AE News - Volume 9, Issue 23

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

11 AUGUST       - Field Officers Conference

7  SEPTEMBER  - OH&S Network

10 OCTOBER  - GTO Managers Network


NAIDOC Week 3-10 July

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself

We encourage everyone to find out more about local events and to assist in celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


For further information, and to find out how you can participate in local events please visit


NSW government supports GTO funding for 3 years

On Monday morning this week the NSW Minister for Skills Hon. John Barilaro praised the work of GTOs, saying they helped improve industry skills and student completion rates by managing the employment and training of apprentices and trainees.

“GTOs link apprentices and trainees to appropriate on the job training and offer support and mentoring throughout the training. This helps apprentices and trainees get a good start and to finish their training while greatly improving skill outcomes,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Whether it be a change of heart about career direction, taking on training before they’re ready or other circumstances, too many apprentices and trainees are starting training only to stop somewhere along the way.

“GTOs do a great job of making sure young people are suited and ready for training, placing them with employers as apprentices and trainees, and providing support along the way.

Further details on the funding will be available shortly through the NSW GTO Association


Joint Victorian & South Australian Field Officers Conference

Save the date Thursday 11 & Friday 12 August

Melbourne Polytechnic Conference Centre  – Cramer Street Preston

Online registrations have now opened

This year’s event promises to be jam packed with a range of presentations and workshops. We are pleased to run this years event jointly with group training association of SA.

Members can also send additional staff to specific workshops

• Leadership and Team building

• First aid refresher

• Mental Health first aid             

Early bird registrations close 22 July.

For further information and to register please visit the Events Calendar and select the Field Officers Conference.


NCVER Update

Apprenticeships and vocations: assessing the impact of research on policy and practice

Is the number of new tradies stabilising?

Overall 171 200 people started an apprenticeship or traineeship in 2015, 10.1% fewer than in 2014, but trade commencements showed signs of stabilising at year’s end according to the December 2015 quarter data. Over the year (2015), there were 0.3% more trade commencements than in 2014.


Worldskills Australia Update

Announcement of new CEO.

The Board of Directors of WorldSkills Australia this week announced the appointment of Brett Judd as the new Chief Executive Officer of WorldSkills Australia.

"We are delighted to welcome Brett Judd to WorldSkills Australia,” says Chair Brian Wexham.  “Brett brings a wealth of commercial experience and business acumen that will ensure WorldSkills Australia continues to provide leadership to drive the skills and vocational education agenda in Australia."

For further information please click here.

Skills Village – National Worldskills Competition 6-8 October

The inaugural Skills Village is a dedicated careers expo coinciding with the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne 6-8 October, bringing tertiary institutions, training organisations, employers, TAFE providers and students together to showcase the exciting opportunities that exist in vocational education and training.

Located within the engaging, dedicated skills hub of Hall 8 – the main drop off and pick up point for all registered school groups – the Skills Village will present organisations with a prime opportunity to capture the attention of more than 40,000 students and families over three days.

Promote your courses, services, employment pathways and more. Demonstrate or showcase your skill by hosting a Try’aSkill stand.

Exhibitor and Try’aSkill stands are available for purchase in a range of sizes. Only 90 stands are available, so join leading organisations like RMIT University, Box Hill Institute, VACC and the Apprenticeship Employment Network and purchase your spot today!


Changes under the Building Act occur on 4 July

The Victorian Government has made changes to the VBA’s powers and functions under the Building Act 1993.
If you are a building practitioner, building surveyor or owner-builder, some of these changes may affect your obligations under the law.
The first set of changes comes into effect on 4 July 2016. They include:

•    the extension of the VBA’s inspection powers to owner-built sites
•    new offences for undertaking work without a building permit
•    changes to powers to issue directions, notices and orders
•    a requirement on private building surveyors not to act where there is a conflict of interest
•    provision of a checklist for use by relevant building surveyors lodging building permits to councils

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 3 job ads and 13 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