AE News Volume 10, Issue 7

Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Upcoming Events

22 MARCH -   Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop

09 APRIL    -   RTO & E-Learning Network

04 MAY       -   Field Officers Network - Mental Health Workshop


Apprenticeship Luncheon

On Thursday this week our annual apprenticeship luncheon was held at the RACV Club Melbourne. With 100 guests in attendance the event was well received with Hon. Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Corrections providing an update on a number of Government initiatives and programs.

The event was a great chance for many industry stakeholders to network.

The presentation by Eliane Miles from McCrindle put into sharp focus the speed of change that is occurring and how we can support individuals in the VET sector to better prepare for working life where it is estimated people starting work now will have up to 17 job changes during their and topics including:

• Continuation of Victorian and Australian population growth (natural increase combined with skilled migration) – increased multi-cultural communities

• Victoria having 6 of the 20 largest cities in the country – with an additional 1 million people by 2050

• The increase in GEN Ys becoming employers over the next 10 years

• The significant amount of Baby Boomers leaving the workforce over the next 10 years

• Young people responding to a “collaborative and contributive” leadership style

• The significant communication difference with “face-to-face” time and “screen” time.  

Her presentation will be sent out to all participants via email shortly.

Thank you to everyone who attended yesterdays apprenticeship luncheon.


CGU Withdraws From NSW Workers Compensastion Scheme

On 1 March 2017, CGU advised the market that it would be withdrawing from the workers compensation scheme in New South Wales by 31 December 2017.

The company outlined that this decision was based on its assessment of the commercial viability of remaining a scheme participant. As a result, CGU will not be responding to icare’s upcoming agent selection process for the 2018-2020 contract for claims management.

CGU has advised it is committed to working closely with icare and brokers to ensure a smooth transition for all involved, and offered assurances that this decision does not affect its presence in workers compensation schemes of other states and territories.



Marsh is advised by icare that it will communicate the outcome of the tender for the 2018-2020 contract in April as planned, at which point the successful applicants for the NSW workers compensation scheme will be made known.

Marsh will provide advice following icare’s announcement when there is greater certainty of the options available for clients.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your Marsh client executive.


Mental Health Awareness - ‘Are You OK’

AEN is hosting 2 Mental Health Workshops for GTO Members aimed specifically at Field Officers and other staff that have direct contact with apprentices and trainees.

Premium Health will conduct a 3-hour session raising awareness and highlighting the importance of mental health in the workplace.

Premium Health, an accredited national RTO, is an organisation, which provides engaging and innovative health and wellbeing training in the form of various First Aid and Mental Health Crisis (First Aid) training.

Topics include:

• Knowledge to recognise acute signs and symptoms of common mental health problems

• What to say – Are You OK?

• Engage and support a person during a crisis situation

• Where to direct the person to seek help

Participants will receive a Statement of Participation upon completion.

Registration Details

Date and time:          Wednesday, 22 March from 10.00am – 1.00pm (FULL)

                                   Thursday 4 May 10.00am – 1.00pm (Registrations Open)

Location:                   AEN Office, Level 3, 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne

Cost:                          Free for AEN & VTA Members

Non-Member Cost:   $50 incl. gst.

A light lunch will be provided.

Please visit our website for further details.


Australian Apprenticeship Information

Reminder that there is some great information and a wide range of free resources available on all things apprenticeships here.


Australian Training Awards - Applications Now Open!

Applications for the 2017 Australian Training Awards are now open. Recognising individuals, businesses and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) for their contribution to skilling Australia, the Training Awards are the peak national awards for the Vocational education and Training sector. Nominations for the seven direct entry categories will be open until Wednesday 31 May 2017. This year’s Awards will be held in Canberra, ACT in November 2017

For further information please click here.


Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic: 17-19 March

Bullyzero are proud to be the exclusive Charity Partner for the Arnold Classic and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be engaging on a variety of initiatives on Friday 17 March (National Day of Action Against Bullying), Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March.

The Arnold Classic Expo (World’s biggest multi sports festival) is on from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre but more importantly the Arnold Classic Family Walk is on:

When?    Sunday 19 March 2017

Time?     Registration 8am – official proceedings 9am for 9am start

How long is the Walk?       4km

Why not engage your staff, family and friends into walking for a great cause next to one of the most incredible individuals anyone could meet – Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For details please click here.


Update on VET Fee Help Loan scheme

The Department of Education has recently updated the information on the new (1 January) VET FEE HELP Loan scheme.

The website provides a list of approved providers, students resources/ fact sheets and approved course lists.

For further information please click here


Have a go: Help for budding Aussie entrepreneurs

New products are now available to help young Australians who are starting a business for the first time, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack said earlier this week.

Coming on the back of a marked increase in young Australians going into business, particularly in industries such as construction, transport, information technology and telecommunications, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has made the process even easier to help young people have a go.

Government agencies, including the ATO, Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, recently partnered with young small business owners to form a fix-it squad. The squad explored how Government could help young Australians starting a new business and worked together to bring some helpful new products to life.

People starting a business can download ASIC's First Business App or visit the Plan & Start page on for valuable information including:

• checklists to help with setting up a business

• ideas for developing business networks, and

• advice about planning and setting goals.

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 191 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