AE News Volume 9, Issue 40

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

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

23 NOVEMBER - Field Officers Network

07 DECEMBER - OH&S Network


Minister Herbert Resigns

In a statement on Wednesday morning this week, Mr Herbert said he was standing down because the issue was serving as "a distraction from the outstanding work of this government and specifically the excellent work of Premier Andrews."

The AEN would like to take this opportunity to thank the Minister for all his hard work within the GTO and VET portfolio.

For further information please click here.

For Mr Herbert's website please click here.


New Minister Appointed To Cabinet

Ms Gayle Tierney Member for Western Victoria (Geelong) will join the Cabinet as Minister for Training and Skills, and Minister for Corrections.

Ms Tierney is the current Cabinet Secretary and was elected to Parliament as Member for Western Victoria Region at the 2006 election.

She was the first woman to become a State Secretary of the Vehicle Division of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. Gayle served in this role from 1993 to 2006, and also as its Federal President from 2000 to 2006.

We look forward to working with Ms Tierney in the future.

For further information please click here.

For Ms Tierney's website please click here.


AEN Annual Awards

This year we received a record number of entries from GTOs.  There were a large number of fantastic stories and individual achievements

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Trainee of the Year

Daniel Lumby - ATEL

Aleisha McDonald - ATEL

Amy Dowe - G-Force

Ashley Hall - G-Force

Jack Lunney - Programmed


Apprentice of the year

Jayden Carpenter - ATEL

Ethan Hardwick - CVGT

Hannah Terry - G-Force

Greg Hogan - G-Force

William Maynard - Programmed

The awards will be presented on Thursday 17 November – it’s not too late to book a ticket to the event – for further details please click here.


AEN Video competition

A reminder to check out our online video Competition – apprentices and trainees can win up to $500 if they post a short 30 second video about the best things of being an apprentice.

For further details please click here


Foundation Skills Assessment Tool

The Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) is now available for use. Funded by the Department of Education and Training, FSAT is an interactive online tool designed to identify and measure an individual’s foundation skill levels (English language, literacy and numeracy skills as well as employability skills). These skills are fundamental to participation in the workforce, the community and in adult education and training.

Who can benefit from using FSAT?

FSAT will provide valuable information to trainers and educators, through Registered Training Organisations, enabling them to assess their clients’ foundation skill levels, and identify skills and knowledge where additional development may be beneficial. This, in turn, will assist students and job seekers, by targeting the areas where individuals may require additional support.

Psychometric validation of FSAT

The Department of Education and Training is currently working with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to psychometrically validate FSAT.

By using FSAT, you will be helping to ensure that a final and free version of a psychometrically validated tool is available as quickly as possible. We invite you to use FSAT and provide feedback.

How can I find out more about FSAT?

Further information on FSAT, including how to access the tool, and answers to ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQs), is available here.  Important information is also provided on conditions and caveats regarding the use of FSAT.


New registration and licence stickers for Building and Plumbing practitioners

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is pleased to launch a new registration and licensing initiative for plumbing and building practitioners.

From 1 November, new VBA branded stickers will be available to registered or licenced plumbing and building practitioners. The new stickers will help practitioners clearly show consumers and the industry that they are accredited with the VBA.

The VBA will be providing stickers to eligible practitioners as part of the registration and licensing process. The stickers will be available large (11cm x 28cm) or small (6.8cm x 17.5cm) sizes for convenient application on cars, clipboards and other work materials, and are UV coated for durability.

While the stickers are not compulsory to use, the VBA strongly encourages practitioners to clearly display them as part of their work practice and to replace any stickers showing the logo of the Building Practitioners Board (BPB), which transferred powers to the VBA on 1 September, with the up-to-date VBA stickers.

For further information please click here.

Dr Owen Donald appointed VBA Chief Commissioner

On other news from the VBA Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has appointed Dr Owen Donald as the new Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Building Authority.
Dr Donald has held board and directorial positions across state and federal jurisdictions in housing, health, research and social services. His previous chairmanships have included the Project Steering Committee for Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, the National Housing Supply Council and Barwon Health.
The VBA’s interim chief, Brian Welch, will remain in the position until Dr Donald takes up his post in February 2017.


NECA Graduation and Awards

On Tuesday evening this week NECA held its annual awards ceremony at Crown.

Congratulations to all graduating students and award winners

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 39 job ads and 9 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