Volume 9, Issue 38

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

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

23 NOVEMBER - Field Officers Network

07 DECEMBER - OH&S Network


Annual end of year conference and Awards dinner

Time is fast running out – today is your last chance to access the discounted “early bird rate” to register for our end of year mini conference and Annual Awards dinner on

Thursday 17 November

Waterfront venue – docklands Melbourne

2.00pm Mini Conference

Key note speaker – David Platt - Resilient Futures

(updates from AEN, Department of Education Training and Skills)

4.30pm AEN Annual General Meeting

6.30pm AEN Annual awards dinner


To register please click here


NCVER forum on Apprenticeships

On Tuesday this week the NCVER and the Department of Training and Skills hosted a forum with over 50 stakeholders from across the country. The forum discussed “The future of Australian Apprenticeships - Raising the status of apprenticeships” and  highlighting their value and possible ways to improving the system which could be keys to reinvigorating Australia’s apprenticeships. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the future of Australian Apprenticeships remains bright. “Data from NCVER shows that over 84 per cent of Australian apprentices are employed once they finish training,” Minister Andrews said.

NCVER will shortly release a summary of the forum.

For further information please click here.


Victorian Government to regulate Labour Hire Industry

On Thursday this week the Victorian Government announced that they will establish a labour hire licensing scheme to stop the widespread exploitation of Victorian workers uncovered in an independent report recently.

This will ensure strict oversight of labour hire companies so workers are not taken advantage of as they may have been in the past.

The report into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work makes 35 recommendations and clearly sets out a way forward to protect workers from being exploited.

The Victorian Government is now considering the most effective and efficient structure of a licensing scheme. The other recommendations are being closely examined in advance of a full response.

The report, completed by Professor Anthony Forsyth, was tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

For further information please click here.

To access the final report please click here.


National Skills Week Dates announced for 2017

August 28th – September 3rd, 2017

National Skills Week is the focal point for the promotion of Australia's Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It seeks to improve the standing and image of VET while highlighting the talents, diversity, benefits and career pathways associated with VET.

The central thrust of National Skills Week is that it provides the motivation for all stakeholders, be they Career Advisors, Industry Associations, Registered Training Organisations (RTO) or Private Training Providers to do something that promotes VET and the successful outcomes it achieves for the individual, industry and importantly the Australian economy.  The week seeks to mobilise, inform and inspire Australians of all ages to explore the skills that industry needs to advance Australia’s competitiveness and global opportunity.

Since 2011, SkillsOne has driven National Skills Week, supported by Australian Government. With next year its seventh year, the week will continue to be a celebration of the diversity and opportunities for Australians of all ages in skilled and trade areas.

The theme for 2016 New World, New Vision, Your Future, embraced the diversity, passion and energy of the sector, and importantly highlighted the emerging areas of opportunity for work of the future.

For further information please click here.


Worldskills 2017 – National squad announced

A record number of female competitors have been selected to join Australia’s 24-member elite international team – the Skills Squad – after their successful performances at the recent 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition held in Melbourne.

In total 24 young men and women aged 23 and under will spend the next year training with a dedicated skills mentor, vying for the opportunity to join over 1,000 young people from 75 countries at WorldSkills International Competition being held in Abu Dhabi next October.

The Skills Squad features 9 women and 15 men. Amongst them is Louise Azzopardi who, after being named Australia’s first female competitor and gold medalist in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance, hopes to make history internationally as one of the first female competitors in this category.

Congratulations to all squad members and best of luck in your training and international competition

For further information please click here.


Youth Jobs Path – Helping young people prepare for a job – tender announced

Earlier this week the Australian Government launched the process to seek expressions of interest from organisations to deliver training in stage one of the three stage Youth Jobs PaTH programme to help young people into jobs. Employment Minister Michaelia Cash launched the tender process for the delivery of pre-employment training for young unemployed Australians. “This is an exciting development in the implementation of the Government’s PaTH program, which will get young Australians ready, give them a go, and get them a job," Minister Cash said.

For further information please click here.


ACNC Update

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) said in the last two weeks it had issued penalty notices to 40 large charities with annual revenue of $1 million or more, and combined assets of over $70million.

It’s the first time since the ACNC was established in December 2012 that it has issued fines for non-compliance.

“Charities who have received penalty notices may be required to pay a penalty of up to $4,500,” ACNC commissioner Susan Pascoe AM said.

“These charities have failed to submit their 2015 Annual Information Statements – which are now more than eight months overdue.

“This work is underpinned by the ACNC’s objective to maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased accountability and transparency.”

Pascoe said the charities had been given multiple reminders including a final warning letter, but had not done so.

“This lack of transparency can damage the reputation of the sector, tarnishing the hard fought trust and confidence that every compliant charity has helped build,” she said.

In August the ACNC revoked the status of more than 500 charities for failing to submit their Annual Information Statement for two years.

The ACNC said 503 organisations listed on their website had lost access to the Commonwealth tax concessions they were entitled to as registered charities.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 37 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 info@aen.org.au