AE News - Volume 9, Issue 16

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

10 MAY - GTO Managers Network

18 MAY - Field Officers Network

  8 JUNE - OH&S Network


Federal Budget 2016-17 Summary

On Tuesday  this week the Commonwealth Government announced their 2016-17 Budget.
The budget has a strong focus on Jobs and Growth.

Please find below a summary of the key programs that will support the VET/ GTO Network

New Youth Jobs Path program
A new initiative, the Youth Jobs Path program, will provide $752 million to get people under 25 and currently on employment benefits trained to enter the workforce.
The cornerstone of this will be an internship program, from July 1 next year, that will see job seekers get hands-on work experience. About 30,000 places will be available each year, and each intern will work 15 to 25 hours per week and receive $200 a fortnight on top of their regular welfare benefits. Prospective interns will need to have been looking for a job for at least six months.
A youth wage subsidy of between $6500 - $10,000 will be part of the program for each eligible participant/ employer (paid by the 6 month mark) (The budget papers are silent on GTO eligibility – as it only mentions “employers” so we will seek further clarification on detailed eligibility asap).

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
The Government will redesign the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to improve client participation, English language proficiency, and employment outcomes. Key changes include offering additional hours of English tuition to eligible clients, introducing better monitoring of improvements in client English skills and establishing two new AMEP service streams — Social English and Pre Employment English.
The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Education and Training

Industry Skills Fund. Funding
The Government will achieve savings of $247.2 million over five years from 2015 16 by reducing the annual funding available under the Industry Skills Fund. Funding of $206.9 million over five years will continue to be provided to support the training needs of small and medium enterprises which cannot be readily met by the national training system.
The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

VET promotion
The Government will provide $10.0 million over two years from 2015 16 for a national campaign to provide information to prospective students and employers about the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and the redesign of VET FEE HELP. The campaign will provide information about VET to school leavers and other prospective students, and inform jobseekers and employers about the availability of skills related government services.
The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Education and Training.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
The Government will also expand the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) to encourage self-employment and entrepreneurship, including by providing mentors and workshops on "being my own boss". The number of NEIS places will rise, and it will also be made available to recently retrenched workers.

Victorian Infrastructure projects
The Government will spend nearly $1.5 billion on new infrastructure projects in Victoria focused on roads.
The state's Western Ring Road will get $350 million, while there will be $500 million for the Monash Freeway, $345 million for rural and regional highways and $75 million to combat congestion in urban areas.


Jobs Victoria employment network project: Launch

On Monday morning this week the Hon. Jacinta Allen Minister for employment and public transport launched the Jobs Victoria employment network program.

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) is the Victorian Government's new program to help disadvantaged Victorian jobseekers to gain employment. It is a key initiative of the newly established Jobs Victoria, funded with $53 million in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget. JVEN will provide targeted support services for people looking for work and employers looking for workers, and will consolidate all Victorian employment services into one system.

We look forward to seeing the project fund applications open soon, and for our network to support this initiative

For further information please visit

The media release is available here.

Reminder that representatives from the department will presenting this information at our upcoming GTO Managers meeting on Tuesday 10 May.

There will also be a number of information sessions held around the state coming up over the next few weeks.

Information sessions will be held at the following times and locations:

Date:                Monday 9 May 2016
Time:                1pm – 3pm
Location:          Morwell Bowling Club,
                         52 Hazelwood Road, Morwell

Melbourne CBD (If attending this session please arrive early as security passes will need to be collected from the Concierge Desk prior to proceeding to the Theatrette)
Date:                Wednesday 11 May 2016
Time:                1pm – 3pm
Location:          Theatrette, Level 5,
                         121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Date:                Friday 13 May 2016
Time:                11am – 1pm
Location:          The Alfred Deakin Centre,
                         180-190 Deakin Avenue, Mildura

Date:                Monday 16 May 2016
Time:                10am – 12pm
Location:          Geelong Conference Centre,
                         Adams Court, Eastern Park, Geelong
Date:                Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time:                10am – 12pm
Location:           Mercure,
                          613 Main Road, Ballarat
Date:                Thursday 19 May 2016
Time:                1pm – 3pm
Location:           Parklake,
                         481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
Date:                Friday 20 May 2016
Time:                10am – 12pm
Location:          The Capital,
                         50 View Street,  Bendigo

Applications have now opened, with further detailed program guidelines. Please visit

If you are interested in attending a session, please email your RSVP stating the session you wish to attend and the names of the attendees to


Registrations for our mid-year conference

Registrations are open for our mid-year conference

This year’s event promises to be jammed packed with a range of topics including updates from:

• The back to work fund


• Department of Education

• Victorian Skills commissioner

• Government projects from the Department of Economic Development

The conference will also have workshops on:

• RTO Assessment validation

• Tender Strategy and management

• GTPaC and EGTPaC

• New GTO standards and Statistical reporting (online)

Date: 16 & 17 June

Venue: Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre, Ballarat

Early Bird registration closes 20th May.

Full program details are available here


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VET FEE-HELP Discussion Paper

The Redesigning VET FEE-HELP Discussion Paper seeks to promote public discussion and inform the redesign of the VET FEE-HELP scheme.

Minister Ryan is seeking feedback on the ideas presented in the paper which includes a series of questions to guide stakeholders in providing comment.

“I have focused on a three-pronged approach to tackling VET FEE-HELP. First, ensuring that all efforts are made to protect those students who have found themselves without a provider or been subject to unethical practices; second, continuing and increasing the focus on compliance and probity activities by the Department; and, third, commencing this process of redesign of the VET FEE-HELP scheme.

“The Coalition Government is committed to improving the integrity of the VET FEE-HELP scheme and ensuring its long-term sustainability,” Minister Ryan said.

The closing date for submissions is Thursday 30 June 2016.

For more information, view the:

• News item from the Department of Education and Training - Discussion paper released to inform the redesign of the VET FEE-HELP scheme - 29 April 2016;

Media release from Minister Ryan - Release of the Redesigning VET FEE-HELP discussion paper - 29 April 2016;


SpotJobs Career Expo
July 29-31, 2016, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The SpotJobs Career Expo is the largest and most comprehensive career event in Australia.

The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades and higher education in an exciting, interactive and informative format. All sectors and industries are covered, with the latest career trends and opportunities showcased and ready to be explored.

The event annually attracts 20,000 attendees consisting of school leavers, graduates, jobseekers, and mature aged career changers, offering exhibitors the opportunity to attract a targeted audience.

Now in its 15th year, the event will be held on Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July 2016, at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Southbank (within the Melbourne CBD).

The expo offers free career advice, inspiring and informative industry panels, employment opportunities, interactive training demonstrations and exhibits, free seminars and a wealth of information and opportunities for further study within the private education sector to universities.

With all career, education and training information under one roof, this event is the first stop for all Victorians seeking a successful future.

To view their website:

For more information on the event and  to download a free ticket, please visit or speak to Bill Lennox  the expo's Business Development Manager directly on 03 9620 9920


The Needanapprentice website currently has 15 job ads and 16 resumes online.

If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to register your details on the website to gain access to the apprentice listings and post your vacancies.

Registration is free and only takes a moment to complete and you could be filling your vacancies right away.

If you need any assistance with registering, posting a vacancy or would like further information please contact the AEN office on 9639 3955 or email