AE News Volume 10, Issue 27

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference

23 AUGUST -   QA/GTO Standards



The Metro Tunnel Update

The design and builders for the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history have been selected, paving the way for more trains and the creation of thousands of new jobs across Victoria.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan last week to announce that the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – has been selected to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.

The Tunnels and Stations package will create more than 5,000 jobs, including apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

The project will build five new underground stations, each with its own identity. They will include wider platforms, more natural light and sweeping arches, bringing world-class urban design to the heart of Melbourne and its train network.

There will be revitalised open space above ground at all five stations, and additional entrances to reduce crowding on major streets in the CBD, including two entrances at City Square, and at Swanston Street, Flinders Street, Federation Square, Franklin Street and La Trobe Street.

In Parkville, a new entrance will be built on the doorstep of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, giving thousands of people from Melbourne and regional Victoria better access to the Hospital.

For further information please click here.

Metro Tunnel Website


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.


Worldskills Update

Skillaroos and Team Australia Announced

With just over 80 days until the opening of the world’s largest skills competition taking place Abu Dhabi WorldSkills Australia has selected an elite team of 43 people including 18 competitors, mentors and officials who will represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills International competition.

The 18 young men and women from across Australia, known as the Skillaroos, who will compete against the best apprentices and trainees from the 77 WorldSkills member countries are all dreaming of becoming the World Champion in their chosen trade or skill area. The Skillaroos are all aged 19 to 22, and represent a wide range of trades and skills, with the majority aligning with the National Skills Needs list. These include bricklaying, patisserie and confectionery, heavy vehicle mechanics, hairdressing, landscape gardening, refrigeration and air-conditioning, carpentry, wall and floor tiling.

The 44th WorldSkills International Competition, to be held in Abu Dhabi, October 14 to 19, will see more than 3000 participants including Competitors, Experts and Officials, from 77 countries compete in 51 skills. Australia, currently ranked 12th in the world, is aiming to finish in the top 10 in 2017.

WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd congratulated the Skillaroos and Team Australia on their selection. He said they had been chosen following an arduous training regime and their success at the national WorldSkills championships held in Melbourne last year.
“This team has consistently shown the dedication, commitment and excellence we require of Team Australia when they represent our nation against the rest of the world,” said Mr Judd.

“I applaud their determination and congratulate them on their selection. But their success would not have been possible without the dedication and support of their skills mentors. The WorldSkills experts have been selected because they represent the best of their industry or skill category. They are also passionate about helping develop their industry and young competitor.”

Mr Judd said WorldSkills Australia was nurturing and developing the skills of young Australians, and highlighting the opportunities available to those pursuing a trade or skill.

“These young people are excelling in their chosen fields and many have already been rewarded with international experience and opportunities,” he said. “Their trades are really taking them places.”


Team Australia is:

3D Digital Game Art

• Skillaroo: Alex Schmidt (WA)

• Expert: David Bartolo (NSW)


Industrial Mechanic Millwright

• Skillaroo: Brad Ingham (NSW)

• Expert: Pete Buttenshaw (NSW)

Beauty Therapy

• Skillaroo: Lily Campbell (NSW)

• Expert: Naomi Zadow (NSW)



• Skillaroo: Joshua Morrissey (NSW)

• Expert: Dion Iori (NSW)


• Skillaroo: Trystan Sammut (Vic)

• Expert: Troy Everett (NSW)


Landscape Gardening

• Skillaroos: Alex Halls (NSW) and Dougal King (ACT)

• Expert: Michael Blasch (ACT)


• Skillaroo: Nick Johnston (WA)

• Expert: Jason Hindes (SA)


Patisserie & Confectionery

• Skillaroo: Mary George (NSW)

• Expert: Herve Boutin (NSW)

Car Painting

• Skillaroo: Dusti-lee Franchi (WA)

• Expert: Brad Franklin (NSW)


Refrigeration & Airconditioning

• Skillaroo: Nathan McHugh (QLD)

• Expert: Carl Balke (QLD)


• Skillaroo: Ryan Grieger (SA)

• Expert: Allen Hill (NSW)


Restaurant Service

• Skillaroo: Emilia Montague (QLD)

• Expert: James Sun (NSW)

Construction Metal Work

• Skillaroo: Brett Mcpaul (NSW)

• Expert: Craig McVittie (NSW)


Wall & Floor Tiling

• Skillaroo: Brayden Gauci (NSW)

• Expert: Peter Steinweiss (NSW)


• Skillaroo: Gaby Ware (NSW)

• Expert: Donna DeMaria (NSW)



• Skillaroo: Dylan Bolch (NSW)

• Experts: Paul Condran (NSW) & Mark Williams (NSW)

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance

• Skillaroo: Louise Azzopardi (NSW)

• Expert: Milorad Pirovic (NSW)



New Worldskills Australia website was also recently launched – to view the new site please click here.


Upcoming Worldskills - Regional events in Victoria


20 July, Retail Butchery, Central Victoria
25 August, Autobody Repair, Central Victoria

30 August, Joinery, Melbourne East
30 August, Cabinetmaking, Melbourne East

1 September, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Central Victoria
1 September, Vehicle Painting, Central Victoria 

22 September, Carpentry, Central Victoria
22 September, Electrical Installation, Central Victoria 

22 September, Landscape Construction, Central Victoria
22 September, Painting & Decorating, Central Victoria

22 September, Plumbing, Central Victoria
22 September, Turning, Central Victoria


Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball Saturday 21 October– tickets now available

Tickets are now available to the Bullyzero Australia Foundation – Charity Ball being held on Saturday 21 October – Melbourne Docklands.

This is a great cause – so please show your support.

For further information please click here.

Or download the Flyer


ASQA Update


Annual ASQA Survey 2017

In the coming weeks ASQA-regulated training providers and other VET sector industry stakeholders will receive an invitation to participate in ASQA’s annual survey.

The survey is designed to gauge training providers’ and stakeholders’ views on the range of activities that ASQA undertakes and assess the authority’s performance against its statutory functions.

ASQA has engaged Australian Survey Research Pty Ltd (ASR) to conduct the survey. ASR will contact you by email and their email will contain your unique link to the survey.

Participation in this survey is voluntary. However, feedback provided will help contribute to continuous improvement in ASQA's regulatory operations. Feedback provided in previous surveys led to improved application processing timeframes and changes in the way ASQA has handled enquiries to its Info Line and email enquiries service, as well as enhancements to the ASQA website and engagement with industry stakeholders.

For further information please click here.

ASQA releases findings of national strategic review into course duration

ASQA has published the findings of its national strategic review into which found that the long-term quality of Australia’s VET sector is at risk unless the issue of unduly short training is definitively addressed.

The report makes three broad recommendations to address the issues identified, including changes to the way course duration is regulated.

Read the report

Read the media release


TAFE NSW and Group Training agree to Standardise Skills


TAFE NSW and the group training sector in NSW and ACT have signed an MoU to set a standardised model for training of apprentices.

The agreement is aimed at avoiding a situation where students enter the workforce with varied skill sets.

TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black signed the agreement with the Chair of the Apprentice Employment Network of NSW & ACT (AENNSWACT), John Liddicoat.

AENNSWACT Chief Executive Jason Sultana said inconsistencies in the training model had caused difficulty for students and industry.

“Until today we would have one local TAFE teacher deciding the training which could be different from another," he said.

For further information 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.


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 154 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