AE News - Volume 9, Issue 36

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

25 OCTOBER - RTO e-Learning Network

17 NOVEMBER - AEN End-of-Year Conference & AGM

23 NOVEMBER - Field Officers Network


Worldskills National Competition - Wrap Up

Last week the National WorldSkills competition was held at the Melbourne showgrounds, where more than 500 apprentices and trainees competed in over 80 different skills.

Congratulations to the Victorian medal winners:


Trystan Sammut (Federation University) - BRICKLAYING

Elizabeth Lilburn (Marjorie Milner College) - FASHION TECHNOLOGY

Luke Faccin (RMIT University / Bendigo Kangan Institute) – IT NETWORK SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION

Hannah Terry & Luke Scott (The Gordon Institute of TAFE) – MECHATRONICS

Melinda Lethbridge (Swinburne University of Technology) – TURNING



Madeleine Baker (Swinburne Senior Secondary College) – VETiS COMMERCIAL COOKERY

Michael Nguyen (Bendigo Kangan Institute/ Keilor Downs College) – VETiS CONSTRUCTION

Brendan Thomas (Federation University / Ballarat Christian College) – VETiS METALS & ENGINEERING

Tyler Atkinson (Federation University) – CABINET MAKING

Jordan Andrews (The Gordon Institute of TAFE) – HAIRDRESSING

Petre Minchev (Melbourne Polytechnic) – IT NETWORK SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION

Zak Biggin (Federation University) – ENGINEERING (BGT apprentice)

Chloe Biddiscombe (Melbourne Polytechnic) – JEWELLERY



Tom Eastman (Phoenix P-12 Community College) – VETiS ELECTROTECHNOLOGY


Tom Neave (The Gordon Institute of TAFE) - JOINERY

James Liley (Holmesglen Institute) & Matthew Higgins (Melbourne Polytechnic) – LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

Tom Ward (Federation University) – PLUMBING

Darren Barnes (Victoria Polytechnic) – WELDING

Congratulations to all competitors.

For further information please visit the links below

Competition results

2016 National Competition

World Skills Competition Media Release


Apprentice Video Competition – Enter Now

Last week AEN launched our online video competition. We are looking for apprentices and trainees to shoot a 30 second video on the best thing about their job.

There is $500 for the best video and a bunch of other prizes up for grabs!

For further details please click here.

Reminder that our annual AEN industry awards are due to close later today – please click here for further information. 



On 5 October 2016, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, announced the commencement of VET Student Loans from 1 January 2017. The Minister also announced that the current VET FEE-HELP scheme will cease on 31 December 2016. These changes are subject to the passage of the VET Student Loans Bill 2016 through parliament.

A range of fact sheets with information about VET Student Loans have been published here.

This morning, the list of courses eligible under VET Student Loans and the related fact sheet were also published. The fact sheet outlines how you can provide feedback on the eligible course list.

If, after reading the information on the Department of Education’s website, you or your students have queries about the new program, please email or call the HELP Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108.

For further information please click here

For access to the eligible courses list please click here


ACNC update

New resources for charities

The ACNC has recently release a range of free resources for NFP / Charities including;

Related party transactions
It is important that charities carefully manage and record their transactions with related parties. New ACNC guidance is available for charities developing policies or processes on related party transactions.

Administration costs
Administration costs are an important part of running an effective and sustainable charity. However, the role they play in running a charity is often misunderstood. To help people better understand how administration costs work for charities, and their connection to charity outcomes, we have produced a guide which answers frequently asked questions.

Screencasts: Logging in to the Charity Portal and changing your password
There are new screencast videos that demonstrate how to log in to the Charity Portal and how to change your log-in password online. Read more >

2016 Annual Information Statement available now

Beat the rush and submit your 2016 Annual Information Statement online now. If your charity uses the standard reporting period of 1 July to 30 June, your 2016 Annual Information Statement is due before the end of the year.

ACNC have been listening to your feedback and are continually trying to improve the Annual Information Statement to make it easier for charities to complete. This year they have introduced an auto-calculation function, which will make entering your financial information quicker and more accurate.



Children's Week 22 -30 October 2016

Children's Week is a national program recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of young people.

This year, Children's Week will run on Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 October 2016, held over two weekends. 

This year's theme focuses on children having the right to reliable information from the media.

Over the week, there will be many free community events and fun activities across Victoria, ranging from music and dance workshops, art and craft activities, entertainment, exhibitions, guided walks, storytelling, children's fairs and much more.

For further information please visit the children's week website.

The department of Education in Victoria also have a range of free resources available here.


Victorian Child Safety Standards

The Victorian Government is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in our community, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by the new PROTECT Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.

It is recognised that many early childhood services and schools will have existing policies and procedures that aim to keep children safe. The Child Safe Standards provide a framework to identify gaps and improve policy and practices around child safety.

The resources available on the department of education website is aimed to support all Victorian early childhood services and schools to embed a culture of no tolerance for child abuse but, where necessary, to respond appropriately.

For further information please click here

For further information on child safe standards please click here


Health and Safety Representatives conference


As part of the Victorian Workplace health and safety month there is a Free HSR conference

Meet other HSRs, develop your skills and workshop how to better promote and encourage health and safety in your workplace.

Date: Tuesday 25 October 2016
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Accreditation: Opens at 8am
Conference starts: 9am |  Conference ends: 3:30pm

There are still plenty of free events available across Victoria

For further details please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 38 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