AE News Volume 10, Issue 16

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

30 MAY        -   Workplace Bullying - Presented by Bully Zero

29 JUNE      -   AEN Midyear Conference All Seasons Bendigo

11 JULY       -   OH&S Network


Victorian State Budget

On Tuesday this week, The Victorian Government presented its 2017/18 State Budget

Highlights include;

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provides an $8.2 million boost for Apprentice Support Officers to make sure apprentices under the age of 25 get the support they need to finish their training and get the jobs they want.

This is on top of the Government’s record investment in TAFE in the last two Budgets

Twenty-five support officers will be based at TAFEs across Victoria so they can continue mentoring and helping young apprentices with family, work and training issues that could affect their apprenticeship.

With the Government’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee – which ensures apprentices and trainees do at least 10 per cent of the work on Victoria’s major projects – creating thousands of opportunities for apprentices, this support is needed now more than ever before to finish their apprenticeship and gain a trade.

The Budget provides ongoing funding for the Labor Government’s landmark TAFE Rescue Fund and the Stronger TAFE Fund, which are helping TAFE institutes train and reskill workers across Victoria


• $1.2 billion surplus in 2017/18

• Economy forecast to grow by 2.75 per cent

• Annual job growth at 3.2 per cent

Regional Victoria

• Reducing payroll tax by 25 per cent for businesses operating in regional Victoria, the lowest rate in Australia

• Ballarat region to receive 600 new jobs under a $47.8 million plan for new government hubs

• $50 million to double the First Home Owner grant to $20,000 in regional areas

• $1.5 billion to upgrade every major commuter rail line in regional Victoria

Education & VET

• Added funding to boost Apprentice Support Officers, benefiting up to 17,500 first-year apprentices

• $685 million to build and upgrade schools across the state, including 11 new school sites

• Upgrades to 59 regionals schools and 49 metropolitan schools

• $202.1 million invested in early childhood services

• $9.2 million for mandatory swimming lessons in primary schools

Roads & Infrastructure

• $700 million boost to M80 road upgrade which includes $350 million from the federal government

• $100 million for pre-planning for North-East Link

• $300 million to build the Mordialloc Bypass

• Added funding for maintenance work on the West Gate Bridge

• Road maintenance funds boosted to $260 million, double the previous investment

• $1.45 billion Regional Rail Revival package including $435 million to upgrade the Gippsland Line

• Ten new supersized E-Class trams and 39 new VLocity carriages

• $67 million to fund new bus services

• Continued funding of the Metro Rail project


• $173 million elective surgery blitz to cut 6,600 patients off waiting lists

• $162 million Northern Hospital redevelopment and money to begin planning for a new Footscray hospital

• Extend the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health services, providing extra support for parents

• Extra screening for 45 000 Victorians for breast, bowel and oral cancers

For further information please visit

Getting On the Job

More Support For Victorian Apprentices

A Responsible and Fair Budget

Victorian Budget


Victorian Training Awards

Now in its 63rd year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training students, teachers, training providers and employers.

The Awards are not only open to students, registered training providers and TAFEs but to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and large employers providing high quality training to their workers.

Winners and finalists gain state-wide recognition, with award winners going on to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra on Thursday 23 November 2017 (in aligned categories).

Through celebrating excellence in the training and TAFE system, the Awards highlight student achievement and showcase innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers - continuing to put Victoria's top achievers in the spotlight.

Through Skills First, the Victorian Government is delivering a trusted training and TAFE system that delivers real training for real jobs. The Awards bring confidence and pride to Victoria’s training and TAFE system.

Nominations close midnight, Friday 16 June

Awards Ceremony Wednesday 11 October

National Training Awards Ceremony 23 November ACT.

For further information please click here.

Information Video


Victorian Government Announcement – Apprenticeship Taskforce

On Wednesday morning this week Minister for Training and Skill Ms Gayle Tierney launched the “Apprenticeship Taskforce”

The Victorian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce (the Taskforce) has been established to gather intelligence on potential opportunities and current barriers relating to the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships across industries in Victoria.

Specifically, the Taskforce will:

• consider the barriers relating to the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships across industries in Victoria.

• consider the opportunities relating to the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships across industries in Victoria.

• determine whether issues raised are industry specific or more broader systemic issues

• seek specific experiences of individual apprentices, employers and training providers, and

• determine actions that could be put in place to address the issues raised.


Meetings will be chaired by the Victorian Skills Commissioner.

Taskforce participants

To ensure that the Taskforce is able to identify the current barriers and examine potential opportunities, it is important to have a considered consultation process which includes representatives from industry, training providers, regulators and government.

As such, the Taskforce will comprise one representative from each of the following:

• Australian Industry Group

• Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

• Victorian Trades Hall Council

• Apprenticeship Employment Network

• Victorian TAFE Association

• Australian Council for Private Education and Training

• Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

• Department of Education and Training, and

• Six employers who have significant commitment to apprentices and trainees.

This will allow the Taskforce to have representation from those sectors with large numbers of apprentices and trainees as well as emerging industries that have employers who are committed to apprenticeships and traineeships.

The Taskforce will be responsible for the consultation process outlined below, however this consultation process will be supported by the ten Industry Advisory Groups established under the Victorian Government’s Industry Engagement Framework. This will ensure that this Taskforce allows for specific industries not represented on the Taskforce to contribute to the direction of the work of the Taskforce.

For further information please click here.

For the AEN media release please click here.

Growing Apprenticeships And Traineeships In Victoria


2017 Student Satisfaction Survey – Training and TAFE

Have your say in the future of training and TAFE

Victoria’s largest student survey and new Have Your Say poll has been launched.

How has your course or apprenticeship helped you to achieve your employment goals? That’s the question the Victorian Government is asking over 190,000 students in the annual Student Satisfaction Survey.

Students who completed or exited any courses provided by registered training organisations in 2016 have been sent the survey to complete online or by mail. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and asks students to share their views on a range of topics including teaching quality, relevance of skills learnt and how training has helped in gaining employment.

Outcomes of the survey are confidentially reported back to individual training and TAFE organisations and will provide valuable insights to assist improvement and course planning.

Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney, launched the 2017 survey along with the announcement of the Have Your Say poll (a new SMS pulse check) to capture year-round insights from students at various stages of training.  The first Have Your Say poll will be sent in late April to students who have enrolled in a new course in 2017 with another feedback poll planned for late June.

Giving students a clear voice in the future of training is a Victorian Government commitment through Skills First. There is also a range of information and resources to help students access the right training for them at the Skills First website.

Survey closes 26 May, 2017.


AFL Sportsready – Awards and Graduation 

On Friday night last week AFL Sportsready held its annual awards and graduation ceremony for more than 200 trainees across the state at the Glasshouse in Melbourne.

Rising Star award – Katelyn Martin

Trainee of the Year – Hugh Barrow

Congratulations to all the graduating trainees, apprentices and the team at AFL Sportsready.


AEN Midyear Conference 29 & 30 June - Registrations Open

This year AEN is holding it's mid-year conference at the All Seasons in Bendigo on the 29 & 30 June. There are a number of speakers over the 1 ½ day event including

Minister for Training and Skills – Hon. Gayle Tierney

Updates From:

• Victorian Department of Higher Education and Skills

• Victorian Skills Commissioner Office

• Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) Victorian GTO standards and audit process for 2017/18

• Victorian Major Projects

• Commonwealth Department of Education & Training

For conference details and to register please visit the AEN website.

Discounted early bird registrations close 19 May.


Funding Grants for Women's Leadership Development

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s training and development sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership programs.

The courses are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to June 7, 2017.


WRICA Expo – 17 & 18 May

The WRICA event is the biggest Careers Expo in the West and the third largest in Victoria. The Expo provides an opportunity for students and community to research and receive quality information from exhibitors regarding Employment, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Industry, TAFES, Universities, Government Organizations and Private Providers within a safe, open environment.

This year the Expo will be held on the 18th and 19th of May at the Werribee Racing Centre

To visit the Expo arrive at the racecourse between 9am – 4pm Thursday 18th and 9am – 3pm Friday 19th May 2017.

You are able to walk around and talk to all exhibitors, gather information and learn something new.

For more information please click here.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 28 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