AE News - Volume 9, Issue 19

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

8 JUNE - OH&S Network

16-17 JUNE - AEN Mid Year Conference

11 AUGUST - Field Officers Conference


Reconciliation Week

 Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey.

27 May —Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census

3 June—Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

2016 is particularly momentous, with Reconciliation Australia celebrating a number of anniversaries—including 25 years of formal reconciliation in Australia with the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 1991. It is also 15 years since Reconciliation Australia was formed and 10 years of success in its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program.

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Victorian Government announces changes to cabinet

On Monday this week the Andrews government announced a few changes to it's cabinet.

Mr Wade Noonan has been sworn in as the new Industry, Employment and Resources Minister following the cabinet reshuffle, with Lisa Neville to become the first woman to serve as police minister.
Training and Skills Minister Steve Herbert will now also handle the Corrections Victoria portfolio.

Lily D'Ambrosio will take on the Environment and Climate Change ministry
Jacinta Allan keeps Transport but loses her Employment portfolio for Major Projects

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Mid Year Conference - It's not too late to register!

Registrations are still 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

Full program details are available here


Worksafe Victoria – Update

Worksafe Victoria has recently updated a number of sections on their website and programs including;

Back to work guidelines

Victorian Workplace mental wellbeing

Victorian workers spend around one third of their time in the workplace and workplaces can have a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of workers. The work environment can provide a positive sense of community and connection with others, as well as build self-esteem and provide recognition and rewards for individual workers and teams which can drive productivity and positive organisational culture.

With a shared focus and interest in workplace mental wellbeing and the connection to workplaces, the Collaboration will extend each organisation’s existing work, and harness our collective expertise and reach to deliver a range of activities


Enhanced compliance audit process for targeted audits of VET FEE-HELP providers in 2016

The recent announcements of ASQA’s strategic reviews for 2016-17 and its 2016-17 Regulatory Strategy identifies learner protection, particularly by VET FEE-HELP providers, as one of the three target areas where ASQA will be directing its resources in the coming year. In line with this, ASQA’s audits of VET FEE-HELP providers will include examining individual student experiences (from pre-enrolment to completion).

ASQA will be adopting a revised methodology in conducting compliance audits of VET FEE-HELP providers from 2016. This change means that, depending on the findings arising from a compliance audit of a VET FEE-HELP provider, ASQA may decide to ‘finalise’ the audit process and immediately begin the process for making a formal decision about the provider’s registration. 

Up to this point, typically providers are given 20 working days to rectify issues identified during the audit process and provide evidence of this rectification to ASQA before the audit is finalised. If ASQA believed a sanction was warranted following this first rectification opportunity, then a “notice of intention” process provided a second opportunity to provide rectification evidence.

Going forward, depending on the level of risk and the seriousness of concerns identified, an RTO may no longer be provided with two opportunities to submit rectification evidence before ASQA finalised its decision making process. 
In these circumstances, the RTO will still be afforded natural justice through the notice of intention process under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (the NVR Act).  Under these provisions, the RTO is given a written notice stating that ASQA intends to make a decision and inviting the RTO to give a written response, which ASQA must consider before making a decision. The change will, in essence, give the RTO a single opportunity to respond to the audit findings prior to a regulatory decision being made, which is akin to the audit process used by ASQA when considering an application (e.g. an application to renew registration) from a provider. 

For more information

• Report on targeted audits of VET FEE-HELP providers (October 2015)

• Update on targeted audits of VET FEE-HELP providers (November 2015) 

• ASQA to launch two new national strategic reviews

• ASQA’s 2016-17 Regulatory Strategy


The New 2016/17 Entertainment membership is now available.

Apprenticeship Employment Network would like to thank you for supporting our Entertainment™ fundraiser in 2015. Your 2015 | 2016 Entertainment™ Membership will expire on 1 June, 2016. Please continue to support us by buying a new Membership today! 


Now is the time to purchase your NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Book or Digital Membership. Enjoy over $20,000 worth of valuable up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for some of the best local restaurants, café, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and more, valid immediately!

The more Entertainment Memberships we sell, the more funds we raise to support the Bully Zero foundation. 
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