AE News - Volume 9, Issue 10

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

19 APRIL - RTO / E-Learning Network

10 MAY - GTO Managers Network

18 MAY - Field Officers Network


Victorian Training Awards – Nominations Open

On Thursday this week the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, officially opened nominations for the 2016 State Training Awards, which are now in their 62nd year.

The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students, teachers, employers and training providers, and recognise collaboration and innovation in the training system.

This year’s awards feature 15 categories, six individual and nine organisational awards including Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Koorie Student of the Year, VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year as well as Small Training Provider of the Year.

Members of the public will again have a chance to vote in the Community Choice Award, which was created last year by the Minister. The inaugural Lynne Kosky Memorial Award will also be added as a new award category this year, recognising lifetime achievement in the promotion of educational excellence in VET in Victoria.

Winners will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards to be held in Melbourne later this year.

Each individual winner will receive $10,000 to be spent on future training. In many cases, winners will have the opportunity to then represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin in November.

Applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated by others. Nominating is easier this year. Go to and help celebrate training excellence.

Nominations close on 26 May at 5pm.

For further information please click here


Worksafe Victoria launch -

Last year, WorkSafe conducted more than 40,000 inspections of Victorian workplaces just like yours. And we issued 16,500 improvement notices.

We know the devastation that comes with workplace injuries – to the worker, their family, workmates and employer. And we know no employer wants to face a criminal conviction and significant fines if found guilty of breaching Occupational Health and Safety laws.

Are you prepared for a WorkSafe inspector to show up at your workplace?

Go to and learn more about what inspectors look for, plus ways to continuously improve the safety of your workplace.

You’ll find videos with WorkSafe inspectors showing you how to do your own inspection, plus tools to get practical and personalised health and safety advice for your workplace.


New Date For Victorian State Budget

Treasurer Tim Pallas this week announced that the 2016-17 Victorian State Budget will be brought forward to Wednesday 27 April, 2016.

This ensures the Victorian Budget remains one week before the Federal Budget, which is now being handed down on 3 May.

This provides certainty to Victorians and protects the integrity of the State budget process, as well as providing the community with a clear opportunity to assess its contents.

The Victorian Legislative Assembly will sit on 27 April, with the budget reply to take place in the following sitting week on a day to be determined in consultation with the Victorian Opposition.

For further information please click here 


ASQA’s Briefing Sessions getting ready to roll out

ASQA will commence its 2016 Training Provider Briefing Sessions in Sydney in just over a week. More than 4,200 people have already registered for one of the 36 sessions happening across Australia. While 16 sessions have reached full capacity, it’s not too late to register to attend a briefing.

There are seats still available in all states and territories together with the live webcast if you’d like to join online.

You can book a seat at one of the following sessions:

Melbourne, VIC

• Thursday 28 April 2016

• Thursday 26 May 2016


Have a happy and safe Easter !!!

On behalf of the team at AEN we would like to wish you a safe and happy Easter

The next edition of our weekly e-newsletter will return to its normal Friday position on 1 April

The Apprenticeship Employment Network office will be closed from Good Friday (25 March) through to Easter Monday (28 March) and will reopen on Tuesday 29 March 2016.


The Needanapprentice website currently has 42 job ads and 22 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