AE News - Volume 9, Issue 25

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

11 AUGUST        - Field Officers Conference

7  SEPTEMBER  - OH&S Network

11 OCTOBER     - GTO Managers Network


Joint Victorian & South Australian Field Officers Conference

Registrations are open 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 today.

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


Turnbull Government announces new cabinet

On Tuesday morning this week the Turnbull government announced its new look cabinet.

Minister Simon Birmingham will stay as Minister for Education and Training

With a new Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills - Karen Andrews.

We look forward to working with them both to improve vocational education & apprenticeship outcomes.

Other changes include:

• The Turnbull Government will no longer have a sole Environment Minister, with Josh Frydenberg taking on the expanded Environment and Energy portfolio.

• Greg Hunt will move to Industry, Innovation and Science.

• Former Industry, Innovation and Science minister Christopher Pyne will be appointed to the new role of Minister for Defence Industry, within the Defence portfolio.

• Deputy Nationals Leader Senator Fiona Nash will add Local Government and Territories to her regional development role,

• Kelly O'Dwyer's title will change to Minister for Revenue and Financial Services.

• Paul Fletcher will become the Minister for Urban Infrastructure

• Senator Scott Ryan will become Special Minister of State in the Finance portfolio

• Dan Tehan will become the Minister for Defence Personnel, in conjunction with his ongoing role as Minister for Veterans Affairs.

• Mr Tehan will also take on the new role of Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security.

• Michael McCormack will become the Minister for Small Business, in the Treasury portfolio.

The new appointments as Assistant Ministers include:

• Luke Hartsuyker will be Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister;

• Senator Zed Seselja will be Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs;

• Dr David Gillespie will be Assistant Minister for Rural Health, a responsibility previously held directly by Senator Nash

• Karen Andrews will become the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.

• Alex Hawke will become the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

• Keith Pitt will become the Assistant Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism.

• Craig Laundy will become the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

Other than these changes, all other Cabinet Ministers, Ministers and Assistant Ministers will continue in their current roles.

For a full list of Ministers please visit

For further information on Minister Simon Birmingham as Minister for Education and Training

For further information please click here


National Skills Week - 29th August to the 4th of September 2016

It is that time of the year again where students, jobseekers and the wider public can explore and learn about career pathways focusing on practical and vocational training through National Skills Week.

National Skills Week will be running from 29th of August to the 4th of September 2016. 

For information about events running during the week or to have your events listed, please visit


NCVER Update

Vulnerable workers and occupational mobility

Transferable skills are increasingly important for occupational mobility and securing employment in a changing labour market. Register for the free webinar on 11 August to hear how workers who are facing redundancy or who have been made redundant understand the importance of transferable skills and seek to apply them in finding new jobs and/or making choices to retrain.

More information and to register

RTO survey: improving student participation and success

Staff at TAFE, skills institutes, polytechnics, private RTOs and community RTOs are invited to take part in a short online survey that aims to identify policies and practices that are most effective in improving student progress and outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged groups.

This national survey is being conducted as part of a research project commissioned by NCVER and undertaken by the Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) at Victoria University. Responses will be used to build a national database of strategies and initiatives used by RTOs to support students, in particular students belonging to key equity groups.

Take the survey now

Fewer people in government-funded training

The number of people enrolled in government-funded training declined 10.7% to 1.6 million students in 2015 compared with 2014. Of these students, 1.2 million were Commonwealth or state-funded students with the remainder fee-for-service students at TAFE and other government providers. If you’re after a snapshot of this data, visit the infographic!

Government-funded students and courses 2015

Government-funded students and courses 2015: infographic


ACNA Update

Ask ACNC: free events for charities across Australia
Beginning in August 2016, 26 Ask ACNC sessions will be held across the country.

Ask ACNC will feature a presentation by a senior ACNC executive and a Q and A session.
Attendees can expect:
•    An update on the sector
•    Important information to help charities meet ACNC obligations
•    Future areas of focus for the ACNC, for example financial reporting and governance
•    Basic financial training, with a focus on avoiding common reporting errors

Session in Victoria
Geelong                            Friday 19 August                
Wodonga                          Monday 22 August    
Melbourne – Braybrook    Tuesday 23 August    
Melbourne –  Box Hill       Tuesday 13 September    
Melbourne  –  CBD           Friday 16 September    
Bendigo                            Tuesday 04 October    

It's free for charities to attend. To find a local event and to register please use the link below
Register at

Public Trust and Confidence research report
Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine's research into sustaining trust and confidence in Australia's charities has recently been published. The report concluded that transparency and accountability are powerful tools in developing and maintaining public trust and confidence.
You can read the full report, titled Lead or be left behind, by clicking the link below.
Full report available at


The Needanapprentice website currently has 4 job ads and 11 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