AE News Volume 10, Issue 25

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

11 JULY       -   OHS Network

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference

23 AUGUST -   QA/GTO Standards


Australian Jobs – 2017 Labour Market Report

Last week the Commonwealth Department of Eemployment released its 2017 Labour Market Report.

Australian Jobs 2017 provides a snapshot of the labour market at the national, state and regional level and for industries and occupations, as well as guidance about job search and the skills employers value.

Many factors influence the Australian labour market, and Australian Jobs 2017 provides information about the current economic climate to assist users to make informed work and training choices.

Where Australians are seeking to learn about a career in a particular industry, they can use the Australian Jobs 2017 report to see the range of occupations offered within that industry, as well as the main training pathways and the locations of jobs.

The report also features employment profiles, such as which industries offer the largest job numbers, including for young people.

There are close to one million young Australians employed across the Retail Trade, Accommodation and Food Services and Construction sectors, and these sectors are expected to continue to offer employment to large numbers of young people

The full report is available here.

An infographic providing a snapshot of the Australian Jobs 2017 is also available.

For further information please click here.


Skillinvest – Victoria Police Dandenong - JVEN

On Wednesday morning last week Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams visited Dandenong Police Station to meet trainees and Victoria Police members involved in the Skillinvest program.

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians are working side-by-side with Victoria Police as part of a school-based traineeship program.

The program is running at police stations from Morwell to Warrnambool – with 32 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees currently placed. Day to day, the trainees are involved in administration tasks at the police station – including filing, paperwork and inventory checks – while completing a Certificate III in Business Administration. The traineeships have proven to be a great foundation for improving relationships, and setting young indigenous Victorians on a path to a career in the police force

For further information please click here.

Congratulations to the team at Skillinvest.



This morning this week the Futuretech partnership between the ETU and Holmesglen Institute launched their telecommunications programs for pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship pathways.

The centre has great facilities and links with employers to assist with the roll-out of NBN.

Congratulations to the team at Holmesglen.

For further information please click here.

Futuretech Website


AICD Scholarships – Applications Open

AICD is launching a range of exciting new scholarships for both members and non-members, that will give directors and executives the opportunity to develop their skills and capabilities to be our leaders into the future. The AICD is proud of the work they do in the not-for-profit sector and their program to promote diversity in the boardroom. The new scholarships continue their important work in these areas.

They encourage all who fit the criteria to apply for the following scholarships:

Not-for-profit (NFP) Scholarships
140 AICD funded NFP scholarships will be made available to executives and directors of small NFP organisations to complete a range of AICD short courses.

Disability Sector Diversity Scholarships
10 Federal Government funded scholarships will be awarded to women involved in non-commercial organisations in the disability sector, providing them with the opportunity to complete the Company Directors Course™ and 12 months' AICD membership.


There are also two specific Victorian Scholarship opportunities available from AICD.

Women’s Board Leadership Program

The Victorian Government is offering scholarships to Victorian women to help build their board capabilities. AICD is pleased to partner with Government in supporting this important initiative.

Warrnambool and Great South Coast- Two Partial Scholarships

Applications are open now and close on Monday 21 August 2017. The successful recipients will be notified on Tuesday 29 August 2017. Please note that successful applicants must be available to attend the Warrnambool Company Directors Course for five consecutive Mondays, commencing 2 October 2017.

For further information please click here.


Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

Vocational education and training (VET) plays a vital role in ensuring Australia has the skilled workforce it needs to drive innovation and economic growth. Australia’s economic prosperity depends upon the quality of our VET graduates, the outcomes of the training they receive and their possession of skills employers need.

To ensure the ongoing quality and reputation of VET it is critical that the legislative framework governing the sector is sustainable, efficient and effective and that it responds to the needs of students, training organisations and employers.

The review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act) and its associated legislative framework will assess the suitability and capacity of the framework to ensure students and employers can access quality training into the future.

An opportunity for public submissions will be made available in the near future. Please continue to check this page for updates.

Further information on the review

• Review Fact Sheet

• Terms of Reference

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, has approved the Terms of Reference for the review.

For further information please click here.


ASQA - Fast-Paced Training a Risk to the VET system

The quality of the VET system is being put at risk by a myriad of short courses of varying lengths being offered by training providers,according to the national VET regulator.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) found that more than a quarter of some 11,000 courses advertised on websites had durations below the minimum of the Australian Quality Framework (AQF).

The report, A review of issues relating to unduly short training, says the system is characterised by "a myriad of different and somewhat ad hoc duration requirements".

It finds that one of the worst cases of fast-paced learning relates to the key Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE), which had the highest proportion of course durations below 50 per cent of the AQF minimum.

"This presents a key risk factor for entire VET system as poor quality delivery of the TAE has a compounding effect on the quality of delivery and assessment for all vocational training in Australia," the report says.

The report recommends defining the term ‘amount of training’ in training packages and VET accredited courses; enabling Industry Reference Committees to define training delivery requirements; and requiring public disclosure of course duration in product disclosure statements


2017 Field Officers Conference 17-18 August Geelong – Registrations 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.


South Australia - Jobs Accelerator Grants

As part of the SA State Budget released on Thursday 22nd June 2017, the Government announced an increase for the Jobs Accelerator Grants offered to employers who employ a new apprentice or trainee.This announcement spells a real win for Group Training organisations, making it far more lucrative for Host Employers to take on a new apprentice or trainee.

Businesses that register a new employee for a Job Accelerator Grant (JAG) will receive an extra $5000 if the person employed is an apprentice or trainee, as part of a State Budget measure designed to boost employment among young people.

The expanded grant scheme means businesses with payrolls between $600,000 and $5 million will receive up to $15,000 for each apprentice above current staffing levels, while small businesses with payrolls up to $600,000 will receive up to $9000.

Businesses must register an additional employee within 90 days of the employee’s commencement date. There is no limit to the number of times a business can access the grants. Businesses can register here.


 ACNC Update

New guidance: crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular method of online fundraising for individuals, businesses, not-for-profits and charities.

To assist donors and charities, we have published guidance on this emerging fundraising practice.

Although crowdfunding has the potential to provide great benefits for charities and donors, there are some aspects of the practice that people need to consider before embarking on a campaign or donating to a cause.

If you are considering the use of crowdfunding, you can download the guide here.


90% of charities have submitted their 2016 Annual Information Statement

Along with 31 January, the end of the financial year is a key due date in the registered charity annual reporting cycle. As at 30 June, 90% of registered charities had submitted their 2016 Annual information Statement – up from 77% at the same time last year.

This is a great achievement, and is evidence of a genuine commitment to accountability and transparency.

The remaining 10% will soon receive overdue reminder notices.

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.


What Does It Take to Become an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality?

Workplace Gender Equality Agency has now opened applications for the Agency’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation.

The citation recognises Australian workplaces that are leading the way on gender equality.

When you see an organisation display the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality logo, you know it supports women and men by:

• offering flexible work 

• tackling gender pay gaps

• supporting parents and carers 

• encouraging gender balanced leadership teams.

The citation provides a roadmap to better gender equality outcomes, which in turn leads to better business performance. It also helps organisations attract and retain the best people by publicly recognising their commitment to improving gender equality.

In 2016 over 100 organisations from a range of industries received the citation.

If your organisation is taking action on gender equality, find out how to apply and attend one of our upcoming webinars


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 166 job ads and 4 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