VET Funding Review

In recent years the Victorian VET funding system has undergone significant upheaval. Rapid and repeated changes to funding settings have undermined the stability of the system. The government TAFE sector has been particularly impacted, resulting in serious concerns about TAFE institutes’ ability to meet the needs of industry and their communities.

An independent review of VET funding will provide the advice the Government needs to craft a more stable funding system and ensure its investment in training aligns with the goals of the Government’s Back to Work plan.

In Victoria, this means growing job and training opportunities not just now but for decades to come across a diverse range of industries. Key growth areas have been identified where Victoria can build on existing strengths – in the service industries (professional services, and social and personal services) and medical technology and pharmaceuticals, new energy technology, food and fibre, transport, defence and construction technology, and international education.

Community consultation sessions will be arranged with stakeholders including: public and private providers, community providers, parents, students, community members and other interested parties.

Consultation sessions will be held in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas across Victoria.

Shepparton – North Shepparton Community Centre, 10-14 Parkside Drive, Tuesday 28 July 2015, 10.30- 11.30am

Bendigo – Capital Theatre, 50 View St, Tuesday 28 July 2015, 2- 3pm

Melbourne – Venue & Time TBC

If you would like to register your attendance at one of the sessions above, please contact the VET Funding Review Team on
03 8537 2791 or [email protected]

This website will be updated with further details when available

Victorian Government – funds LLENs for 2015

CRLLEN LogoThe Government of Victoria has announced funding for all 31 LLENs across Victoria, including the Central Ranges LLEN.

The commitment is for one year, in 2015, at $8 Million across all 31 LLENs.





See media release Minister Martin Dixon.

This is great news for the LLEN Network to ensure we can continue our work for at least one more year.  It was hoped the current government would match Labor’s electoral commitment of four years at $ 8 Million dollars.

The LLEN Network will continue to advocate for sustainable funding beyond 2015.

Central Ranges LLEN – welcomes Labor party commitment to 4 years funding


The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Networks, has welcomed the announcement by the Labor Party that it will continue to provide funding for the next four years, if it wins the state election in November.

The LLENs, which have existed since 2001, have been co-funded by the Victorian and federal governments from 2010 to 2014, but from next year, funding will be the responsibility of the Victorian government alone.

In 2014, the Federal Government funded LLENs $10 million and the Victorian government funded LLENs $2.3 Million, a total budget of $12.3 million.

The Labor party has committed to $32 million over 4 years to continue funding the LLEN network of 31 LLENs across Victoria.

“The Labor party funding announcement is particularly welcome after the latest jobless figures showing the unemployment rate for 15-19 year olds is at a 17 year high of 20 per cent,” said Mr Mike Grogan Chair of the LLEN Chair Network.

“This decision by the state Labor party secures the future of the LLENs in Victoria and will enable the LLENs to continue to assist younger Victorians into employment pathways, if Labor is elected at the upcoming state election” said Acting Chair of the State LLEN Network and Chief Executive Officer of Central Ranges LLEN, Mr Boyd Maplestone.

“The LLEN Network is encouraged by this decision and is also seeking support from the current government to commit to the long term future of LLENs”, Mr Maplestone said.

“Our work has proven vital in improving outcomes for young people by increasing education and job opportunities for young people, particularly those at risk of disengaging, or who have already disengaged from education and training and are not in meaningful employment” said Mr Maplestone.

In the last four years, the LLEN network has assisted more than 250,000 young Victorians who were at risk of disengaging, or who had already disengaged from school, training or work.

Every year, we set up and monitor more than 850 partnerships between schools, training organisations, employers and community agencies. Our ongoing work is so important to our communities.

Local Government calls on Premier to sufficiently fund Local Learning and Employment Networks


Local governments across Victoria voted for the Municipal Association of Victoria “to call on the Premier of Victoria to commit sufficient funding for the 31 LLENs across Victoria to secure their programs into the future.”

Mayor, Cr Roger Jukes said that Macedon Ranges Shire Council worked closely with the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network to assist young people in the shire.

“Council has had a long-standing relationship with this network. It has been instrumental in helping us and local schools support young people in our shire into employment and training,” he said.

Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Margaret Rae said “the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (CRLLEN) is an established organisation and long term achiever in supporting young people in this region.

CRLLEN provides a critical link between the broader community, industry and young people, which is vital to assisting overall improvements of economic growth for the region and tackling the increasing youth unemployment rate.

LLEN’s are trusted local organisations across Victoria that provide transition and employment outcomes for young people. No other organisations are as uniquely positioned to undertake this work.”

  • LLENs use their knowledge of the region to influence strategic planning and broker partnerships among key stakeholders to support young people to remain engaged, or re-engage, in education or training as well as pathways to employment.  LLENs create and develop sustainable relationships, partnerships and broker initiatives with and across local education providers, industry and community.
  • LLENs make a difference in communities by enabling individuals and organisations to collaborate their ideas and strategies into beneficial partnerships. LLENs create strategic, sustainable partnerships that improve education and transition outcomes for young people, including increasing Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates.
  • LLENs have been in operation for over 13 years across the state, working with young people at risk of disengaging, or who have already disengaged, from education and training and are not in meaningful employment by focusing on increased participation, improving educational attainment and transitional outcomes as well as increasing career aspirations to build a generation of work ready young people.
  • LLENs also facilitate and support a range of initiatives, through partnerships and collaboration with and across stakeholders as well as providing local advice on statewide policy and program issues and serving as an active platform for joining government initiatives with local education and training systems.

Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Chair Doreen Power said “We thank the Councils for their support of the important work we do. Since the last state election the LLEN network across Victoria has assisted approximately 250,000 young people. Every year the LLEN network facilitates over 850 partnerships.

We call on Government to continue ongoing sustainable funding to the LLEN network across Victoria, $13 million annually index linked so we can continue this vital work. For every $1 invested by the State Government an additional $2 is leveraged by LLEN’s in the community.*”

The work of Central Ranges LLEN is fundamental in ensuring that our young people in Victorian regional and rural areas are not left behind and young people are building strong links with educational providers and local employers.

  • CRLLEN facilitated the $11.3 million Trade Training Centre partnership providing industry standard training opportunities to approximately 3,000 young people previously unavailable to local students.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Lower Hume VET Cluster partnership for the past four years, increasing the Vocational Education and Training in school enrolments by 94% within the three year period 2009 to 2012.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Murrindindi Training Needs Analysis reports in 2005 and 2013 providing detailed understanding of local industry training needs and trends across the Shire.
  • CRLLEN was a key partner in creating the Murrindindi Training Institute, a local partnership delivering post-school Vocational Training which is industry driven and supported.  This partnership is very important in light of 0% TAFE delivery in Murrindindi Shire, with no post-school TAFE options in the area (DEECD ACFE Data Pack 2011).
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Macedon Ranges Satellite VCAL program (alternative education) ten years ago in 2003, creating a partnership between schools and community organisations. This program has engaged 217 young people in a Senior Secondary Certificate over ten years, who were not engaged in school.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis reports in 2014 providing detailed understanding of local industry training needs and trends across the Shire.  This project also included building the capacity of all six Neighbourhood Houses to provide coordinated local industry training opportunities.
  • CRLLEN facilitated a new Flexible Learning Options (alternative education) program at Kyneton Community Learning Centre, in partnership with local schools and community organisations, to engage the most vulnerable young people in community back into education and training and pathway into Satellite VCAL program.  In 2013, 40 young people enrolled in the program.
  • CRLLEN facilitated the Koorie Pathways Program from 2010-2013 engaging over 100 Indigenous students and families in careers, industry and cultural activities raising the aspiration and attainment of local Indigenous students.

For more information on Central Ranges LLEN initiatives look at our recent Annual Report.

*Victorian LLEN Network survey of LLENs (2014).