Intermediate Auto Electrical Course coming to Ballarat 13 September 2016


SAE-A Light Vehicle and Motorcycle Modifications Seminar
VACC/Our Auto Member - Cost Discount Applies. Please enter coupon code VACC/OurAuto on payment

Click to register: Western Suburbs VIC -,26 July, 5.30pm - 9.00pm


Intermediate Auto Electrical Course Coming to Bendigo Soon

This popular course is scheduled for 6:00pm - 9:00pm, 22 June 2016.

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Last night's Intermediate Auto Electrical Course in Geelong


Intermediate Auto Electrical Course in Geelong - 6:00pm - 9:00pm, 4 May 2016

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Government subsidies available

To find your cost, please phone on 03 9829 1126.


Upcoming SAE-A Professional Development Courses

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 CAN for vehicle applications - 1 day training course - 20 Nov 2015

The aim of the course is to demonstrate the CAN protocol and how it is used in the automotive industry, also to present the standards of CAN that outline the variations of CAN and their uses.

Introduction to crash and technical accident investigation - 4.5 day training course - 23-27 Nov 2015

This course addresses the technical crash investigation and reconstruction technique competencies aligned with National and International practices . It will allow for the participants to effectively and efficiently examine, record and interpret the results of a collision and provide an opinion as to speed, direction of travel, vehicle and person movements and probable contributions of the human, vehicle and environment factors associated with the collision.

In-vehicle networking with LIN and FlexRay applications - 2 day training course - 26-27 Nov 2015

The aim of the course is to demonstrate the LIN and FlexRay network protocols and how they are used in the automotive industry.  Also to present the standards that outline their requirements and usage.

Mindfulness for improved leadership effectiveness and personal wellness - 2 day training workshop - 3-4 Dec 2015

Mindfulness is the quality and power of our mind that can be developed to become aware of what’s happening without automatic judgment and without interference. Mindfulness was practiced by our ancestors to train their mind and body interactions to alleviate their self-inflicted emotional and physical suffering. Today, it is being expanded and used in medicine, psychology, business, education… and is growing in popularity.

Mindfulness training teaches us how to reduce the distractions from our working environment as well as our constant stream of thoughts so that we can improve our focus of attention on our tasks at hand.

 Enquiries: Tel: (03) 9676 9568, Email:


SAE Seminar - Light Vehicle and Motorcycle Modifications

  • Western Suburbs - 15 October 2015
  • Eastern Suburbs - 26 October 2015
  • Modifying a Light Vehicle or Motorcycle in NSW (North Western Suburbs) - 11 November 2015.
  • If you've ever wondered about the things you can and can't do when modifying a vehicle, and how to find out if they're legal or not, then this is the seminar is for you

    For more information about the seminar and to register online, click here.


    Industry Skills Fund - Youth Stream

    Programmes now available nationally until 30 June 2016.

    The Industry Skills Fund - Youth Stream includes two pilot programmes, Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways. The programmes assist business by supporting job specific training for new, young employees; and community organisations to help young people return to school, start vocational training or move into work.

    Training for Employment Scholarships supports training that meets the needs of your business and assists young people who are newly employed, but require further training.

    If your business has less than 200 employees, and you have hired an unemployed person aged 18 to 24 years within the last three months, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7 500 for the cost of up to 26 weeks job specific training.

    For more information about the fund and the application process, click here.

    MONDAY, 27 JULY 2015

    VACC Business Leaders' Breakfasts - Book Your Table Now


    THURSDAY, 2 JULY 2015
    Victorian Government Back to Work Scheme - 13 21 61

    Businesses that hire a job seeker aged between 15 and 25, an out-of-trade apprentice, recently retrenched worker or long-term unemployed are now eligible to receive a Victorian Government Back to Work payment of up to $2,000.

    Applying for your Back to Work employer payment is simple and straightforward, taking only 15 minutes.

    Payments are made by electronic funds transfer directly into the nominated bank account within 15 working days of lodging the claim, if approved. 

    Alternatively, you can choose to offset your payment against any State Revenue Office liability, for example, payroll tax.

    For more information about the Back to Work Scheme please visit Victorian Government Back to Work or call the State Revenue Office on 13 21 61.

    WEDNESDAY, 4 JUNE 2015
    Small Business BIG Marketing

    Do you want to connect with existing and potential customers?

    This half-day event is dedicated to improving marketing practice across the small business sector.

    When: 7 August, 7:30am - 1pm

    Where: Melbourne Convention Centre, Plenary 2, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

    Cost: Early Bird $45 until 31 July or until sold out. Full Price $60

    To book and for more information on the event, go to Business Victoria Events.

    TUESDAY, 14 APRIL 2015
    Want to nominate an apprentice or employer for the 2015 Australian Training Awards?

    The peak, national awards ceremony for the vocational education and training (VET) sector -- the Australian Training Awards, will be held on Thursday 19 November 2015 in Hobart. For over 20 years, the Awards have recognised the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

    By showcasing exemplary individuals, businesses and RTOs, the Australian Training Awards promote continuous improvement and innovation in the design and delivery of VET and promotes greater awareness and respect for VET-based professions to the national public. 

    There are 18 categories presented at the Awards. Of these 18 categories, five are available for direct entry and worth nominating by members. Below are the categories recommended by VACC that members consider for direct entry:


    • National Achievement Award
    • Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award


    • Disability Training -- Employer Award
    • Australian Apprenticeships -- Employer Award

    Members are highly encouraged to nominate apprentices or employers who they believe have achieved excellence in their field. The VACC Skills Development Centre can help you in drafting your nomination.

    The closing date for the above award categories is 29 May 2015.

    More information on the award categories and their eligibility requirements is available at For assistance in drafting your nomination and other enquiries, please contact VACC SDC on 03 9829 1140.

    WEDNESDAY, 25 MARCH 2015
    Be Recognised Nationally! 2015 Australian Training Awards

    The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. For over 20 years, the Awards have recognised the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

    Applications close on Friday 29 May 2015. Free webinars are available to assist applicants to enter the categories.

    To find out about more about the 2015 Australian Training Awards, please see the Video here: 2015 Australian Training Awards, go to the Website:, or Phone (02) 6240 8155.

    THURSDAY, 5 MARCH 2015
    Applications are now open for the Industry Skills Fund –
    Youth Stream

    The Youth Stream of the Industry Skills Fund has launched two new pilot programmes – Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways.

    You can now submit an application form through or by calling 13 28 46. Please note that the new pilot programmes are only offered in selected locations around Australia. These regions can be found on the website.

    A range of information is available on to assist businesses and community service organisations interested in applying, including:

    • programme guidelines
    • a customer information guide
    • application forms
    • fact sheets

    Training for Employment Scholarships supports job-specific training that meets the needs of businesses and helps them to employ a young person who is suitable for the job but requires further training. 

    Youth Employment Pathways supports community service organisations to purchase or provide services to assist disengaged young people to get back to school, move into the workforce or start vocational education. 

    If you have any further questions about the Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream, please visit or call 13 28 46.

    New Training Complaints Hotline - 13 38 73

    Although the large majority of providers are doing the right thing, there are still a small number who are taking people for a ride.

    If you have had a first-hand experience with such a training provider, or been aggressively approached by people selling courses, get their business card, write down names, business details, phone numbers, email addresses, collect any flyers and contact the Training Complaints Hotline. Better still, before making a complaint why don't you give the Skills Development Centre a call so that we can assist you in registering your complaint to ensure you get a satisfactory outcome.

    Click here for the Media Release about the new Hotline.

    Industry Skills Fund - Growth Stream - 13 28 46

    The Federal Government has released the first stage of the Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream. The Fund will aims provide up to 200,000 training places and support services over four years, the fund is for SME’s and microbusinesses. Businesses and consortiums can apply. You can benefit from funding for skills advice and training grants and you will be required to co-contribute, the extent of which depends on the size of your business.

    For more information about the fund and the application process, click here.

    If you would like any assistance with unpacking this information, or in making an application, please contact us.


    Beware of Scam by Training Providers Selling Free Trade Paper Upgrades!

    "If your trade papers predate 2001 or 1999, the law has changed and you cannot perform roadworthies" - This is untrue

    "The law requires everyone in your business to have a current certificate III qualification" - This is also untrue

    "The Government is updating their register of mechanics" - This is also untrue, there is no such register

    This is what a couple of organisations are saying to members in order to get them to sign up to a free or low cost "upgrade".

    If members are approached by any such organisation, please obtain from them any written information you can get with these claims, and pass it onto us so that we can take action to stop this behaviour.

    The problem with this type of behaviour, is that credible programs designed to provide trade recognition to those working in the industry without a formal qualification, but with significant experience, or those returning to the industry after a long break on the tools are jeopardised. The Victorian Government recently cut funding by 50% to deter these types of organisations. It appears a cut in funding has simply incited them to market their wares more aggressively, while jeopardising legitimate training providers.

    VACC recognises that there is a need for trade recognition programs and have provided this type of support to the industry over many years. It should never be as easy as ticking boxes on a form. Members expect that when someone achieves trade recognition, that the papers reflect a qualification standard recognised by industry.

    Poorly conducted trade recognition schemes (or often referred to as RPL - Recognition of Prior Learning) means that the provider has accessed Government funds, and the recipient holds a qualification that may be lacking in credibility, or worse still, the recipient is not given the necessary training to meet the standard and is prevented from receiving any further government assistance in training.

    Another member recently reported that as he was completing his registration/application form, he was asked to not include information about his qualifications. This is very serious, as the member did not realise that by excluding the information, he risked being accused of fraud.

    Please contact the VACC Skills Development Centre on (03) 9829 1126, if you would like to undertake a trade recognition program or to report questionable activity.

    THURSDAY, 2 JULY 2015