AE News - Volume 9, Issue 35

Monday, 27th May 2019

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Worldskills & Apprenticeships Expo– Melbourne showgrounds

This week the national worldskills completion is being held at the Melbourne showgrounds.

The official opening ceremony was launched by Assistant Minister for training and skills– Hon. Karen Andrews and State Minister for Training and Skills Hon. Steve Herbert  

To access the full media release please click here

During the 3 day worldskills competition the venue will also be hosting an information expo on VET.

AEN along with a number of members have expo stands, AEN is also delivering an obstacle course challenge – where participants will be asked to complete a number of skills.

Photo of stand and obstacle course

The event is open until Saturday afternoon at the Melbourne showgrounds – please come along or use social media to show your support – good luck to all the apprentices and trainees in their competition.


Apprentice Video Competition – Enter Now

For your chance to win a pre-paid Visa Card valued up to $500 send us a 30 second video telling us what you like most about your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Prizes up for grabs

• First prize is a $500 pre-paid VISA card

• Second prize is a $250 pre-paid VISA card

• Third prize is a $150 pre-paid VISA card

Competition Period

• Entries open on 4 October 2016 at 00:01

• Video entries must be submitted by 30 November 2016 at 23:59

• Voting closes on 11 December 2016 at 23:59


  1. You must be:
    1. over 18,
    2. an Australian resident, and
    3. undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia .
  2. Your video must be no longer than 30 seconds and must tell us:
    1. Who you are,
    2. What apprenticeship/traineeship you are undertaking, and
    3. What you like most about it.

Full terms and conditions are available here.


Minister Birmingham announces changes to VET FEE HELP

On Tuesday This week the Minister for Education Senator Simon Birmingham announced changes to the VET FEE HELP program.

Under the new scheme, loan limits will be set, only courses that align with industry needs will be eligible, existing providers will need to prove their bona fides, and barriers to new providers will be set much higher.

The scheme will grant TAFEs automatic entry but will force all private colleges / RTOs  to apply under the new conditions “to weed out unscrupulous providers who have plagued the VET FEE-HELP scheme”. Said Birmingham

For further information please visit the links below.


Have you heard our new radio ad?

This week our new radio adverts have started playing on 16 stations across the State.

To hear the adverts please visit


The ATO and the ACNC collaborate for change

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) are working together to reduce administrative burden on charities, recently announcing that ancillary funds registered as charities now only need to report once.

“Ancillary funds were previously required to report their annual return to both the ATO and the ACNC,” said ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe.

“By collaborating with the ATO, we’re ensuring that ancillary funds only need to report once using the ACNC’s online Annual Information StatementExternal Link. We will then share the information they collect with the ATO,” she said.

This new streamlined process will reduce double-up reporting and the costly time involved in administration, allowing ancillary funds to focus on serving the community.

With a joint focus on strengthening the sector, the two regulators will continue to work closely together to facilitate positive change.

Commissioner Pascoe said that by working together, the ATO and the ACNC will save around 3000 charities from duplicative reporting obligations each year.

“Additionally, I am granting an extension of time for ancillary funds to complete their 2016 Annual Information Statement to align with the fund return deadline of 28 February 2017.

“The ACNC is committed to reducing red tape for charities. This is just one of the initiatives we have undertaken to reduce unnecessary obligations on the Australian not-for-profit sector,” ACNC Commissioner Pascoe said.

The ATO has developed a blueprint for change, which focusses on making every year count for its not-for-profit clients. Reducing the reporting burden for NFPs is just one of the deliverables already met in 2016-17.

More information about the ACNC’s red tape reduction initiatives can be found here

Media Release


Australia's unemployment rate remained steady at 5.7%.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported for August:

Trend estimates

• Australia's trend estimate of employment increased by 9,900

• The number of unemployed people decreased by 400

• Participation rate remained steady at 64.8%

• Monthly hours worked in all job increased 1.7 million hours

• The largest increase was in Victoria, followed by New South Wales. On the other hand, the largest decrease was in Western Australia

Seasonally adjusted estimates

• Full-time employment increased by 11,500 and part-time employment decreased by 15,400

• The number of unemployed people decreased by 10,500

• Unemployment rate decreased to 5.6%

• Monthly hours worked in all jobs decreased 3.9 million hours

The largest increase was in Victoria, followed by Tasmania. On the other hand, the largest decreases were in New South Wales and Queensland


Employment in the disability sector receives national recognition

Earlier this week, IntoWork Australia announced that Interact Australia will join the national employment company.

Working to promote social inclusion, equality, health and well-being in the disability sector, Interact is the first disability focused business to join the growing IntoWork network this year.

Please see the media release for further information.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 21 job ads and 7 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