AE News Volume 10, Issue 21

Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Upcoming Events

29 JUNE      -   AEN Mid-year Conference All Seasons Bendigo

11 JULY       -   OHS Network

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference


Victorian Training Award Nominations Closing June 30!

There are just over 2 weeks left to get your nominations in for the Victorian Training Awards. The Awards generate pride and confidence in the training system and puts Victoria's top achievers in the spotlight so why not nominate today.

This year we have a nomination writer on hand that can assist you in finalising your nomination to an award winning standard. This service is of no cost to you as we want to ensure you have every opportunity to participate.

To find out more please contact the Victorian Training Awards Project team who can put you in touch with this service at or phone 03 9907 6635.

Nominations have beem extended to 30 June.

To nominate please click here.


State and Federal Ministers Meet to Discuss Skilling Australians Fund

On Friday last week State and Federal training Ministers met to discuss the Skilling Australians Fund.

The meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council in Canberra gave the green light for work to commence on developing joint projects, principles and funding.

"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," the communique said.

It said the Commonwealth’s priority areas for supporting apprenticeships and traineeships would be in high demand occupations that rely on skilled migration, trade apprenticeships, future growth industries, rural and regional areas, and targeted cohorts..

The meeting also gave flexibility to jointly find "other priorities, in response to emerging economic needs or priority sectors of the community, consistent with principles of the Fund."

Ministers directed officials to work on operational details and principles to refer to Council, in order to reach an agreement "as quickly as possible.

For further information please click here.

Original press release from Minister Andrews


FWC - Annual Wage Review Decision

On Tuesday this week, the Fair Work Commission announced its annual wage review decision adjusting award rates and the federal adult minimum wage by 3.3 % effective from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2017. This brings the national minimum wage for adults to $694.90 per week or $18.29 per hour.  The award rates for employees covered by modern awards will be increased by 3.3%. This includes increases for apprentices and trainees.  The trade rate or relevant adult rate to which the apprentice percentages are applied will be increased by 3.3 % leading to an increase in apprenticeship wages. 

A reminder that the association also has an annual fee-for-service arrangement with worksight to provide specific IR advice and support. Worksight will also be providing an update at our mid-year conference in Bendigo on 29 June.

For further information on the FWA decision please clcik here.

Decisions Signed 2016

Victorian Government media release


New OHS Regulations 2017 Commence 18 June 2017

The new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) will commence on 18 June 2017. You can access the new OHS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 2.20MB] and EPS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 276kB] online and printed copies are available to purchase from SAI Global.

The new OHS Regulations 2017 are mainly the same. However, if you are in a workplace where asbestos is present; are a manufacturer or an importing supplier of hazardous substances or agricultural and veterinary chemicals; work in construction; or operate a mine or major hazard facility, you need to become aware of the changes. In most cases, compliance is required by 18 June 2017.

Comprehensive guides to the OHS and EPS regulations 2017 are now available on the Worksafe Website. The guides provide a comparison between 2007 and 2017 regulations, and provide specific details of any associated changes to duty holder requirements.

Information about the new OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 will be presented at the the 2017 WorkSafe Victoria Breakfast Series, being held in regional centres throughout Victoria. Find out more about event details and registration.

With the new OHS Regulations 2017 due to commence in June, the compliance codes that align with the regulations are now under review. In consultation with stakeholders, WorkSafe has updated the codes, and eight proposed codes are available for public comment.

For further information on OHS Regulation Reform and to download the guides for the new regulations click here.


VAGO – Audit results for 2016 TAFE

This week the Victorian Auditor General Office released its report into the performance of the Victorian TAFEs.

The report made 3 recommendation’s around the management of assets.

To access the report please click here.


The Unique Student Identifier (USI) Transcript Service is Now Available

Recently the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, launched the USI Transcript Service which allows training participants to easily look up their national training record.

The USI Transcript Service uses a student’s Unique Student Identifier (USI) to link together the national records of training that an individual has completed at different training providers, in different states and in different years dating back to January 2015.

More than 6 million Australian training participants now have a USI, and over time, the USI Transcript will become an increasingly valuable supplement to the qualification or certification documentation issued by training providers. Individuals may also use this service to provide evidence of their skills when applying for jobs or enrolling for further training.

Since the activation of the USI Transcript Service, over 16 000 transcripts have been viewed by individuals/training participants. A wide range of resources such as fact sheets and instructional videos are also currently available for both training providers and students to assist with understanding and accessing the USI Transcript Service.

For more information on the USI Transcript Service and a full list of available resources for RTOs, please visit the USI website and click on the Training Organisations tab.


2017 Field Officers Conference 17-18 August Geelong – Registrations Now Open

This year’s field officers conference promises to be jam packed with information and activities that will assist field officers.

The event is being held in Geelong on the 17 & 18 August.  

Guest Speakers and workshops over the 1 ½ days  include:

• VRQA – Update on GTO Standards

• Department of Education Update

• Mental Health awareness

• Dealing with difficult behaviour

• Having difficult conversations

• Improving team work

• High performance teams

For further information and to register please click here.


Skills Canberra Release Training Products Funding Policy Outcomes Paper

The Skills Canberra branch of the ACT Government has released an outcomes paper on the funding of training products in the ACT. Skills Canberra is responsible and accountable for the provision of strategic direction and overall management of vocational education and training (VET) in the ACT.

The outcomes paper determines the ACT Government’s policy position on each of the Training Products available within the Australian VET sector.

Skills Canberra previously released a discussion paper on the funding of training products in November 2016. This paper contained questions for discussion and was followed by a consultation period from December 2016 to January 2017.

The outcomes paper summarises the outcomes of the consultation period, and provides a number of actions for Skills Canberra to implement over the short to long term.

For any additional information on the outcomes paper or Skills Canberra, please contact or call (02) 6205 8555.


Resources to Promote VET - Available Now at your Request!

Visit the Australian Training Awards website to download a variety of fact sheets promoting the outstanding achievements of individuals, training providers and businesses involved in VET!

With over 190,000 views since their launch in 2012, the Real Stories Real Achievements video series are fantastic testimonials of the benefits of VET from the perspective of individuals, training providers and businesses.  We encourage you to watch and share these videos and promote the benefits of VET.



Safety in Action Melbourne Trade Show & Safety Conference 5-6 September

Safety in Action is Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event dedicated to the safety, security and well being of the Australian workforce. Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars and workshops, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional. Attendance is free for bona fide trade visitors

Held concurrently with the tradeshow, Safety in Action presents three high-profile conferences focusing on Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture, Workplace Wellness and Return to Work. With over 350 delegates and 70+ speakers and the conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

For further information please click here.


SpotJobs  Melbourne Career Expo July 21 - 23, 2017,  Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

The SpotJobs Career Expo is the most comprehensive career event in Australia.

The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades and higher education in an exciting, interactive and informative format. All sectors and industries are covered, with the latest career trends and opportunities showcased and ready to be explored.

The event annually attracts over 17,000 attendees consisting of school leavers, graduates, jobseekers, and mature aged career changers, offering exhibitors the opportunity to attract a targeted audience.

Now in its 16th year, the event will be held on Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July 2017, at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton (within the Melbourne CBD).

The expo offers free career advice, inspiring and informative industry panels, employment opportunities, interactive training demonstrations and exhibits, free seminars and a wealth of information and opportunities for further study within the private education sector to universities.

With all career, education and training information under one roof, this event is the first stop for all Victorians seeking a successful future.

For further information please click here.


NCVER Update: VET Helping Indigenous Students to “Close the Gap”

New research by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) examines Indigenous vocational education and training (VET) participation and employment outcomes over the past decade.

It finds VET is a preferred post-school learning pathway for Indigenous students,  with figures showing a steady increase over 2005 to 2015 in Indigenous students’ participation in higher level qualifications (Certificate III and above).
“This shift is a positive sign, as we know from existing research that employment rates are higher for those who gain a Certificate III or higher, showing VET is a key component to closing the gap in employment disparity,” said Jodieann Dawe, National Manager Research and Engagement, NCVER.

Survey evidence shows employment outcomes are particularly sound for Indigenous trade and non-trade apprentices who complete their training. Indeed Indigenous trade apprentices who were not employed before training (and are mostly males) are more likely to be employed after training than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

A challenge is lifting training completion rates for Indigenous students across all programs of study, including apprenticeships, as rates remain lower than those of non-Indigenous students. This limits options for Indigenous students in further and higher study and employment.

Indigenous students living in remote and very remote regions need support to increase their uptake of higher level qualifications and improve program completion and employment rates, all which are lower than other areas.

The report, Indigenous VET participation, completion and outcomes: change over the past decade, is available from the NCVER website.


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.


Apprenticeship Employment Network has Limited Memberships Available

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The Needanapprentice website currently has 118 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