AE News Volume 10, Issue 17

Tuesday, 28th 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


Federal Budget

There are a number of announcements in this week’s Federal Budget that impact the group training  and VET sector:

• The National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform will be replaced by a new $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund 

• $60 million Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices

• There will be an extra $55 million over five years for Closing the Gap funding

• There will be an extra $263 million over four years for the Parents Next program

• $3 million for the development of a new National Career Education Strategy (second article)

• There will be cuts to the Skills for Education and Employment (LLN) Program

Skilling Australians Fund

The government will provide $1.5 billion over four years from 2017-18 to establish a permanent Skilling Australians Fund to support the skilling of Australian workers.

The fund will prioritise apprenticeships and traineeships for occupations in high demand, occupations with a reliance on skilled migration pathways, industries and sectors of future growth, trade apprenticeships, and apprenticeships and traineeships in regional and rural areas.

The fund, when matched with funding from the States, will support up to 300,000 more apprentices, trainees, and higher level skilled Australians over the next four years. It will support a range of projects which are focused on Commonwealth priorities and are designed to support growth in trade and non-trade apprenticeships and traineeships in target areas.

Projects may include providing incentives for employers, pre-apprenticeship training, improving apprenticeship and traineeship retention and completion rates, and additional support for higher level apprenticeships.

Eligibility criteria will be defined by the Commonwealth, with States’ access to the Fund conditional on their agreement to meeting conditions including a requirement to focus on priority occupations, funding contributions matching Commonwealth funding, achieving outcomes, and providing up-to-date data on performance and spending.

Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices

The government will provide $60 million over two years from 2017-18 to establish an industry specialised mentoring service to complement the existing In-Training Support services available under the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network program.

The mentoring service will support 45,000 Australian apprentices and trainees, particularly in the first two years of training, in order to improve completion rates and support the supply of skilled workers in industries undergoing structural change.

Close the Gap funding

The government will invest $55 million over five years from 2016‑17 to help Close the Gap employment target for Indigenous Australians.

The measure will enable stronger engagement by employment services providers with Indigenous communities and provide enhanced support for Indigenous participants, with a strong focus on pre-employment training and training for Indigenous prisoners and wage subsidies.

Expansion of Parents Next program

The government will provide $263 million over four years from 2017-18 to expand the ParentsNext program. The expansion will be delivered in two streams providing different levels of support across specific Jobactive regions:

• $150 million over four years to expand ParentsNext nationally to the 51 employment regions covered by Jobactive providers.

• $113 million over four years to provide an intensive service offering to all ParentsNext participants in 30 locations where a high number of recipients are Indigenous.

Savings Measures

Skills for Education and Employment Program

The government will achieve savings of $112.4 million over five years from 2017-18 (including $32.1 million in 2021-22) by identifying efficiencies in the Skills for Education and Employment Program. It is one of the last remaining LLN programs.

Additional funding of $13.7 million will be provided in 2017-18 to support the continued training of participants who commenced in 2015-16. Funding of $462.5 million over five years will continue to be provided for this Program to assist eligible job seekers. The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Industry Workforce Training Program

The Government will achieve savings of $43.3 million over six years from 2016-17 (including $8.3 million in 2021-22) by reducing uncommitted funding from the Industry Workforce Training program.

Funding of $273.8 million over six years will continue to be provided to support the engagement of industry in the national training system. The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities

For further information please click here.

Portfolio Budget Statements

Assistant Minister Karen Andrew Media release


New Resources Showcase High-quality VET in Secondary Schools

Schools, training providers, parents and students will benefit from a series of new videos and case studies that highlight best practise in delivering vocational education and training (VET) in secondary schools.

On Monday this week Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the resources, available from today on the Preparing Secondary Students for Work (PSSFW) website, were part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to raising the status of VET.

“The 17 new case studies showcase different approaches to the delivery of VET to secondary students and provide practical solutions to some of the challenges schools experience in delivering VET programs,” Minister Andrews said. 

“The videos cover a range of school settings across metropolitan, regional and remote areas and include a range of industry sectors.”

In one video, students from Halls Head who demonstrated strong skills in communication, planning and hands on experience were praised by an industry leader for possessing the skills to transition into the workplace and meet the the needs of employers in the 21st century.

Minister Andrews said 10 Australian School-based Apprentices (ASbAs) would also feature in video interviews highlighting the benefits of doing an apprenticeship at school and the employment pathways they offer.

Sammy Massih who undertook an ASbA in Hospitality at Hellyer College in Tasmania, said the most rewarding part of an Australian School-based Apprenticeship was being surrounded by supportive, passionate people in the industry.

“I’ve had great support from my school, registered training organisation and employer on top of the theory that we learnt at school. The hands-on training is very rewarding,” Miss Massih said.

Minister Andrews said the PSSFW website also included interactive tools such as the VET self-assessment tool for schools and Career education self-assessment tool to help schools plan, implement, and review their programs.

“The website and resources support the Preparing Secondary Students for Work
framework which was developed in partnership with schools, industry, and training representatives and endorsed by all state and territory education ministers,” Minster Andrews said. 

Minister Andrews said the Turnbull Government has also committed $3 million for the development of a new National Career Education Strategy to make sure young people are work-ready and prepared for life beyond school.

For further information please click here.


New Look Victorian Department of Education Website

Recently the Victorian Department of Education updated its Website. Take the opportunity to navigate you way around the new site – its easy to use and has plenty of great information.

Take the time to navigate your way around the new site.


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


ABS: Characteristics of Employment, Australia

The latest data on the Characteristics of Employment Survey by the ABS presents information on all employed persons according to their status of employment (as at August 2016). The data classifies jobholders to a status of employment on the basis of their main job, that is, the job in which they usually worked the most hours. The status of employment category groups are:

• Employees;

• Owner managers of incorporated enterprises (OMIEs); and

• Owner managers of unincorporated enterprises (OMUEs).

Employees are then further classified according to whether they had paid leave entitlements, that is, whether they had paid sick and/or paid holiday leave, while OMIEs and OMUEs are further classified according to whether they had employees

Employed Persons

• In August 2016, there were an estimated 11.8 million employed persons aged 15 years and over, of which 54% were males.

• An estimated 7.9 million (67%) employed persons worked full-time in their main job.

Almost half (46%) of all employed persons usually worked 35–44 hours per week. Males comprised 60% of these persons.

For further information please click here.


ATEP Annual Awards and 30 Year Anniversary Celebration

On Friday evening last week ATEP (formally Southern Suburbs Group Training) held its annual graduation and awards ceremony. The occasion was also very special as it marked the 30 year anniversary of ATEP.  ATEP has supported over 4000 apprentices and trainees over that period.


Awards Category

Apprentices / Trainees


Matej-John Urbach- Gugich

Best SBAT 2016 - Community Project

Lachlan Lampard

SBAT 2016 - Encouragement Award Community

Taylah Darmanin

Best Trainee 2016

Curtis Murfett

Best 1st Year Apprentice 2016

Angus Sweeney-Smith

Best 2nd Year Apprentice 2016

Avan Gutierrez

Best 3rd Year Apprentice 2016

Jamie Taylor

Best 4th Year Apprentice 2016

Jay Cottle

Mal Foster Memorial Award - Best Overall Apprentice

Host Employers


Easton Bell Electrical

Host Employer - Newcomer Award 2016

Patterson Cheney Pty. Ltd

Geoff Cockram Award - Host Employer Loyalty 2016


Neil Hamilton Honorary Award - Host Employer of the
Year 2016

Founding members of Southern Suburbs Group Training scheme in 1987 Neil Hamilton and Geoff Cockram cutting the cake at the ceremony to mark ATEPs 30 year anniversary.

Congratulations to the 2016 award winners, finalists and graduates. Also to David Bell - CEO, the board and staff at ATEP.


AEN Mid-year Conference 29 & 30 June

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.


Red Tape Reduction Update

Last week, the Victorian Parliament debated and passed the Consumer Acts Amendment Bill 2016, an omnibus bill that facilitates streamlining across the consumer affairs portfolio in Victoria. Importantly, it created the power for the appropriate state government Minister to exempt cohorts of incorporated associations from having to report directly to Consumer Affairs Victoria.

This new power will end duplicative reporting requirements for Victorian incorporated associations that are registered charities.

For further information please click here.


2017 VET Student Loans Approved Course Providers

This week the commonwealth Department of Education and Training released the 2017 VET Student Loans Approved Course Providers. This list of providers will come into effect from 1 July 2017.

To access the full list of 40 providers please click here.


Victorian Worksafe Awards – entries close soon

The awards are open to Victorians in any industry. And with nine award categories that celebrate everything from individual achievements to business solutions and inventions, you're sure to find one that best showcases your achievements in health, safety and wellbeing or return to work this year.

Entries close 31st of May 2017..

For further information and to enter visit the Worksafe Victoria Awards website.


National Road Safety Week 8-14 May

This week is national road safety week. There are plenty of free resources available on the road safety website including;

• Speed

• Drink and Drug-driving

• Driver distractions and mobile phones

• Helmets and motorbikes

• Seatbelts

• Safe walking and cycling

• Road safety for children

• Road Safety week promotional resources

For further information please click here.


National Skills Week 2017 28th August - 3rd September, 2017

National Skills Week 2017 is fast approaching - 28th August - 3rd September, 2017.

The week encourages, informs and inspires people of all ages to explore the benefits of undertaking Vocational Education and Training. The week highlights the opportunities and successful outcomes trade and skill based careers can lead to.

National Skills Week has demonstrated the capacity to consistently find innovative ways to extend positive messaging; influencing the way people think, raising the status of practical and vocational learning and enabling Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities and their potential.

Be part of it, get involved today as a supporter of National Skills Week. 

For further information please click here,


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 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.

For further information please click here.

Survey closes 26 May, 2017.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 44 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