AE News - Volume 9, Issue 24

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

11 AUGUST       - Field Officers Conference

7  SEPTEMBER  - OH&S Network

10 OCTOBER  - GTO Managers Network


Joint Victorian & South Australian Field Officers Conference

Registrations have opened for our 2016 Field Officers conference being held on 11 & 12 August at the Melbourne Polytechnic conference centre in Preston.

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 next Friday.

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


Finalists Announced For the 2016 Victorian Training Awards

On Tuesday morning this week the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert announced the finalists in this year’s Victorian Training Awards.

The awards recognise the achievements of students, trainees and apprentices and the teachers, schools and businesses who provide their training.

There are 15 categories this year, ranging from school-based apprentices to Vocational Education and Training teacher/trainer of the year, as well as recognition of the industry providers and the employers who support the skills development and training of their staff.

Regional areas feature prominently among the list of finalists, with representatives in ten of the 15 categories, and from areas like Swan Hill, Ballarat, Bendigo and Mildura.
The awards will be presented on Friday 26 August. All individual category winners will become finalists in the Australian Training Awards.


Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year
•    James Schifferle (Cert III in Information, Digital Media & Technology – Swan Hill College)
•    James Cox (Cert III in Agriculture – Tintern Grammar)
•    Campbell Spittle (Cert III in Agriculture – St Patrick’s College, Ballarat)
•    Ethan Guest (Cert III in Civil Construction – Heathmont College)

Victorian Trainee of the Year
•    David Cooper (Cert III in Tourism – Crown College)
•    Kristen Houghton (Cert III in Business – Integrity Business College)
•    Kayla Reidy (Cert III in Business Administration – Western Business School)
•    Natalie Bongailas (Cert III in Retail Operations – McDonald’s Australia)

Victorian Apprentice of the Year
•    Steven Jeffery (Cert III in Carpentry – Swinburne University of Technology)
•    Paul Saynor (Cert III in Carpentry – Holmesglen Institute)
•    Danielle Kazi-Shedden – (Cert III in Shopfitting – Chisholm Institute)
•    Elliott Grayling (Cert III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) – Sunraysia Institute of TAFE)

Victorian Koorie Student of the Year – proudly supported by Crown Melbourne Ltd
•    Indi Clarke (Cert IV in Business – Sunraysia Institute of TAFE)
•    Nazeree Dickerson (Cert IV in Community Services Work – Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limted)
•    Jacob Cooke-Harrison (Cert III in Painting and Decorating – Murray Mallee Training Company)
•    Tracy Mollison (Cert IV in Horticulture – Sunraysia Institute of TAFE)

Victorian Vocational Student of the Year – proudly supported by Metro Trains Melbourne
•    Glenn Halupka (Advanced Diploma of Engineering – Mechanical - RMIT)
•    Amanda Gharib (Cert II in Business – Kangan Institute)
•    Jennifer Peart (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing – The Gordon Institute of TAFE)
•    Brendan Key (Diploma of Enrolled Nursing – Bendigo TAFE)

Victorian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year – proudly supported by Victorian TAFE Association
•    Denielle Beardmore (Director Clinical Education and Practice Development Teacher - Ballarat Health
•    Marc Nichol ( Events and Tourism Teacher - Holmesglen)
•    Luke Perry (Automotive Training Advisor - Bendigo Kangan TAFE)

Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award
•    Bendigo Senior Secondary College
•    Moorabbin Flying Services
•    Sandringham College

Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award
•    Geraldine Lewis – Federation University Australia
•    The Bubble Student Advisory Team – Federation Training
•    BlendED Project Team Education Development – The Gordon Institute of TAFE

Victorian Industry Collaboration Award
•    Metricon Homes (RMIT, Master Builders Association & Metricon)
•    West Gippsland Trade Training Centre Alliance (Apprenticeships Group Australia & West Gippsland Trade Training Alliance)
•    Victoria Polytechnic – Western Health Collaboration (Victoria University & Western Health)

Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year
•    Health Careers International
•    Master Builders Association of Victoria
•    Encompass Community Services

Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year

•    Box Hill Institute Group
•    Bendigo Kangan Institute
•    Federation University Australia

Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development – proudly supported by Apprenticeship Employment Network

•    Metro Trains Melbourne
•    MaxiTRANS
•    Bayford and AGA (joint nomination)

Victorian Community Training Provider of the Year – proudly supported by ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education)

•    Kensington Neighborhood House
•    Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education
•    Paynesville Neighborhood House

Congratulations to all the finalists, and best of luck to AEN members, AGA and MMTC.

For further information please visit


Victorian Governments Back to Work Fund – closes Monday 18 July.

As many of you would have seen the Victorian Government recently announced that the back to work program will cease from Monday 18 July (next Monday).

I have spoken with the department a few times this week to seek clarification on a few items

  1. The auto transition workers funding of $10m will remain
  2. There will be funding available also for dairy farmers (further information to come over the next week or so) (the website states $15m all up will be set aside for auto and dairy industries)

Please register your current claims ASAP – closing date next Monday 18 July.

For further information please visit

To view the media press release please visit



World Youth Skills Day was on July 15th highlighting “Skill development as a primary means to enabling young people to make a smooth transition into the world of work”, states UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

With only 50 days until the launch of National Skills Week in Melbourne, this event shone a spotlight on the need to fill gaps in sectors with skill shortages and celebrate the important role Australian youth play in a number of traditional and emerging industries.

National Skills Week focuses on promoting the benefits of Vocational Education and Training as a first choice pathway leading to a successful skilled or trade career. “The VET sector is at the forefront of providing practical training to students with courses delivered and lead by world-class teachers, mentors and ambassadors” Kirstin Casey, General Manager, SkillsOne has said.

Ambassadors are particularly beneficial in impacting the lives of Australia’s youth, providing an example of just where hard work and dedication to your studies, trade or apprenticeship can take you.

It’s time to recognise the important role VET plays in developing young skilled professionals, who go on to make a positive impact across industries nation wide.
Join skillone in celebrating these positive stories during National Skills Week, (August 29th- September 04th 2016). For more information on the many events you can get involved in, or to register an event visit


ASQA Update

Resources from Briefing Sessions

The slides from these sessions are now available as a PDF or for viewing via SlideShare.

• ASQA Stakeholder Briefings 2016 (PDF 1MB)

• ASQA Course Accreditation Briefings 2016 (PDF 2.7MB)

• ASQA Training Provider Briefings 2016 (PDF 2.3MB)

Video recordings of the Training Provider Briefing webcast and Course Accreditation Briefing webcast are now available on ASQA’s YouTube channel.

Update on ASQA’s targeted audits of VET FEE-HELP providers

In 2014, ASQA recorded an increase in complaints with a VET FEE-HELP component. In order to address what appeared to be a systemic issue with certain approved VET FEE-HELP providers, ASQA initiated a project that included targeted audit of 21 RTOs (registered training organisations) that were also registered as VET FEE-HELP providers.

New information published for RTOs and CRICOS providers

ASQA has recently published three new fact sheets:

• Providing quality training and assessment to students with disability

• Monitoring and reporting on overseas students’ attendance (for CRICOS providers)

• Monitoring and reporting on overseas students’ course progress (for CRICOS providers).

The fact sheet Using other parties to collect evidence has also been updated.

Appointment of new Commissioner

The Australian Skills Quality Authority welcomes the appointment of Mark Paterson AO as its Commissioner for Regulatory Operations. Mr Paterson is based in ASQA’s Sydney office. Mr Paterson joins the Chief Commissioner and the Commissioner, Risk Intelligence and Regulatory Support, Professor Michael Lavarch AO, as the authority’s three statutory officers.

ASQA Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Robinson, said Mr Paterson’s government and industry experience will further enhance the authority’s regulation of the vocational education and training sector.  


ASQA to launch two new national strategic reviews

ASQA will undertake two further national strategic reviews in 2016-17.

The first will be a review into the duration of training across the Australian vocational education and training sector, which follows serious concerns being raised about very short courses.

The second will be a continuing focus on some providers approved to offer courses under the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP program.


For further information on ASQA activities and events please visit


Redkite and Coles – dare to dream scholarships – nominations are now open

Cancer shouldn’t mean the end of personal goals and ambition.

If you’re 15 to 24 and have cancer, or you’re a cancer survivor, the Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarships are your chance to say what your dream is, how cancer got in the way, and how a scholarship or grant could help you make it happen.
“After cancer, it's exactly the kind of kick start I needed to help make my lifelong dream become a reality,” said 2015 national winner Tristian.

 If you're 15-24 and have been diagnosed with cancer at any age, you can access education and career support year round. There is also information on managing study, work and finances throughout your cancer journey.  

For further information please visit



AEN have engaged BullyZero to deliver a Workplace Bullying Prevention workshop to staff of member GTOs.

Some of the topics covered are:

·         What is bullying and what are its impact on the worker and the workplace

·         Different forms of bullying

·         Relevant legislation and the Legal responsibilities of workers and employers

·         Strategies to respond and manage bullying


The details of the workshop are provided below:

Date and time:          Wednesday 28th September from 9.30am – 1.00pm

Location:                   AEN Office, Level 3, 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002


For more information please download the flyer here and if interested register by emailing the Registration form to



AEN is offering the Certificate IV in WHS as Professional Development to GTO staff. The training will be provided by the Holmesglen Institute as a combination of targeted workshops, on the job delivery and project based learning followed by one-on-one support through coaching and mentoring.
The course is available to staff who need to upgrade from the old BSB41407 Cert IV in OHS or to staff who need to do the entire qualification. (Holmesglen have a number of places for our staff that are fully VTG exempt so you will only need to pay the “enrolment fees” which is a very generous offer from Holmesglen).

The proposed dates for the face-to-face training are:
Full Qualification
23 – 24 August: a block of 2 full days covering 3 units
23 September: full day covering one unit
13 October: full day covering one unit
4 November: full day covering one unit

Upgrade from BSB41407 Cert IV in OHS
24 August: a full day covering 1 unit
23 September: full day covering one unit
13 October: full day covering one unit

The rest of the training and assessment for both options will be completed at each individual’s workplace and on-line.

Course fees are:      Full Qualification - $900 + GST
                                Upgrade - $400 + GST

Expressions of interest close: 29 July 2016

For more information please follow the links to the relevant flyer.
Full qualification



The Needanapprentice website currently has 4 job ads and 10 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