AE News Volume 10, Issue 8

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


Fairwork Commission - 2017 Annual Wage Review

As part of the 2017 Annual Wage Review several research papers were prepared.  This year a research paper title Factors affecting apprenticeships and traineeships has been included.

The Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel for annual wage reviews must annually review national minimum wages and modern award minimum wages.

This research report aims to provide information in relation to supply of and demand for apprentices and trainees that is relevant to the minimum wage and modern awards objectives.

Part I: Background and supply-side factors affecting commencement and completion of apprenticeships and traineeships

Lucy Nelms, Kelvin Yuen, Alice Pung, Sabrin Farooqui and Joseph Walsh

Part II: Demand-side factors affecting apprenticeships and traineeships

Dr Tom Karmel

To read the Report please click here.


International Women's Day Lunch

Celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, this year’s theme was ‘Be Bold for Change.’

International Women’s day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world.

Guests heard from Denise Stevens (ex CEO of VET Development Centre), Win Scott (ex CEO of SuniTAFE), and Berwyn Clayton (Emeritus Professor at Victoria University), to celebrate and reflect the strong history of female leaders who have shaped the Victorian TAFE/VET System.

Thank you to Andrew Williamson and the staff of Victorian TAFE Association for a great event at Angliss Restaurant.


VRQA Update

Presenting the VRQA Strategic Plan and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

The VRQA Board last year approved a new strategic plan, setting ambitious program of reform
for 2016-18.

The Board has already commenced working on the strategic directions and initiatives outlined in the plan, which include:

• implement government directions

• strengthen governance

• modernise regulatory functions

• achieve financial sustainability.          

To achieve the objectives outlined in the strategic plan, the VRQA has developed the VRQA Stakeholder Engagement Strategy 2017-18. The strategy recognises that engagement with our stakeholders improves our regulation and will underpin the success of many of the projects under the reform agenda.

Full versions of the VRQA Strategic Plan 2016-18 (pdf - 206.46kb)  and the VRQA Stakeholder Engagement Strategy 2017-18 (pdf - 259.36kb) are available on the VRQA website.

2016 Client and Stakeholder Research findings now available

Findings from the 2016 client and stakeholder research are now available on the VRQA website.

The findings show an overall increase in provider satisfaction with the VRQA and providers rating the VRQA as effective or highly effective in its function.

Opportunities for improvement identified in the research include strengthened consultation and engagement with all stakeholders, and refreshing how the VRQA's purpose, functions and the benefits of regulation are communicated.

The research was conducted by EY Sweeney on behalf of the VRQA in late 2016.

We wish to thank all providers, apprentices, trainees, employers and stakeholders who participated in the research. The research, conducted annually, shapes client services and has this year informed stakeholder engagement strategy.

The 2016 Client and Stakeholder Research report (pdf - 2.69mb) and summary (pdf - 538.54kb) are available on the VRQA website.

VET reporting and compliance reminders

It is a busy time of year for VET provider. The VRQA wishes to remind registered training organisations (RTO) of some of their reporting and compliance obligations.

Annual Declaration of Compliance

A reminder to RTOs to submit the Annual Declaration of Compliance to the VRQA by 1 April 2017.

Submitting the annual declaration is required under Guideline 5 of the 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers (docx - 204.24kb), and confirms an RTO has systematically monitored compliance and corrected any issues identified.

The annual declaration must be signed by the principal executive officer/chief executive officer registered with the VRQA as listed on

New TAE Training and Education Training Package (TAE) delivery requirements

New requirements for delivering the TAE came into effect on 1 January 2017.

Under Guideline 4.5 of the 2016 Guidelines (docx - 204.24kb), trainers and assessors delivering:

• TAE40110/TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

• TAE SS00001/TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set; or

• any assessor skills set from the Training and Education Training Package must hold

• a Diploma of Vocation Education and Training (TAE50111/TAE50116) or

• a Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50211/TAE50216), or

• a higher level qualification in adult education.

Total VET Activity Reporting

All RTOs have an obligation to complete the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) reporting. In doing so, RTOs must report:

• all VET student enrolment activity conducted in 2016

• all award issuance activity conducted in 2016.

RTOs are required to report any VET activity, including:

• activity that attracts government funding and activity that does not attract government funding

• activity that is conducted in Victoria and/or Western Australia.

If you have not reported data through the Higher Education and Skills Group at the Victorian Department of Education and Training, you must report directly to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). NCVER opened its web-based AVETMISS Validation system to RTOs in January. Validated data reports were due on 28 February 2017.

Your RTO is required to meet these data provision requirements as a condition of registration. 

More information regarding AVETMISS reporting is available from NCVER at AVETMISS Support for RTOs


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:          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.


Bullyzero Week 13 – 19 March

Next week marks the 4 year anniversary of the bullyzero foundation.

The foundation delivers 100s of free workshops each year around Australia to help raise awareness of the devastating effects bullying can have on young people.

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?       4 Km

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.

For further information on Bullyzero foundation please click 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.


National Youth Week 31 March to 9 April 2017

National Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia.
It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State, Territory and Local Governments. Young people have the opportunity to express their ideas and views, and act on issues that affect their lives. It also lets them have a lot of fun.
Please visit the link to find out what is happening across Victoria


Moneysmart resources

Popular resources from MoneySmart Teaching

A reminder that ASIC have developed a range of financial literacy education resources for teacher and parent use.

All resources have been reviewed by teachers for teachers and are mapped to the Australian Curriculum and the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework.

Resources include

• Primary resources

• Secondary resources

• VET resources

• Videos

Knowing Growing Showing is a financial literacy resource for teachers to support authentic and meaningful learning for Indigenous students.

• What is Knowing Growing Showing

• Learning stages

For further information please click here.


Certificate IV in WHS (BSB41412)

AEN together with RMIT are offering the Certificate IV in WHS for all GTO staff.  The course content and structure has been designed in consultation with the needs of the GTO Industry.

The course is delivered online to allow students/staff the flexibility to manage their studies and work.  This is a great opportunity for professional development of all GTO Staff. Over the past 5 years RMIT have graduated over 50 GTO staff through this delivery model.

The online portal will open from the 30 January 2017  and students enrolled are expected to complete their course material by the end of August 2017.  I have attached a flyer with course information and course fees, please complete and return to me to confirm your registration at

Enrolments will close on 31 May 2017 to ensure students have enough time to complete the course and for RMIT to complete the RPL and Graduation process.

For further information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 190 job ads and 10 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