2023 AEN Mid-Year Conference

27Jun(Jun 27)10:00 am28(Jun 28)1:45 pm2023 AEN Mid-Year Conference

Event Details

This year, AEN is holding its Mid-Year Conference at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields, Melbourne.

Over the one and half day conference, delegates will hear from special guest speakers and representatives of the Victorian Government.  This event promises to be jammed packed with a range of topics and updates, and will be followed by the conference dinner.

Date:Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 June 2023
Location:Hyatt Place, 1 English Street, Essendon Fields Melbourne
Time:Day 1 Conference: 10.00am – 5.40pm 
Conference Dinner: 6.30 – 10.30pm  
Day 2 Conference: 9am – 1.45pm
Dress Code:Business Casual



All delegates must organise their own accommodation. To receive a 10% discount off the daily rate, call 13 1234 and provide offer code BQST for room only or BQTB for bed and breakfast offerings.  


Car parking/Transport

Onsight parking is available in front of Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields.  All parking is subject to availability. Daily Parking $9.25 per car.

  • Tram route 59: Access to tram stop 56 on Matthews Avenue, Airport West and run via, Keilor Road, Mt Alexander Road, Fletcher Street, Pascoe Vale Road, Mt Alexander Road, Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street (City) to Flinders Street
  • Essendon Train Station – Craigieburn Line: Access to Moonee Ponds, Ascot Vale, Newmarket, Kensignton, North Melbourne, Southern Cross, Finders Street 



Ticket TypeMember Non-Member
Conference Only$575$625
Conference & Dinner$675$725
Conference Dinner Only$190$240


  • All prices include GST
  • A surcharge of 2% will apply to all payments by credit card. EFT and payment on invoice is not available
  • Tickets will be sent to the billing address email only


Registrations Close: COB Monday 12 June 2023

Enquiries: Penny Mure – penny@aen.org.au or 03 9639 3955.

Cancellation/refund policy: Cancellation notice of more than 14 working days prior to the event is fully refundable.  Cancellation notice of less than 14 working days prior to the event, NO REFUND. Substitution of attendees is allowed.  No refunds will be issued for incorrect tickets purchased.


Speakers for this event

  • Andrew Robson

    Andrew Robson


    Apprenticeships Information and Data Manager, AATIS

    With over 17 years’
    experience in the VET and Australian Apprenticeships industry, I am passionate
    about working with stakeholders to provide relevant and accurate information
    that meets their needs. As the Data and Accounts Manager at AATIS, my role
    includes creating data-based reports including the Australian Apprenticeships
    Summary Statistics and Qualifications Update reports, and managing technical
    information and user accounts on the AAPathways website.


  • Chris Ingham

    Chris Ingham


    A/Deputy CEO, Training and Skills


  • Craig Robertson

    Craig Robertson

    Victorian Skills Authority

    Chief Executive Officer

    Craig Robertson commenced as CEO of the Victorian Skills
    Authority in August 2021.  The authority
    is tasked by the Victorian Government to plan for post school education and
    training to help the economy recover from the pandemic and build up industry skills
    and support more Victorians into mainstream participation in work, further
    education and enterprise.

    Prior to this role Craig was the CEO of TAFE Directors
    Australia from April 2017, representing TAFEs Australia-wide.

    In 2015 and 2016 he was Deputy Secretary in the Department
    of Education and Training in Victoria and prior to that he had over thirty
    years in various roles in the Commonwealth Government, focused on schools
    funding, employment services and vocational education and training.

    Craig holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration
    and Bachelor of Education (Primary).

    Victorian Skills Authority

  • Dean Luciani

    Dean Luciani

    AEN Board Chair

    AEN Board Chair

  • Dr Peta Skujins

    Dr Peta Skujins

    Director, AATIS

    Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Services (AATIS)

    Director, AATIS

  • Fiona Sergi

    Fiona Sergi

    Senior Manager, Social Procurement Capability, Department of Government Services

    Senior Manager, Social Procurement Capability, Department of Government Services

  • Gary Workman

    Gary Workman

    Executive Director, AEN

    Apprenticeship Employment Network

    Executive Director, AEN

  • Janet Lui

    Janet Lui


    State Manager, Victoria Office, Workforce Australia Provider Division


  • Janet Nicolson

    Janet Nicolson




  • Jarrod Cartwright

    Jarrod Cartwright

    Apprenticeship Support Australia

    Manager, Contract Operations (VIC)

    Apprenticeship Support Australia

  • Kirsty Harcourt-Cooke

    Kirsty Harcourt-Cooke

    Department of Education

    Project Director, Delivery, Senior Secondary Pathways Reform Taskforce

    Kirsty has 10 years in the Victorian government
    where her expertise and leadership have shaped policies and initiatives
    impacting the training and skills landscape in Victoria. Kirsty is currently
    the Director, Delivery in the Senior Secondary Pathways Reform Taskforce at the
    Department of Education. Leading work on developing the Vocational and Applied
    Learning Workforce, as well as the expansion of Head Start, the wrap around
    support for all government School-based apprentices.


    Department of Education

  • Lisa Buckingham

    Lisa Buckingham

    Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria State Government

    Chief Executive Officer

    Buckingham is the Deputy Secretary, Employment and Small Business Group, which
    is part of the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions.  The ESB Group brings together Jobs Victoria,
    Small Business Victoria, Employment Policy and Strategy, and Business
    Operations and Digital Services.

    Lisa was appointed General Manager of Working
    for Victoria in March 2020 – a $500m job creation fund established to support
    Victorians who lost their jobs, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    In February 2021 she was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Jobs Victoria,
    and became Deputy Secretary Jobs Victoria, Secure Work and Inclusion in
    February 2022.  
    was also the inaugural CEO for Jobsbank, a not-for-profit organisation
    established in 2019 to support inclusive employment practices in Victoria.

    has more than 20 years’ experience across the Victorian and Commonwealth Public
    Services in a range of sectors including defence and national security,
    industrial relations, human services, health, and public sector and place-based

    Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria State Government

  • Minister Gayle Tierney

    Minister Gayle Tierney

    Minister for Training and Skills

    Minister for Training and Skills

  • Peter Treseder

    Peter Treseder

    Australian Super

    MC, Education Manager, Membership and Brand

    Australian Super

  • Rod McLellan

    Rod McLellan

    Development Victoria

    Project Director, Advisory Services

    Development Victoria

  • Steve Dargavel

    Steve Dargavel

    Labour Hire Commissioner

    Labour Hire Commissioner

  • The Hon. Gayle Tierney

    The Hon. Gayle Tierney

    Minister for Training and Skills, Minister, Minister for Higher Education, Minister for Agriculture

    Gayle understands the importance of communities and has
    dedicated her professional life to enhancing opportunities of the people she
    represents and works with. A constant is the importance she has placed on
    education, which is integral to thriving communities and economies. She is
    passionate about equality and creating opportunities for all members of society
    and is focused on building opportunities for women and culturally and
    linguistically diverse Victorians. These values underpinned her commitment to
    become a Member of Parliament.

    As the Member for Western Victoria she is dedicated to the
    quality provision of health, education, infrastructure and community services.
    She understands the unique qualities of the region and is committed to
    enhancing employment opportunities and collaborating with industry, and
    ensuring the government has a regional focus.

    Her policy priorities are the provision of excellence in
    education, training and skills, regional infrastructure. employment, economic
    growth and sustainability, gender equality, social inclusion and environmental

    Before entering Parliament, between 1989 to 2006, Gayle was
    the first female State Secretary of the Vehicle Division of the Australian
    Manufacturing Workers Union, and also the Federal President. During this period
    she was also an Executive member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

    Minister for Training and Skills, Minister, Minister for Higher Education, Minister for Agriculture


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • 27/06/2023
    • 9.30am Delegate Registration & Morning Tea on Arrival9.30am- 9.55am
    • 10.00am Conference Opening10.00am- 10.05am
      Speakers: Peter Treseder
    • 10.05am Welcome & Acknowledgement10.05am- 10.10am
      Speakers: Dean Luciani
    • 10.10am Update from Victorian Skills Authority – New Initiatives/Programs10.10am- 10.50am
      Speakers: Craig Robertson
    • 10.50am Commonwealth Games, Project Updates10.50am- 11.30am
      Speakers: Rod McLellan
    • 11.30am Update on DET – Headstart11.30am- 12.10pm
      Speakers: Kirsty Harcourt-Cooke
    • 12.10pm Networking Lunch12.10pm- 1.00pm
    • 1.00pm AEN Program Updates – Panel Session1.00pm- 2.00pm
    • 2.00pm Update from DEWR/Commonwealth Initiatives2.00pm- 2.40pm
      Speakers: Janet Lui
    • 2.40pm VRQA Update2.40pm- 3.20pm
      Speakers: Chris Ingham
    • 3.20pm Afternoon Tea3.20pm- 3.40pm
    • 3.40pm Social Procurement Framework3.40pm- 4.10pm
      Speakers: Fiona Sergi
    • 4.10pm Apprentice Incentives4.10pm- 4.40pm
      Speakers: Jarrod Cartwright
    • 4.40pm AEN Update4.40pm- 5.10pm
      Speakers: Gary Workman
    • 5.10pm Conference Close
      Speakers: Peter Treseder
    • 6.30pm Conference Dinner6.30pm- 10.30pm
    • 28/06/2023
    • 8.30am Delegate Registration Open8.30am- 9.10am
    • 9.15am Opening & Welcome9.15am- 9.20am
      Speakers: Peter Treseder
    • 9.20am Keynote Address: Ministers Office/Industry Update9.20am- 9.50am
      Speakers: Minister Gayle Tierney, The Hon. Gayle Tierney
    • 9.50am Updates on Jobs Victoria Programs9.50am- 10.30am
      Speakers: Lisa Buckingham
    • 10.30am Morning Tea10.30am- 10.50am
    • 10.50am Labour Hire Authority Update10.50am- 11.20am
      Speakers: Steve Dargavel
    • 11.20am Current AATIS Activities11.20am- 11.50am
      Speakers: Andrew Robson
    • 11.50am Industrial Relations Legislative Change11.50am- 12.20pm
      Speakers: Janet Nicolson
    • 12.20pm Employer Views on Apprentices and Essential Social Ventures Australia12.20pm- 1.00pm
    • 1.00pm Conference Close
      Speakers: Peter Treseder
    • 1.00pm Networking Lunch1.00pm- 1.45pm


27 (Tuesday) 10:00 am - 28 (Wednesday) 1:45 pm


Hyatt Place Melbourne Essendon Fields

1 English Street, Essendon Fields

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