AE News - Volume 9, Issue 21

Monday, 27th May 2019

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Victorian Department of Education: Update

In late May the Government announced that a new investigations unit will be established to target rogue training providers.

The unit, headed by a former Victorian Ombudsman Principal Investigator, will conduct targeted and detailed investigations into unscrupulous training providers to restore student and industry confidence to the sector.

The team will add to the Department’s capability to expose poor quality providers to ensure qualifications are meeting industry standards and making sure students are receiving the skills they need to do their job safely.

The new team is the Government's latest initiative to crackdown on unscrupulous training providers.

It will examine:

• Inappropriate low quality short course delivery

• The quality of the course delivery from training providers

• The suitability of a qualification for students and whether it leads to a job

• The marketing practices of training providers

• Suspected fraud and referal to relevant authorities

Since the Government’s quality blitz started in July 2015, 57 registered training providers have been identified for investigation, 15 training contracts have been terminated and $40 million earmarked for recovery.

The 2015 Training Market Report has revealed training providers who had their contract cancelled or who did not receive a 2016 contract, accounted for half of the total decline in course enrolments last year.​


National Disability Awards – nominations are now open

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the National Disability Awards.

The Awards are the Australian Government’s main celebration of the International Day of People with Disability, aiming to honor and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have improved the lives of Australians with disability and contributed to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians.

This year, nominations are being sought across eight categories that align to the key priority areas for action under the National Disability Strategy.

Nominations that provide evidence of community partnerships, accessible community design, improving participation for people with disability in all areas or in a specific area such as employment, education, health, housing, sports, arts and cultural events are encouraged.

For further information,

Nominations close 5PM AEST, Thursday 30 June 2016.


Insurance Update: Cyber facts

Did you know that...

60% of all cyber-attacks were targeted towards small to medium businesses.
700,000 Australian businesses have experienced cybercrime.
$276,323 is the average cost of a cyber incident in Australia.
Australia is the 5th most targeted country for cyber-attacks globally.

Policies start at $1,000

Some other interesting facts!!...
Some of the common events that can result in a cyber claim include:

• a hack attack

• a breach of privacy

• a lost or stolen iPad or laptop 

What does Cyber Liability and Privacy Protection Insurance cover?
Cyber Liability and Privacy Protection Insurance covers a business for the cyber exposures it faces from both third party claims (such as actions brought by the Privacy Commissioner, or clients suing for breach of privacy) and first party cover including Business Interruption and other expenses the Insured might incur as a result of a cyber-attack. The first party expenses an Insured might incur include, but are not limited to, costs to repair or restore its systems, credit monitoring services if data has been breached, and public relations expenses.
DUAL's Cyber Liability & Privacy Protection policy provides the following key elements of cover:

• Third Party Claims - covers the Insured's liability to third parties from a failure to keep data secure, such as claims for compensation by third parties, investigations, defence costs and fines and penalties from breaching the Privacy Act.

• First Party Costs - reimburses the Insured for the costs they would incur to respond to a breach, such as IT Forensic Costs, Credit Monitoring Costs, Public Relations Expenses and Cyber Extortion Costs (including ransom payments to hackers).

• Business Interruption - this section provides reimbursement for the Insured's loss of profits resulting from the breach, as well as any additional necessary expenses it may need to incur to continue business as usual

• Worldwide Territorial and Jurisdictional Coverage

Please email Jodi  Sharman if you would like a quote at

For further information please visit:


NCVER Publications

Cross-occupational skill transferability: challenges and opportunities in a changing economy
As economies change and industries are restructured, transferable skills are becoming increasingly important in assisting employees to move between occupations. This research identifies growing and declining occupations across Australia, assesses how the vocational education and training system cultivates transferable skills and explores how well workers facing retrenchment understand their transferable skills.

It is found that transferable skills perform an invaluable role in an employee's cross-occupational mobility. However, there is more that can be done to improve recognition of transferable skills, as well as the way they are developed in the training system and understood in the labour market.

Read the full article here

When one door closes: VET's role in helping displaced workers find jobs

This At a glance combines findings from NCVER-commissioned research looking at cross-occupational skill transferability, along with key points raised at the research forum 'When one door closes: VET's role in re-skilling displaced worker's' hosted by NCVER in November 2015. It highlights the current industries and occupations with displaced workers, and discusses the role of the vocational education and training sector in helping them to find new jobs.

The paper highlights opportunities to increase mobility between occupations, such as reconfiguring training packages, increasing awareness of transferable skills and improving knowledge of local labour markets.

Read the full article here


Nominations are now open for the Green Gown Awards

The annual Green Gown Awards Australasia, now in their seventh year, recognise those institutions, both large and small, that are championing sustainability. 2016 entries are now open to all Australasian tertiary education institutions, including universities, TAFE, Polytechnic and RTO’s, as well as third party organisations and multi partner teams with an institutional leader. With 11 categories to choose from, including 3 individual Awards, make this the year you apply!


Submission close at 4pm AEST on 13 July 2016

Visit the official website or contact for more information.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 14 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