AEN Mid-Year Conference 6 & 7 June 2019

06JunAll Day07AEN Mid-Year Conference 6 & 7 June 2019(All Day)(GMT+10:00) RACV Goldfields, 1500 Midland Highway Creswick 3363

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AEN Mid-year Conference 6 & 7 June, RACV Goldfields Resort Registrations are now open

This year AEN is holding its mid-year conference at the RACV Goldfields Resort in Creswick on the 6 & 7 June 2019.

Over the one and half day conference guests will hear from representatives of the Victorian Government and this year’s event promises to be jammed packed with a range of topics and updates.


All delegates must organise their own accommodation. Please contact RACV Goldfields Resort on 03 5345 9600 or

go to the RACV Goldfields website  to check out the Corporate Rates. Please note that RACV service or Club members, can utilise their membership to book accommodation for even further savings.

When booking at the RACV Goldfields Resort, let them know you will be attending the conference and they will give you the conference rate. Prices start from $169.00 per night including breakfast. 


Early bird registration now open. Register below by COB 22 May 2019.

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Speakers for this event

  • Angela Gaylard

    Angela Gaylard

    Collective Impact

    Collective Impact

  • Carl Walsh

    Carl Walsh

    Department of Education and Training

    Department of Education and Training

  • Debbie Reynolds

    Debbie Reynolds



  • Diana McGowan

    Diana McGowan



  • Fiona Lawrie

    Fiona Lawrie

    Tradeswomen Australia

    Tradeswomen Australia

  • Gary Workman

    Gary Workman

    Executive Director

    Apprenticeship Employment Network

    Gary assumed the role in 2009 and leads AEN and its members on public policy and research activities, including overseeing relationships with a wide range of industry and government stakeholders.

    Gary brings over 20 years experience in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, and has worked on numerous government and industry projects including the areas of workforce development, apprenticeships, OH&S and the environment.

    He is a member of the Victorian Governments Apprenticeship Taskforce through the Victorian Skills Commission Office since 2016.

    Gary is also an ambassador for the Bullyzero Australia Foundation which supports the awareness of workplace bullying and mental health issues.

    Executive Director

  • James Nash

    James Nash

    Nash Training Services

    Nash Training Services

  • Janet Nicholson

    Janet Nicholson



  • Jarrod Cartwright

    Jarrod Cartwright

    Apprenticeship Support Australia

    Manager, Contract Operations (VIC)

    Jarrod has
    worked with Apprenticeship Support Australia for over 15 years across various
    field, compliance and operational leadership roles. For the last seven years,
    Jarrod has been in the role of Manager, Contract Operations which oversee the
    compliance and contract management of Apprenticeship Support Australia’s
    Victorian operations as well as the management across the client services
    centre which includes claims and contract processing.


    experience includes working within field operations and support services across
    both Metro Melbourne and the regional network, together with business
    development and management of key national accounts.

    Apprenticeship Support Australia

  • Neil Coulson

    Neil Coulson

    Victorian Skills Commissioner

    Victorian Skills Commissioner

  • Ross Reeves

    Ross Reeves

    Bunnings Warehouse

    Bunnings Warehouse

  • Steve Dargavel

    Steve Dargavel

    Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner

    Steve leads the work of
    Victoria’s Labour Hire Authority (LHA), protecting workers from exploitation
    and improving the integrity and transparency of the labour hire industry.

    Since being appointed as
    Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner in 2018, Steve has established the
    regulator, brought over 5,000 labour hire providers into the scheme, and driven
    an extensive program of licensing, compliance and enforcement work.

    Steve has devoted his career
    to protecting the rights of vulnerable workers. Having started his career as a
    youth worker, Steve moved into various roles with the Australian Manufacturing
    Workers Union (AMWU) including that of State Secretary.

    Steve progressed key reforms including
    the Fair Entitlements Guarantee and improvements to government procurement arrangements
    and has worked with diverse stakeholders across government and the private
    sector. Steve has served on several boards in his career, including the
    Industry Capability Network and CoInvest.

    Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner

  • Yossi Goldfarb

    Yossi Goldfarb

    Department of Jobs

    Department of Jobs


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • June 6, 2019
    • 10:30am Welcome10:30am- 10.40am
    • 10:40am GTO Update10:40am- 11:20am
      Speakers: Carl Walsh
    • 11:20am Youth Employment Programs11:20am- 12:00pm
      Speakers: Jessica Ziersch, Yossi Goldfarb
    • 12:00pm Commonwealth Apprenticeship Employment Incentives 12:00pm- 12:40pm
      Speakers: Jarrod Cartwright
    • 12:40pm Lunch12:40pm- 1:30pm
    • 1:30pm GTO Standards Update1:30pm- 2:10pm
      Speakers: Diana McGowan, Simon Smith
    • 1:30pm RTO Compliance Update (Breakout Room)1:30pm- 3:30pm
      Speakers: James Nash
    • 2:10pm Labour Hire Commisioner Update2:10pm- 2:50pm
      Speakers: Steve Dargavel
    • 2:50pm Global Apprenticeship Network2:50pm- 3:30pm
      Speakers: Gary Workman
    • 3:30pm Afternoon Tea3:30pm- 4:00pm
    • 4:00pm IR Awards Update4:00pm- 4:40pm
      Speakers: Janet Nicholson
    • 4:40pm AEN Update4:40pm- 5:20pm
      Speakers: Gary Workman
    • 5:20pm Close Day 15:20pm- 5:20pm
    • 6:30pm Pre-Dinner Drinks6:30pm- 7:00pm
    • 7:00pm Dinner (Including apprentice ambassador)7:00pm- 10:00pm
    • June 7, 2019
    • 9:00am Victorian Skills Commissioner 9:00am- 9:50am
      Speakers: Neil Coulson
    • 9:50am Apprentice Powerpass9:50am- 10:20am
      Speakers: Ross Reeves
    • 10:20am Morning Tea10:20am- 11:00am
    • 11:00am RMIT Update11:00am- 11:20am
      Speakers: Debbie Reynolds
    • 11:20am Australian Apprenticeship Information Services11:20am- 11:40am
    • 11:40am Women in Trades11:40am- 12:55am
      Speakers: Angela Gaylard, Fiona Lawrie
    • 12:55pm Conference Close12:55pm- 1:00pm
    • 1:00pm Lunch1:00pm- 1:30pm


June 6 (Thursday) - 7 (Friday)(GMT+10:00)


RACV Goldfields

1500 Midland Highway Creswick 3363

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