AE News Volume 10, Issue 1

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

08 FEBRUARY  - Financial Controllers & IR

22 FEBRUARY  - QA Standards

02 MARCH - GTO Managers Meeting & Apprenticeship Luncheon


Welcome Back

Happy New Year and welcome back to another exciting year ahead.

I hope everyone has had a chance to have a relaxing break with family and friends

2017 is going to be another busy year, with the association working on a number of projects and events to keep you up to date.

Upcoming AEN events

Wednesday 8 February – IR & Financial controllers network meeting – and PD session for new payroll staff on modern awards and IR.

Wednesday 22 February – QA – GTO Standards network meeting

Apprenticeship luncheon Thursday 2 March – Guest speaker Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

Wednesday 8 March – OH&S network meeting

Wednesday 22 March – Field Officers network meeting

To access the full 2017 calendar please visit the aen website.

Reminder that we are always happy to assist in spreading the good news – so if you would like to post your good news VET story or event in this e-newsletter – please forward the story (max 300 words) and images to by COB Wednesday each week.

We look forward to working with you all again in 2017.


Minister Tierney announces Workforce Training Innovation Fund

Launch of $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund

Victorian industries will receive more support to train their current and new workforce through the Government’s new $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF).

On Thursday Morning this week Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney launched the fund at Melbourne-based John Holland Group which is one of Australia’s leading engineering and contracting service providers.

The fund is a key feature of the Government’s new approach to training Skills First and is a $40 million initiative to support industry and employers address their rapidly evolving workplace skills development needs.

Through the fund, grants of up to $5 million will be provided to see training providers working with businesses to develop innovative new training programs and approaches.

Successful initiatives will have a focus on increasing productivity in the workplace and ensuring existing workers and students looking to enter the workforce have the skills they need to take up jobs in new and emerging industries.

The initiative will also support job growth and innovation in the Government’s six priority industry sectors including transport, new energy and medical technologies.

Seed funding of up to $50,000 is also available to help applicants develop, scope and prepare partnerships and projects.

For further information on the program, including applying for seed funding, please click here.

For the recent announcement regarding the start of skills first, please click here.


WHS online course – Enrollments closing soon.

A reminder that registrations are still open for your staff to enroll in the online Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety course. This course has been very popular with GTO staff in the past. The course is online and self-paced with RMIT supporting students through their assessment activities.

Course Structure

Core Units of Competency (UOC)

Elective Units of Competency

BSBWHS402 – Assist with compliance with WHS laws

BSBRSK401A – Identify risk and apply risk management processes

BSBWHS403 – Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes

BSBWHS407 – Assist with claims management, rehabilitation and return-to-work programs

BSBWHS404 – Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control

PUAWER002B – Ensure workplace emergency prevention procedures, systems and processes are implemented

BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems

BSBRES401 – Analyse and present research information

BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to incidents

BSBWRT401 – Write complex documents

There are also options available for staff with the old qualification to complete the units required to upgrade to the new qualification.

To access further information please click here.


The Future of Work report

Recently the Regional Australia Institute release its The Future of Work – Setting Kids up for Success’ report

Making sense of the competing messages surrounding the future of work can be a daunting and difficult task, particularly for parents and friends wanting to ensure their children’s success.

In response, nbn and the Regional Australia Institute have partnered to build a set of practical online resources for parents and children to use today to build the skills and attributes they will need for the future.

These include a ‘Future of Work’ research report, six case studies and an online toolkit.

The Regional Australia Institute’s The Future of Work – Setting Kids up for Success’ report reveals that to remain competitive in the 2030 job market, one in two Australians will need skills in programming and software development, as well as an ability to build digital technology.

The report identifies three key points:

• The in-demand jobs will be mixing high tech, personal contact and care activities;

• Our kids will need a mix of both nerdy digital and soft personal skills for success in the 2030 job market; and

• Jobs of the future will be flexible, entrepreneurial and dynamic.

Based on these findings, the Future of Work Toolkit focuses on providing practical insights and activities that build both ‘hard’ tech skills and ‘soft’ people, creativity and entrepreneurial capabilities.

For further information please click here.

On a similar topic the latest version of the Australia Jobs report published by the Australian Government Department of Employment can be found here


Pre-apprenticeship Courses – website listing

The Australian Apprenticeships - Pre-apprenticeships Course Finder (PCF) is one of the most popular pages on their website.

To satisfy demand they need many more pre-apprenticeship courses listed here as this is one of the key ‘go to’ places for young people look for pre-apps.

To find out more about uploading your courses (for free) please contact Andrew Robson at the Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service on 1800 338 022 or


Back to Work Update

Up to $15 million has been allocated for employers of dairy industry workers and retrenched automotive workers in Victoria.

A further $1 million is available for employers of unemployed people living in the Latrobe Valley and retrenched workers from the Hazelwood power station. 

The broader Back to Work Scheme was fully subscribed on 18 July 2016 for all other employee categories.


You can apply online quickly and easily to access payments of up to $11,000 for hiring an eligible employee into an ongoing full-time and part-time Victorian job, and additional payments of up to $4000 for providing accredited training.

While the broader scheme was fully subscribed on 18 July 2016, second instalment payments will continue to be processed for eligible claims.

For further information please click here.


Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program

A PARTY program will run on  the 6th of April 2017 at The Alfred in Melbourne aimed specifically at apprentices and trainees.

The free Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) full day program, is a dynamic and interactive injury awareness and prevention program that uses vivid clinical reality to show participants the consequences that can occur when engaging in risk-taking behaviour. P.A.R.T.Y. aims to provide participants with information that will enable them to recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-oriented choices, and adopt behaviours that minimise unnecessary risk.

 P.A.R.T.Y. participants engage with emergency service professionals; doctors, nurses, allied health practitioners, and people who have experienced trauma and survived - often with significant disabilities. The working hospital environment provides participants with an authentic experience, which allows insight into the many consequences that patients, families and health professionals are faced with as a result of risk-related trauma.

It is aimed at apprentices and trainees aged between 15-25. The program will be free of charge.

For further information and to register please click here.


NCVER Update

Financing of government-funded VET

Financial information on Australia’s government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system for 2015 shows operating revenues increased 13.6% to $9812.4 million compared with 2014.

When comparing 2015 with 2014, revenue from the Australian Government increased by $1446.0 million (46.2%); revenue from state and territory governments decreased by $358.5 million (9.7%); and revenue from fee-for-service activities decreased by $22.3 million (1.9%).

To view the publication, please visit Financial information 2015

VET graduates show good job prospects

Australia’s first major vocational education and training (VET) graduate survey to include both Commonwealth and state funded students, and those who pay their own way reveals 77.6% of VET graduates are employed after training, with those employed full-time earning a median annual income of $56 000 per year.

Total VET graduate outcomes 2016 provides infographical information, publication and table formats on employment outcomes, satisfaction with training and further study patterns for almost 44,000 graduates who completed a qualification in 2015.

The new data show that 45.3% of those that weren’t employed before training are employed after, and 82.2% of graduates who undertook their training as part of an apprenticeship or traineeship were employed after training.

New foundation skills resources

Four new literature reviews have been released as part of the Foundation Skills Literature Review Project, funded by NCVER as part of their commitment to building research capacity. Foundation skills include adult language, literacy and numeracy skills as well as employability skills, such as problem solving, collaboration and self-management. The main topic areas are:

• perspectives on adult language, literacy and numeracy

• policy contexts and measures of impact

• context and sites

• pedagogy and the learners workforce development.

Latest data

The latest release of apprentice and trainee data show there were 282 900 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 June 2016, a decrease of 7.8% from 30 June 2015.

Overall 39 900 people started apprenticeships and traineeships in the June 2016 quarter, a decline of 2.1% compared with the same period last year. This reflects a decline in trade commencements, down 17.3% to 15 900.

Non-trade commencements, however, increased by 11.3% to 24 000 over this time. Occupations recording increases include sales assistants and sales persons (up 900); construction and mining labourers (up 400); and carers and aides (up 300).

AVETMISS news for RTOs

The collection window for direct reporting of 2016 AVETMISS fee-for-service activity to NCVER opened on 3 January 2017 and will close on the 28 February 2017.

For RTOs reporting their fee-for-service data to a State Training Authority (STA), please note their deadline may be earlier than this. If you are unsure of your individual reporting requirements, please check with your STA in the first instance.

NCVER’s friendly client support team are ready to help you with any difficulties validating or submitting your data. Please allow sufficient time to meet your reporting deadline.

The client support team are available Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 5:00pm.
They can be contacted by submitting the AVETMISS Support contact form, emailing, or by phoning 08 8230 8400 or toll free 1800 649 452.


Australian Charities Report 2015

The Australian Charities Report 2015, the third census of Australia's charity sector, was launched in Sydney in late December.

The 2015 edition of the report is the first to compare changes in the sector over time.

Some of the key findings included:

• Total income had grown 2% to over $134 billion

• Donations and bequests grew 2.4% to $11.2 billion

For further information please click here.


Manufacturing Hall Of Fame Awards Nominations Open

Nominations have opened for the 2017 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements by local businesses and individuals.

This year’s theme is Growing Advanced Manufacturing, which highlights the opportunities for innovation in Victorian manufacturing.

Award categories include Young Manufacturer of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Company Induction and addition to the Honour Roll.

Awards will also be given to companies operating in high-growth future industries sectors, such as medical technology and pharmaceuticals, transport, defence and construction technologies, food and fibre, new energy technologies, professional services and international education.

The nominations will be judged across a range of criteria indicative of best practice manufacturing, including innovation, adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies, business and environmental sustainability, and skills development.

The Hall of Fame Awards, which were established in 2001, recognise individuals and companies who embrace new technologies and manufacturing techniques, are export focused and excel in business innovation.

Nominations close 15 February and the awards will be announced at the 2017 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner on 9 May.

Nominations for the awards can be made by visiting the Business Victoria website.


Moneysmart VET resources

Money management skills for VET students

ASIC's Be MoneySmart is an online training resource for VET students (including apprentices and trainees) and senior high school students. The resource helps students to develop money management skills which support their future careers in small business or as contractors.

This resource can also be used by community educators, job service providers and financial counsellors for non-formal training sessions with their clients.

ASIC's Be MoneySmart offers five online modules:

• Saving, budgeting and spending - Students establish savings goals, create a budget and a savings plan.

• Personal tax - Students establish a system for storing receipts and work through tax topics so they can prepare a return.

• Superannuation - Students compare super funds, work through a super statement and learn how to keep track of their super.

• Debt management - Students compare debt products, learn to manage credit cards and find out what to do if debt becomes a problem.

• Insurance - Students investigate car, home and content insurance and learn how to choose the right type of insurance and level of cover.

Each module features real life examples and video case studies of young people from a range of occupations. The modules support 1 hour of online activity and 2 hours of offline study. Each module includes a student workbook.

For further information and to access the resources please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 338 job ads and 6 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