AE News - Volume 9, Issue 27

Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Upcoming Events

11 AUGUST        - Field Officers Conference

7  SEPTEMBER  - OH&S Network

11 OCTOBER     - GTO Managers Network


NCVER Report

Beyond mentoring: social support structures for young Australian carpentry apprentices & Best Practice guide.

This week NCVER released a report, Beyond mentoring: social support structures for young Australian carpentry apprentices, which examines best practice across leading firms, including group training organisations, which achieve apprentice completion rates at around 90%, well above the industry average.

The findings demonstrate the importance of both formal and informal support structures for apprentices to maximise workplace learning and facilitate full and rounded participation in the trade.

Published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the report was prepared by John Buchanan, Catherine Raffaele, Nick Glozier and Aran Kanagaratnam from the University of Sydney.

The findings have been generated from eight case studies, including leading construction firms and four group training organisations in NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.

With growing recognition of the extent to which work, mental health and wellbeing intersect, it is important to understand the critical role effective apprenticeship support arrangements play in helping Australia's youth make the transition from school to work. This study considers how pastoral care, mentoring and other forms of social support contribute to apprenticeships. In particular, the forms of support provided to young carpentry apprentices by some of Australia's leading construction firms and training organisations were investigated. It finds the best and most effective support for mental health and wellbeing is informal. While these can be the most difficult forms of support to explicitly and formally nurture, the report and good practice guide offer ideas on how informal bases of support can be encouraged to flourish.

The key to supporting apprentices is a quality approach to vocational development, which both large and small organisations can foster by:

• Encouraging both formal and informal mentoring

• Valuing time for both on an off-the-job training

• Recognising that skills takes time to develop and require active nurturing on the job

• Placing high value on sharing skills and team work

• Respecting and placing importance on time for innovation

• Encouraging apprentices to tap into wider support networks.

For access to the report and best practice guide please visit

For the NCVER Media release please click here


12 Victorian Senators have been announced

Earlier this week the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) announced that the count for the election of twelve Senators for Victoria was completed.

The successful candidates for the twelve Senate vacancies for Victoria are (in order of their election):









Australian Labor Party


DI NATALE, Richard

The Greens


McKENZIE, Bridget

The Nationals


CONROY, Stephen Michael

Australian Labor Party


RYAN, Scott



COLLINS, Jacinta

Australian Labor Party






Australian Labor Party


HINCH, Derryn

Derryn Hinch's Justice Party


RICE, Janet

The Greens


HUME, Jane


For further information please visit


Victorian 9 Regional Partnership Committees Announced

On Thursday morning this week the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford launched the Government’s Regional Partnerships and congratulated the 80 community members who will be steering them.

The nine new Regional Partnerships have been established by the Victorian Government across the State to give regional communities greater say about what matters to them and ensure their voices reach the heart of government.

Partnerships will significantly increase collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and government to address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region.

Each Regional Partnership is guided by a diverse group of members drawn from local communities, businesses and the three-tiers of government.

Members will engage with their communities on priorities for their region, building on existing strategies and plans - harnessing the good ideas, the energy and the passion of locals.  Priorities will be presented directly to the Victorian Government’s Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee.

Congratulations to our members who have been named as part of their regional committees

For further information please visit


Premier press release


Record value of Victorian building work in 2015-16 Financial Year


If Victoria’s building and plumbing practitioners felt the past 12 months was a busy time for them and their industry, then the latest building permit data released by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) provides confirmation it was the case.

A record $31.5 billion of building work was reported to the VBA in the 2015-16 financial year, an increase of 12.3 per cent on the record $28 billion reported in 2014-15. The number of building permits lodged by building surveyors with the VBA over the 12 months was 110,069, the second highest number of building permits reported after the 113,669 in 2009-10.

For further information please visit

The VBA also announced recently that additional changes to the Building Act which will come into effect from 1 September this year.


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 at

For further information please visit the Vicroads website.


August - National Tradie Health Month

August is Tradie Health month – We encourage all apprentices to assist in raising the awareness of the importance of a healthy worker and worksite.

Be your workplace health champion. Don’t you want you and your mates to be safe on the job? You can do something about it.

The website has a range of resources available to download at the drop of a hard hat.

• Tradies health ‘snapshot’

• Posters for your workplace

• Fit for work

• Safe handling

For further information please visit


National GTO consultation on draft GTO standards and evidence guide

Victorian GTOs are invited to provide consultation on the draft consultation paper from Escalier Mclean regarding the proposed new GTO standards and evidence guide approach.

The goal is to achieve a nationally consistent set of Standards and Evidence guide pitched at a high level, with the AEN / VQRA self-assessment tool to then be available for Victoria GTOs to undertake an annual review of their operations against a series of questions etc…. in the self assessment tool, along with other VRQA financial viability assessments.

Victorian GTOs are invited to attend a meeting where you will have the opportunity to discuss the paper in greater detail.

Wednesday 10 August  - 10am – 12.00noon

Level 3 – 478 Albert Street East Melbourne.

Alternatively you can email through any thoughts to Adrian Stephens  at   draft paper can be viewed here.

Please RSVP to by Monday 8 August.


ANZ Seeds of Renewal

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, which has been running since 2002, demonstrates ANZ’s belief in vibrant, sustainable rural communities.

The program focuses specifically on supporting education and employment initiatives that support local economies in rural, regional and remote areas, with consideration given to projects that benefit communities with a population of fewer than 15,000 people.

Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits at least $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects focused on these areas.

This year Lenovo is again supporting the program, with donations of laptops and tablets to eligible community projects. This means community groups can apply for a funding grant or for IT equipment.

Examples of projects that could receive a grant include:

• Providing certified training courses at local community centres

• Supporting programs that help people to prepare for employment or return to education

• Supporting programs which help people to learn new skills and knowledge

• Developing micro-business or social enterprises which help to create employment


The 2016 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is now open.

Before applying, please read the Guidelines and Application Form carefully.

• 2016 ANZ Seeds of Renewal - Guidelines

• 2016 ANZ Seeds of Renewal - Application Form

Complete and return the application form, along with all the requested supporting documentation, by no later than 5pm on Friday, 26 August 2016


The Needanapprentice website currently has 32 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