AEN News - Volume 9, Issue 18

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

8 JUNE - OH&S Network

16-17 JUNE - AEN Mid Year Conference

11 AUGUST - Field Officers Conference


Victorian Government Training Market Report 2015.

The Training Market Report 2015 was released recently, with the report showing the first signs that students and industry are returning to our training market and that training in Victoria is stabilizing.

The report shows:

The overall decline in Victorian Government funded training, which began in 2012, has continued in 2015. In 2015, there were 377,831 students enrolled in government funded training in Victoria, compared with 443,687 in 2014.

For further information and the full report please click here 


Expressions of Interest have opened for our Multi Industry Pre Apprenticeship program across NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.

AEN believe one of the main reasons that apprenticeship completion rates are hovering around 50% is that young people don’t have the opportunity to trial/experience and learn about a range of vocational options before having to “sign up” to a 3-4 year qualification. Many young people have limited opportunities to experience working life within a range of different occupations, and rely on school, family or friends for initial career direction.

This project aims to provide participants with the opportunity to have a “hands on” trial of a range of vocational occupations over 6-12 months. Where each participant will engage with 3-4 different industries to research and experience first-hand what it really takes to be successful in that particular industry.

This project will also support host employers (majority small businesses) as they will be able to engage with a number of young participants through the project to find the best possible ”fit” for their business when looking to recruit an apprentice.

The project would seek students from secondary school (from years 10 and/or 11) and existing unemployed participants that might be interested in pursuing a vocational pathway in the future, through two separate programs.

The AEN website has a summary of project, the expression of interest form and frequently asked questions.

For further information please click here

Skillinvest also had an article in the local newpaper on the program.

For the article please click here 


Mid Year Conference - Early Bird Registrations Closes Today

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

• Jobs Victoria Employment Network 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

Reminder that Early Bird registrations close later today.

Full program details are available here


Understanding Australia’s VET System

The Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training (DET) are hosting a one-day event ‘Understanding Australia’s VET System’, featuring a selection of workshop sessions and panel discussions

• Did you know that an Australian Apprenticeship can be a passport to a better job, a higher pay packet and an exciting and rewarding working life?

• Want to learn about vocational learning and Vocational Education and Training (VET) being delivered to secondary students?

• Need to know what skills and training tools, resources and information products are available?

• Like to see where innovative and quality training meets industry needs?

This event will be an informative day filled with a selection of workshop sessions and panel discussions which will provide participants with an in-depth overview of Australian Apprenticeships and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network, the Preparing Secondary Students for Work framework and its concepts as well as a demonstration of tools, resources and information products available to VET practitioners and students.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour Crown College and its facilities including the purpose-built Culinarium and its award winning training kitchen and restaurant.

Your complimentary registration can be booked online.

The event will take place at the Crown Metropol Melbourne on Wednesday 25 May 2016.


NCVER Update

VOCEDplus statistical resources page

Looking for past releases of NCVER's vocational education and training statistics? You can find them in VOCEDplus, the free international tertiary education research database. The VOCEDplus statistical resources page provides quick access to archived releases as well as links to current data on NCVER's Portal

The page also contains links to key international statistical resources and organisation.

NCVER - Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth

Welcome to Life by Numbers. Using your results from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), we take a look at what life was typically like when you were aged 15 and 18, to what you're experiencing now that you're in your early 20s.

For further information please visit


New and improved website

Last week the Victorian Government released the new, improved website

Finding the right information for your business has never been easier.

What has changed?

The new site has less clutter, clearer content and features to help you find business information quickly and easily.

The new website includes:

• a clean, user tested design

• an easier  way to find Grants & Assistance, Events and Advisory Services relevant to you

• user-friendly icons to help you quickly spot the information relevant to your business.



Updated WHS Codes of Practice

On 1 April 2016, the 23 codes of practice made under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) were revoked and revised as separate instruments. As the codes are admissible in court proceedings as evidence of whether or not a duty or obligation under the WHS Act has been complied with, businesses in the relevant jurisdictions should ensure that their safety management systems are up to date with these codes.

The codes of practice, developed by Safe Work Australia, are practical guides to achieving the standards required under the WHS Act. The 23 codes are:

• Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work (revised and updated)

• Hazardous Manual Tasks (revised and updated)

• Confined Spaces (revised and updated)

• Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces (revised and updated)

• Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals (revised and updated)

• Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals (revised and updated)

• How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace (revised and updated)

• How to Safely Remove Asbestos (revised and updated)

• First Aid in the Workplace (revised and updated)

• Construction Work (revised and updated)

• Preventing Falls in Housing Construction (revised and updated)

• Managing Electrical Risks at the Workplace (revised and updated)

• Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace (revised and updated)

• Welding Processes (revised and updated)

• Excavation Work (revised and updated)

• Demolition Work (revised and updated)

• Spray Painting and Powder Coating (revised and updated)

• How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks

• Managing the Work Environment and Facilities

• Work Health and Safety Consultation, Co-operation and Co-ordination

• Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace

• Safe Design of Structures

• Abrasive Blasting

For more information please click here


Pre-Apprenticeship Course Finder (PCF) resource

The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service and Australian Apprenticeships Pathways websites provide industry, students, career advisers, job seekers, parents and employers easy access to apprenticeship and traineeship information and resources including the ‘Pre-apprenticeship Course Finder’ resource - and

The Pre-Apprenticeship Course finder resource can help jobseekers, students and their support networks to search for Pre-Apprenticeship and Pre-Vocational type courses which can provide them with recognised skills that can help lead to an apprenticeship or traineeship outcome. They can search by location, the industry they are interested in and whether the course offers work experience.


Group Training Organisations delivering pre-apprenticeship type courses can access this free resource to promote their courses directly to people looking for apprenticeships and traineeships as the AAT Information websites are heavily used by jobseekers, students and their support networks, who are looking specifically for Australian Apprenticeships information.

This resource allows course providers to upload course information which will then be searchable by location and major industry categories by potential participants and their support service providers.

GTOs interested in accessing this resource should contact the Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service on 1800 338 022 or email Andrew Robson:


The Needanapprentice website currently has 12 job ads and 18 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