Field Officers Conference

30AugAll Day31Field Officers Conference(All Day)(GMT+10:00) Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD

Event Details

This year AEN is holding its Field Officers Conference at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne.

This years conference includes an exciting team building activity along with industry updates and workshops. Full program and ticket sales below. 


Date: Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 August 2023
Location: Rendezvous Hotel
328 Flinders Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000 
Time: Day 1 Conference: 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Conference Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm  
Day 2 Conference: 8.30am – 1.45pm
Dress Code: Business Casual



All delegates must arrange their own accommodation. 


Car parking & Transport

Onsight parking is available   All parking is subject to availability. Daily Parking $25.00 per car.

Venue is a short walk from Flinders Street Station.


Registrations Close: Wednesday 23 2023  


Enquiries: Penny Mure – or 03 9639 3955.


A surcharge of 2% will apply to all payments by credit card. EFT and payment on invoice is not available.

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

  • Corey Mckernan

    Corey Mckernan

    Mckernan played at the highest level for over 12 years in a career which
    included two AFL Premierships in 1996 and 1999 with North Melbourne, a Best and
    Fairest and the league’s Most Valuable Player award. 
    understands highs and lows of sports having seen both ends during his career.

    football saw him do tours to the biggest events on the planet and met the
    biggest names in sports, business and entertainment.  
    US Masters Tours, Super and the biggest NFL games were just some of the tours
    that he brought peoples dreams come through.  
    Also, around the same time he finished playing football he bought a pub and built it
    from the ground up, making The Leveson in North Melbourne one of the best
    multi-purpose venues in Melbourne.  

    days, Corey is the founder of his Not For Profit, Walk With Me. An organisation
    that aims to give back to the community through training workshops and ongoing
    support programs led by elite athletes.  
    with me started at the height of Australia’s Covid-19 lockdown in May 2020.
    After reading an article detailing concerns about people’s mental health with restricted
    living, Corey wondered how he could help. He came up with the idea to deliver a
    group walk over Zoom. Anyone could join and be connected to a supportive
    walking group.


    then, the organisation has grown to embody their new vision of: Elite athletes
    supporting mental health. Through their live community training session, and
    their Australia wide events, Walk With Me is delivering on their promise of
    supplying the community with tools for great mental health. 

  • Corporate Challenge Events

    Corporate Challenge Events

    Team Building Activity

    Corporate Challenge Events

    Corporate Challenge Events was founded in 1994 by two RMIT
    University students, Travis Ireland and Dwain Richardson. Originally focused on
    team building events, the company has established itself as a leading provider
    of engaging and result-oriented team building programs in Australia. As demand
    increased, they expanded their operations and opened a New Zealand office in
    2008, becoming a leader in team building in New Zealand as well. 

    The company
    responded to market needs by launching two new services: Conferences &
    Events in 2013 and Team Building Workshops in 2016. Today, they strive to
    create positive and fun team cultures through their comprehensive range of

    Team Building Activity

  • 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

  • Mick Donehue

    Mick Donehue

  • Natashya Vikram

    Natashya Vikram

    Financial Planning Manager AustralianSuper

    Financial Planning Manager AustralianSuper

  • Peter Treseder

    Peter Treseder

    Education Manager, Membership and Brand

    Australian Super

    Education Manager, Membership and Brand

  • Sharan Burrow

    Sharan Burrow

    Chair, Apprentice Safety Taskforce

    Chair, Apprentice Safety Taskforce


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • 30/08/2023
    • 10.00am Delegate Registration & Morning Tea10.00am- 10.25am
    • 10.30am Conference Opening10.30am- 10.35am
      Speakers: Peter Treseder
    • 10.35am Welcome & Acknowledgement10.35am- 10.40am
      Speakers: Gary Workman
    • 10.40am Apprenticeships Victoria Update10.40am- 11.20am
    • 11.20am AEN Update and Challenges Field Officers Face Today11.20am- 12.30pm
      Open Forum 
      Speakers: Gary Workman
    • 12.30pm Networking Lunch12.30pm- 1.30pm
    • 1.30pm Financial Awareness1.30pm- 2.00pm
      Speakers: Gary Workman, Natashya Vikram
    • 2.00pm Team Building Activity2.00pm- 4.50pm

      City Scramble is a fun adventure where teams will learn how much they know about the city. With a camera, maps, money and a list of items to collect or photograph, teams will be let loose in a scramble around the city.

      Speakers: Corporate Challenge Events
    • 4.50pm Conference Close4.50pm- 5.00pm
    • 6.30pm Conference Dinner6.30pm- 9.30pm

      Pre-Dinner Drinks & Canapes followed by sit down dinner.

      Speakers: Corey Mckernan
    • 31/08/2023
    • 8.30am Delegate Registration8.30am- 8.55am
    • 9.00am Conference Opening & Welcome9.00am- 9.05am
      Speakers: Peter Treseder
    • 9.05am Apprentice Safety Taskforce Workshop9.05am- 10.05am
      Speakers: Sharan Burrow
    • 10.05am Drug and Alcohol / Mental Health Workshop10.05am- 11.00pm

      Mick Donehue has been the National Services Manager with ADES for more than 7 years. Mick is not afraid to talk about the big issues that face our society today when it comes to alcohol, drugs and mental health. Throughout his life Mick has battled depression and alcohol abuse. Mick has also had loved ones affected by mental illness and substance addiction which has fueled his passion to bring these issues into the community for discussion.

      Mick has vast experience as a mental health advocate with several organisations. Mick’s key messages are all about normalising a difficult conversation, surrounding yourself with the right people and finding your key coping mechanisms to stay on top of life.

      Mick has spoken to audiences across Australia and New Zealand, has been a guest at mental health and suicide prevention forums, and discussed his story at length on various videos and podcast episodes.

      In his spare time Mick runs a mental health clothing label called Journey Apparel, which aims to create conversation. Furthermore, Mick is a drummer which has seen him support international artists and perform to crowds across Australia. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, his dog and training to stay on top of his mental health. Mick’s story is proof that if you set goals and put the right steps in place you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

      Speakers: Ashley Gurney, Mick Donehue
    • 11.00am Morning Tea11.00am- 11.30am
    • 11.30am Drug and Alcohol/Mental Health Workshop..Cont.11.30am- 1.00pm
      Speakers: Ashley Gurney, Mick Donehue
    • 1.00pm Conference Close
      Speakers: Peter Treseder
    • 1.00pm Networking Lunch1.00pm- 1.45pm


August 30 (Wednesday) - 31 (Thursday)(GMT+10:00)


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328 Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD

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