AE News - Volume 9, Issue 26

Tuesday, 28th 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             

Registration close on Friday 5 August.

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


Labor announce new shadow ministry cabinet

On Saturday this week the Labor government announced their new shadow cabinet ministry.

Key changes include:

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has moved from foreign affairs into the education portfolio, with Labor MPs Andrew Giles and Terri Butler as shadow assistant ministers for schools and universities respectively, and Kate Ellis as vocational education and early childhood education spokeswoman.

Mr Shorten dubbed the changes as the "education dream team" and said the portfolio would be a key battleground in the next parliament.

Ms Plibersek said she was keen to embrace her new role.

"Education has always been a passion of mine,”

"It is one of those areas that really makes an incredible difference to individual lives.

"It really is the key to our economic prosperity in the future," Ms Plibersek said.

South Australian MP Kate Ellis will hold a shadow cabinet portfolio taking in early childhood education and development, TAFE and vocational education

For further information please visit


Cast a vote for Victorian Apprentice of the Year

Victorians are being encouraged to show their support for hardworking apprentices by casting a vote for the Community Choice Award at this year’s Victorian Training Awards.

Now in its second year, the award is a public vote and Victorians are being asked to get behind their favourite apprentice. The four apprentices who are shortlisted for this year’s Community Choice Award are:

• Apprentice electrician Elliott Grayling, who trained at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

• Apprentice carpenter Steven Jeffery, who trained at Swinburne University of Technology

• Apprentice shop-fitter Danielle Kazi-Shedden, who trained at Chisholm Institute

• Apprentice carpenter Paul Saynor, who trained at Holmesglen Institute

The apprentice with the highest number of votes will win $2000, a MacBook and a software package. A random voter will also have the chance to win an iPad Air 2.

You can cast a vote at

Voting closes on Friday, 26 August, at 7.45pm.

For further information please visit

Ticket sales have also opened for the awards night being held on Friday 26 August. For further information on tickets please visit


NCVER Update

A number of reports have been released recently by NCVER on total VET activity for 2015.


Total VET activity (TVA): second report released

The second release of total vocational education and training (VET) data shows there were an estimated 4.5 million students enrolled in training in 2015. The data provides an estimate of the nature and extent of training reported by 4277 Australian training providers and builds on last year’s release which marked a turning point for the VET sector following the introduction of mandatory reporting of training activity.

Total VET students and courses 2015


TVA infographics, data visualisations, and fact sheets

NCVER has developed a range of products so you can access the level of data you need, from high-level numbers in the infographic and the data visualisations which provide a snapshot of training activity, to in-depth information in fact sheets and detailed data tables. And, for advanced users, you can build data tables using VOCSTATS, a popular online, interactive tool.

Total VET activity data products


Is Australia’s training sector fit for purpose?

New research, based on the last year’s release of total VET activity data and training provider registration data, tracks the development of the Australia’s training market in the context of significant policy changes and increased competition for government funds. It finds systemic changes have not driven major changes in provider numbers and the sector includes small to very large providers, raising the question of whether its structure is optimal for current and future skills needs.

VET provider market structures: history, growth and change


Data on total investment in VET

Investment in VET comes from many sources including governments, industry and students but only direct investment by governments is currently collected. This report investigates how other sources of investment can be collected and how viable each would be.

Data on total investment in VET: what should be collected


Reminder – Vicroads half price car rego for apprentices

A quick reminder that eligible trade apprentices can save on their vehicle registration from 1 January 2016 as part of a Victorian Government commitment. They will be able to apply to VicRoads for a 50 per cent discount on their vehicle's registration fee and Transport Accident Charge, a saving of up to $385.70.   

Bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians and plumbers are among those who may be eligible for a discount. Not all apprentices are covered by the discount registration scheme.

Apprentices will need to provide their VRQA registration number, vehicle registration number and driver license number to apply.

Apprentices can check their eligibility and apply online at VicRoads after receiving their renewal notice.

Applicants will need to allow seven days for their application to be processed. 

Eligible qualifications                           

To be eligible to access the discount, trade apprentices must be enrolled in an approved qualification in one of the following areas. The full list of eligible qualifications (docx - 26.68kb) is available from VRQA. 


For further information please visit the vicroads website.


VRQA - A new group training regulatory system

Victorian Group Training Organisations are now regulated under new arrangements that commenced on 1 July 2016.

The VRQA and the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) are now working together to co-regulate Victorian group training organisations (GTOs).

Each GTO will self-assess their compliance annually, through a survey administered by the AEN. This information will then be provided to the VRQA who will determine which organisations require further audit using a risk-based approach. All new applications will go through this self-assessment and review process.

The VRQA will make all decisions on new applications and on renewal, cancellation and suspensions of GTOs. In an Australian-first, the Victorian system will adopt the revised national GTO standards.

Information on these changes will be available soon on the VRQA website. In the meantime, if you would like to know more, contact Chris Ingham, Executive Manager, Apprenticeships and Traineeships at

Escalier will also be hosting a meeting to discuss the national GTO standards evidence guide at AEN on Wednesday 10 August. 


The Needanapprentice website currently has 8 job ads and 8 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