AE News - Volume 9, Issue 20

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

8 JUNE - OH&S Network

16-17 JUNE - AEN Mid Year Conference

11 AUGUST - Field Officers Conference


Australian Government and OECD Workshop: Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century

On Thursday and Friday this week, there was a joint Australian Government and OECD Workshop on: Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century held in Adelaide.

Dean Luciani AEN Chair and CEO of Westvic staffing solutions was part of one of the panel discussions on “helping employer engage with young people and career guidance”

The workshop is aimed to bring together industry, government and vocational education experts from across Australia and around the world to discuss and provide insights on current international and national research on engaging employers in skills development and work-based learning.

The workshop is part of a joint OECD and Australian Government initiative that aims to identify best practices and support the development of strategies to more effectively engage employers in the design and provision of employment and skills programmes.

The OECD has a substantial amount of research and policy on skills development from around the world.  

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Victorian Technical and Further Education Institutes 2015 report

A new report from the Victorian Auditor General has revealed that the Government’s investment in TAFE has seen our public institutes finances post their strongest results in years.

The VAGO: Technical and Further Education Institutes 2015 report, tabled in State Parliament recently, shows TAFEs and their subsidiaries recorded a combined surplus of $37.2 million compared to a deficit of $83.1 million in 2014.

The Auditor General also found there had been a significant turnaround from the prior two financial years, when the TAFEs posted large combined net deficits.

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Last Chance to Register for our Mid-Year Conference

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

Registration Closes on 06/06/2016


Annual Wage Review Decision

On Tuesday this week, the Fair Work Commission announced its annual wage review decision adjusting award rates and the federal adult minimum wage by 2.4% effective from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2016. This brings the national minimum wage for adults to $672.70 per week or $17.70 per hour.  The award rates for employees covered by modern awards will be  increased by 2.4%. This includes increases for apprentices and trainees.  The trade rate or relevant adult rate to which the apprentice percentages are applied will be increased by 2.4% leading to an increase in apprenticeship wages.

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A gentle reminder that if you need assistance with industrial relations / award / payrates etc… the AEN provides a service through worksight.


P-TECH schools announcement

On Monday morning this week the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that if re-elected he would support additional P-TECH schools.

“Australia is at a pivotal crossroads where equipping young people with 21st Century Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is a now a national imperative. It makes sense to expand a model that has received broad interest from educators, communities and most importantly students in the initial pilot sites” said Skilling Australia Chairman, Mr Frederick Maddern OBE.

In order to have young people entering the labour market with the capability to meet the growing demand for skilled workers, we need to increase the number of students undertaking STEM studies in senior secondary school, and then in post-secondary education and training. “Globalisation, economic reforms and technological change are re shaping the nature of work and the types of jobs that will be available in the future – and STEM skills will play a major role” Mr Maddern said.

In the 2 pilot schools already up and running, students are being provided opportunities to engage with the world of work and better understand the relevance of their learning.

The P-TECH model was designed around collaboration and partnerships to expand opportunities for young people. “Existing partnerships in Geelong and Ballarat between schools and industry are already delivering learning experiences that would not be possible if schools, or industry, acted in isolation – and this improves a young person’s prospects of employment” Mr Maddern said

The first 2 Australian pilots in Geelong and Ballarat commenced in January 2016 and have attracted strong interest from local students wanting to explore meaningful and relevant career pathways.  These initial sites are supported by employer partners in Geelong including Barwon Health, GMHBA, Bendigo Bank, Opteon and Tribal Campus. IBM, who co founded the first US P-Tech school in 2011 is also the industry partner in Ballarat, Victoria.

A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will invest $4.6 million for 12 new pilot sites for a programme designed to improve employment outcomes for students, and deliver stronger results in STEM performance, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH).

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For the media release please click here


Entries for the WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2016 are now open!

The WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2016 are a chance to acknowledge and celebrate organisations and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in health and safety and wellbeing or return to work. This year there are nine Award categories, including a new category for excellence in manual handling.

• Health and Safety Representative of the Year 

• Health and Safety Invention of the Year 

• Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue 

• Occupational Health and Safety Achievement Award 

• Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing

• Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue (New in 2016) 

• Employer Excellence in Return to Work 

• Return to Work Coordinator Excellence

• Worker Return to Work Achievement Award 

Please Visit the 2016 WorkSafe Awards website for further details

Entries close Thursday 30 June 2016.


Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards – nominations are now open

Is your business leading the way in sustainable practices? If so, you should think about applying for the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

The Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise Victorian businesses that have:

• Adopted sustainable measures in their business

• Minimised their environmental footprint.

Winners of the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards can:

• have their status promoted to customers, media and the local community throughout Victoria

• receive public recognition for their sustainability

• network with key environmental, industry and government groups.

Visit the Premier’s Sustainability Awards website for information about:

• the award categories open to businesses

• information sessions to help you write a competitive entry

Entries for the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards close Monday 27 June 2016.

For further information please visit


National Construction Code 2016 adopted nationally on 1 May 2016

On 1 May 2016, the National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 came into operation across all Australian States and Territories.

The NCC 2016 sets the minimum requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings throughout Australia. Building and plumbing practitioners are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the NCC 2016 and the latest amendments to the code, which is available on the ABCB website.

NCC 2016 online presentations

The Victorian Building Authority is hosting a series of seminars on the updated NCC -  The NCC 2016 online presentations provide comprehensive information on amendments in the NCC 2016 Volume one, Volume two and Reference Standards. The online presentation is available on the VBA website.

New seminar added to series

Due to demand, the VBA will be holding an additional building seminar in Horsham on 8 June 2016. Limited places are available for the final seminars in Traralgon, Mildura and Wangaratta. Register here.

If you were unable to attend the seminar series, you can still watch the online presentations and email any questions to


NVCER Expansion of the VOCEDplus Pod Network

The VOCEDplus Pod Network is an online resource aimed at providing easy access to quality, theme-based research. NCVER research, events, new publications, and links to VOCEDplus searches on topical or key issues are presented in pages called Pods. In May, the Pod Network has expanded with the release of the following:

• Career Development and Career Guidance

• Technology and Online learning

Stay tuned for the release of more Pods over the next two months on:

• Migration

• Sustainability

• Equity

• Students

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The Needanapprentice website currently has 12 job ads and 17 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