AE News Volume 10, Issue 23

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

29 JUNE      -   AEN Mid-year Conference All Seasons Bendigo

11 JULY       -   OHS Network

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference


Reminder – Nominations for the Victorian Training Awards close next week

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

Reminder that the nominations close next Friday – 30 June

For further information please click here.


The New Victorian OHS and EPS Regulations have Commenced

The new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) commenced on 18 June 2017.

Worksafe Victoria have released a number of documents and guidelines to assist you with implementing the new regulations


AGA – Holden Connection

On Tuesday morning this week Holden donated two state of the art vehicles to AGA for their automotive apprentice training centre at Deer Park.

Mark Knox – CEO of AGA said the addition of the two vehicle’s will provide AGA apprentices the opportunity to train on the latest technologies.

Congratulations to the team at AGA and Holden.


ASQA Update

Training Provider Briefing webcast recording now available

As part of its schedule of Training Provider Briefings for 2017, ASQA hosted three webcasts for VET sector stakeholders that could not attend one of the 24 face-to-face sessions.

A recording of one of the webcasts – hosted by ASQA’s General Manager, Regulatory Operations, David Garner and Principal Compliance Auditor Lyndell Griffin – is now available for viewing below, or on ASQA’s YouTube channel. A transcript of the webcast will be published shortly.

For further information please click here.


ACNC Update

Have your say on the DGR tax arrangements

The discussion paper outlines a number of proposals to strengthen the DGR governance arrangements and make the process of applying for DGR status less complex.

DGR status helps arts and cultural organisations to fund their activities by allowing them to receive gifts and contributions for which donors are able to claim a tax deduction.

More than 1600 cultural organisations are currently endorsed as DGRs through being listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO), which is managed by the Department of Communications and the Arts. One of the proposals in the discussion paper is that the ROCO (and the other three DGR registers run by departments of state) could be transferred to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) in order to reduce red tape and application processing time. 

There are approximately 28,000 DGR organisations in Australia, of which 20,500 are registered charities (according to the findings of the Australian Charities Report 2015).

One significant proposed reform would require all DGR recipients to be registered with the ACNC.

This would mean that cultural organisations seeking DGR status through the ROCO would first register as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, after which DGR endorsement would be managed by the ATO. This process would be similar to that already in place for the general DGR categories for public collecting institutions, under which more than 2500 public libraries, museums and galleries currently have DGR status.

Submissions are due by 14 July 2017. To view the discussion paper and have your say visit the Treasury’s website.

For further infromation please click here.

Reminder: 2016 Annual Information Statements due now for many charities

Thousands of charities that report on a calendar year (from 1 January to 31 December) are required to submit their Annual Information Statement before 30 June.

Around 57% of these charities have already submitted their Annual Information Statement.

The remaining 43% now only have a few days to do so.

To help registered charities submit their Annual Information Statement, we have published a range of guidance materials, which you can access free of charge here


Time to Purchase Your Entertainment Booklet for 2017-18 – to Support the Bullyzero Foundation.

Apprenticeship Employment Network is raising funds. Here's how you can help...

Help us raise money for the Bully Zero Foundation by buying an Entertainment Membership, and you can enjoy heaps of value over the school holidays. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers to keep the kids 'entertained' this school holidays, and help our fundraising at the same time!

For the order form please click here.


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.


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.


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.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 137 job ads and 5 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