

Victorian Social Procurement Framework

Victoria is committed to social procurement and has established the Social Procurement Framework.

By using the Government's buying power, the Framework enables buyers and suppliers to deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes that benefit the Victorian community, the economy and the environment.

Recently the “Buying for Victoria” website was updated with information on Victoria's Social Procurement Framework; showing how the Victorian Government will achieve benefits from its procurement. Benefits will help our community, the economy and the environment.

To register as a Social procurement certified organisation, please visit the Social Traders website.

For further information please visit the Buying For Victoria website.

October is National Health & Safety Month

Health and Safety Month 2018
The Worksafe Australia website has a wide range of resources and information to assist everyone within your organisation develop a better understanding of workplace health and safety requirements including;

The latest data

Check out the fatality and injury infographics by state or industry.

Explore statistics and research into work health and safety in Australia – there is something relevant to your line of work.

Working safely in your language

Information sheets in 20 languages that provide clear, simple information about working safely in Australia. They explain that employers must look after the health and safety of workers and that a worker must look after their own health and safety, and include a checklist for new workers to use when starting a new job and a list of government work health and safety and workers’ compensation contacts.

Frequently asked questions

Who’s responsible?

While the Commonwealth, states and territories are responsible for regulating and enforcing the WHS laws in their jurisdictions, we all have a responsibility and duty for building a safe workplace around us.

Who has a duty?

Business owners, managers and employers owe a duty to employees to ensure ‘so far as reasonably practicable’ their health and safety at work.

What is regulation?

In Australia, ‘regulation’ is the process by which the model WHS laws are enforced. State-based WHS agencies – often called ‘regulators’ – enforce the model WHS laws in their jurisdiction.

What are the costs of poor safety?

Poor WHS can cause injury, illness and even death. While the emotional cost cannot be underestimated, the financial cost to the whole Australian community is staggering – in 2012–13 work related injury and illness cost $61.8 billion.

This figure includes both direct and indirect costs: workers’ compensation premiums, compensation payments to injured or incapacitated workers, loss of productivity, current and future earnings, potential output, and the cost of providing social welfare programs for injured or incapacitated workers.

Read statistics on the cost of injury and illness by:

What is good work design?

‘Good work’ is healthy and safe work, where the hazards and risks are eliminated or minimised. Good work is also where the work design optimises human performance, job satisfaction and productivity.
Good work contains positive work elements that can:
  • protect workers from harm to their health, safety and welfare.
  • improve worker health and wellbeing.
  • improve business success through higher worker productivity.
Designing good work starts at the conceptual and planning phases. At this early stage, there is greatest chance of finding ways to design out hazards, incorporate effective risk control measures and design in efficiencies.

Effective design of good work considers:
  • the work.
  • the physical working environment, and
  • the workers.
Read more about good work design and download a copy of our Principles of Good Work Design handbook.

What is the hierarchy of control?

The hierarchy of control can help you identify ways to control risks to health and safety by ranking them.

The model WHS laws require duty holders to work through this hierarchy when managing health and safety risks.

Read more about identifying, assessing and controlling hazards.

What is a hazard?

A ‘hazard’ is a situation or thing that has the potential to harm a person. Hazards at work may include noisy machinery, a moving forklift, chemicals, electricity, working at height, a repetitive job, and bullying and violence.

What is a risk?

A ‘risk’ is the possibility that harm – death, injury or illness – might occur when exposed to a hazard.

Who do you call?

To report a WHS incident or to discuss how you can make your workplace safer, contact the WHS authority in your jurisdiction.

Please help share this information within your organisations, and with your apprentices/ trainees and host employers during October.

For further information please visit the Safe Work Australia website.

New Race Discrimination Commissioner

Australia's new Race Discrimination Commissioner commenced the position this week on 8 October 2018.

Mr Chin-Leong Tan has been appointed to the position for a term of five years.

Mr Tan is a well-known and recognised leader in the multicultural community and I congratulate him on this significant appointment. Mr Tan's story is like that of so many Australians who were born overseas and chose to make a new life in Australia.

Because of the opportunities presented by and available in Australia, Mr Tan pursued his tertiary education in Australia and made Australia his home. After completing degrees in Arts and Law, Mr Tan practiced as a lawyer for over twenty years in Australia.

Since 2015, Mr Tan has been the Director of Multicultural Engagement at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and led the development of a Charter of Cultural Diversity, resulting in the University being awarded at the 2017 Victorian Multicultural Excellence Awards.

For further information, please visit the Attorney General for Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission websites.

Data Laws: the Must-Knows for NFPs Webinar

What are the privacy law requirements for not-for-profits? And what do recent legislation changes mean for your organisation?

In this 60-minute webinar, expert presenter Mae Tanner from Justice Connect will guide you through the basic requirements for not-for-profits under the Australian Privacy Principles, and the practical measures you can take to meet your organisation’s legal standard when collecting, using, disclosing and storing personal information.

Participants will leave this webinar with a comprehensive understanding of:
  • What steps your not-for-profit should be taking to keep client files and other personal information secure and well-managed
  • How to be ready to respond to a data breach or privacy complaint
  • What the EU GDPR Scheme is, and whether it's likely to cover your not-for-profit
  • Key requirements and early trends of the Data Breach Notification Scheme
This webinar is an important learning tool that will address an area of law that is increasingly important for charities and not-for-profit organisations who traditionally hold large amounts of sensitive information.

When: Thursday, 18 October 2018 @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST)
Cost: $55 - $70
Where: Online event - Access details are sent via email after registration

Register Here

COAG Update

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council gathered in Adelaide on 3 October 2018.

The meeting of skills ministers was chaired by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Australian Government Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education.

The Council held discussions on:

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Workforce
  • information for consumers, governments and regulators
  • skills shortages in small business
To view a summary of the meeting please visit COAG summary here.

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