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Annual Report
CGLLEN Skate Park Day

Push Cart Challenge

National Youth Week

Drone Zone (Engage!)

• To keep young people engaged with education and training until they have
successfully completed Year 12 or its equivalent

• To enhance local job pathways for young people, which provide a Year 12 equivalent

• To facilitate transition support for early school leavers who are not in education and

• To stimulate the development of learning communities, which value and encourage

family participation

Contents Copyright
The Board and Staff 2
Copyright © 2018. No part of this publication may be
Chair’s Report 4
Executive Officer’s Report 6 copied, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or

Program Manager’s Report 8 transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,

CGLLEN Program Report 10 mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise without

SWL Program Report 14 prior permission of Central Grampians Local Learning
Bachelor of Social Science 15 and Employment Network.
L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program 16
FReeZA 17
Engage! 18
CGLLEN Skate Park Day 20
National Youth Week 22
Youth Hub 24
CGLLEN Members 25
Financial Statements 26

The Board and Staff

Matthew Simpson Chris Waack

Kaye Harrison
Member Vice Chairperson
Local Government Governance and Finance
Community Member
Regional Employer

Geoffrey Lord James Skene

Chairperson Executive Officer
TAFE and Universities

Not pictured: Lauren Dempsey, Secretary, Community Agency/State Government Departments; Nicholas Lynch,
Member, Schools; Dianne Stewart, Community Member; Peter Lovett, Member, Other Education and Training
Organisations; Geoff Sawyer, Member, Schools; and Janine Adams, Member, Schools.

Brendan van den Clarke Elizabeth Lindsay Maya French
Youth Project Officer Administration Officer Youth Engagement Officer

Jasmine van den Hoek Melissa Bennett Sarah Garton

Communications Officer Program Manager Youth Project Officer

Not pictured: Biljana Radoicic, Youth Project Officer; and Amanda Rosenthal, Youth Project Officer.

Central Grampians LLEN wishes to acknowledge the support provided by Aileen Douglas CPA
for her accountancy services.

Chair’s Report
The board affirms the CGLLEN vision, mission and purpose:

The Central Grampians region offers responsive and relevant
education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes
for young people.

To drive a shared vision for and with young people in CGLLEN’s
region so that all young people are heard, respected and valued
members of the community and are presented with opportunities
that they otherwise might not have.

CGLLEN exists to empower young people to connect to
opportunities in the local area by supporting a whole of
community approach to the empowerment and achievement of
local youth.

Achieved 2017:
• Two year funding contract with DET
• SWL contract
• Program successes
• Significant community support locally for CGLLEN
initiatives – working groups
• EO representing on EO’s State Network Executive
• Chair representing on Combined Chairs Council

Across the year CGLLEN has engaged with community,

expanded partnerships and explored alternative delivery of
support services.

• The success of the Thursday program in particular

has drawn the attention of community, educators and
government. EO James Skene and his highly dedicated
team of specialists Melissa Bennett, Maya French,
Amanda Rosenthal and Jasmine Van Den Hoek are all to
be commended on their combined and individual efforts.
• The Board has welcomed this year Lyn Hughes who, along
with James Skene, has been instrumental in expanding
CGLLEN’s reach within the community as well as attracting
and retaining a number of support organisations, welding
them into a functioning educational and retention-focused
• Lauren Dempsey has taken on an expanded role within
the board joining the Governance and Finance Committee
providing fresh eyes, gender balance and youthful

I thank all staff and board members for your expertise, dedication and
ongoing support of the CGLLEN.

Remember our strategic goals and strategic priorities:

Let me thank all the parents, families and businesses associated with
CGLLEN who have sponsored placements, assisted with contributions
and volunteered their time in support of our programs. Without your
contributions and input the great regional partnership that is the CGLLEN
would not function.

I commend to you the excellent work of CGLLEN, this annual report,

and the bright, positive, engaged, confident and competent citizens
whom we all prepare and shape through our combined and in concert

CGLLEN here to help and here to stay!

Geoffrey Lord MBA, MAICD

Regional/Rural Representative LLEN Combined Chairs Council Executive

Executive Officer’s Report
Challenges and opportunities came thick and fast for us throughout
2017, as we anticipated. I am proud to say that as a result of the
dedication and hard work of our team, all of our programs met their
targets either on or close to budget.

There were many highlights throughout the year for all of our
programs, from the CGLLEN Skate Park Day being awarded the
Australia Day Community Event of the Year by Northern Grampians
Shire, to the successful launch (pardon the pun) of the Drone Zone,
but you can read more of that later in this annual report.

After much research and planning, we initiated our Thursdays

program this year. The Thursdays program is designed as a safety net
for disengaged young people (aged 12 to 25) within our catchment;
those who may not be attending school, further education, training
or working. Our aim is to, if appropriate, equip them with the tools
necessary for them to return to mainstream education, or to assist
them to put in place pathways to meaningful training or employment.
Delivered by a qualified teacher and backed up by a psychologist,
Thursdays works to develop and implement individual learning
and development plans for each participant. We have had some
amazing feedback from young people, and the fact that they attend
voluntarily is a testament to their commitment to changing their lives.

Our youth hub is progressing, albeit more slowly than we would like,
with some more funding from Grampians Primary Care Partnership
being added to the grant from Foundation for Rural & Regional
Recovery. We anticipate having the hub open for business by mid-

This year, we contracted Louise Ellum, an ex-LLEN Executive Officer

and well-qualified facilitator, to lead our workshops to develop the
CGLLEN strategic plan. The four-stage process took place over a
number of months and resulted in the plan which you can view on
page 7.

I would like to thank our board for their leadership, support and
encouragement throughout the year. CGLLEN could not deliver
programs, events and services without the hard work and dedication
of its staff.

This year, we saw the retirement of Elizabeth Lindsay. Elizabeth

was the backbone of CGLLEN for many years, and through testing
times kept a tight rein on all things administrative. My sincere thanks
go to Elizabeth. We also saw the departure of Sarah Garton, Sarah
has also been part of CGLLEN for many years, having spent two
periods of employment under three different EOs working across
multiple programs.

Finally, I thank our members, supporters, sponsors and partners

throughout the region. These people and organisations, combined,
enable CGLLEN to deliver these valuable programs.

James Skene
Executive Officer CGLLEN


The Central Grampians LLEN is one of 31 LLENs funded by the Victorian State
Department of Education and Training. We are an incorporated association, led by
a volunteer Board of Management drawn from a wide range of sectors.

Together with our community partners, the Central Grampians LLEN assists in
the delivery of Structured Workplace Learning, training, mentorship, hands-on
activities, youth-friendly events and other important skills development initiatives.
One of the key priorities is building partnerships to support young people who are
at risk of ceasing their education or have left school early.


Automotive Viticulture Health Hospitality Construction Tourism Engineering


To drive a shared vision for and with young
CGLLEN exists to empower young people to
The Central Grampians region offers responsive people in CGLLEN’s region so that all young
connect to opportunities in the local area by
and relevant education, training and employment people are heard, respected and valued
supporting a whole of community approach to
opportunities and outcomes for young people. members of the community and are presented
the empowerment and achievement of local
with opportunities that they otherwise might not

· Innovation in job creation and entrepreneurship mental health initiatives
· Advocacy and systems change approach to initiatives
1. To initiate a place-based and outreach/virtual local youth centre as a · Delivery of services (current and future)
means to incubate ideas, offer a safe space for support and learning and · Mentoring and volunteering initiatives
act as a hub for the community and young people to connect. · Educators, employers and parents to think outside the square when it
comes to young people
2. To facilitate community actions that ensure all young people not · Doing education differently – flexible learning options
in mainstream school are appropriately supported into meaningful · Rethink how we cater for changing world – digital disruption
education, training or employment options. · Young people-specific employability skills (hard/core/soft skills the focus)
· Strategic alliances with organisations
· Community development approaches
3. To develop and sustain an organisation that drives place-based,
· Flexibility to grow with our community and broaden its remit
community strengthening and responsive initiatives informed by · Strong, responsive and strategic Board
evidence and aligned to current and emerging community needs. · Stronger presence and activity across communities
· Resilience building

Central Grampians Jobs and Learning Hub 12Twentyfive Youth Hub Flexible Learning Options Reviews

Program Manager’s Report
I would like to thank my team here at CGLLEN and the community
members and organisations that we have worked with along the

In 2017, I was grateful to earn a spot on the board of the

Local Aboriginal Network and the Local Aboriginal Education
Consolidative Committee. Central Grampians LLEN looks
forward to developing this ongoing partnership to provide for
young people in the community and working towards LAN’s
vision: strong culture, engaged people and confident community.

I would like to acknowledge the support and partnerships I’ve

formed with local and regional employers through the Structured
Workplace Learning (SWL) program. A.F. Gason and Carey
Covers have been incredible supports for Central Grampians
LLEN and young people in our region. These employers have
also been great advocates for Central Grampians LLEN and for
that, I thank them.

This year, the SWL program extended to the Lake Bolac region
and offered crossborder placements. Crossborder placements
are necessary to support young people in small communities
who are still seeking workplace experiences that may not be
available in their area. The support and advocacy from Lake
Bolac College was second to none. Thank you to Prinicipal
George Porter and Technology, VCAL, English teacher Trevor
Ellington for working with us and the students to provide
promising employment outcomes for young people.

Another exciting partnership I would like to celebrate is liaising

with Headspace in Horsham to create an anti-anxiety card.

The Central Grampians LLEN team participated in a number of

professional development trainings over the course of the year.
Four staff members, including myself, became accredited Youth
Mental Health First Aiders. In addition to this training I also
completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, which
will enable me to teach accredited and unaccredited courses
at LLEN in the future. I’m looking forward to supporting young
people in this way.

The achievements of this organisation are the result of the

combined efforts from each individual here who is dedicated
and passionate about the work that they are all contributing to.

Melissa Bennett
Program Manager

An overview of CGLLEN’s 2017 programs:


In 2017, this program allocated volunteer mentors to help A program for VET and VCAL students that connected
young people, aged 16-20 years old, acquire the 120 hours them to local employers in an industry relevant to their
of logged, supervised driving in order to attain their P plates. studies. This program helped young people gain hands-on
experience in a professional setting.

This Victorian Government initiative supported young This program helped primary school students, who were at
Victorians to get involved in their community to plan and run risk of disengaging from mainstream schooling, take part in
drug, smoke and alcohol-free music and cultural events for a fun activity over the course of a school term. Students set
other young people. and achieved goals by refurbishing old bicycles.

This program provided local governments and community This CGLLEN program was for young people who were not
organisations the opportunity to develop projects with young participating in full-time schooling or employment and required
people, for young people. Connecting to the community, broader opportunities for continued education or training. This
engaging in school and learning practical skills were the fluid program involved participation in workshops and varied
focus of this program. units to help get young people back on their feet.

CGLLEN Program Report

Students with their new bicycles and certificates of completion

On Ya Bike!
The On Ya Bike! program was developed by Central Grampians LLEN as a
way to get young children who are at risk of disengaging with school excited
about a school project. Central Grampians LLEN visited Ararat North Primary
School for an hour, twice a week, to work with the students and their bicycles
and develop the students’ practical skills.

The bicycles they started with were rusted, missing parts, and unsafe to ride.
Together with Central Grampians LLEN’s Youth Project Officers and volunteers,
the students sanded, primed, painted, and constructed the bicycles. Each
bicycle was customized with stickers, designed by the students themselves.

The students were excited by the results. Seeing their bicycles come to life was
very encouraging and empowering.

The students involved in the On Ya Bike! program got to take home a Certificate
of Completion and a shiny bicycle. After months of solid effort, the students
were, finally, able to ride their very own bicycles.

The team at Central Grampians LLEN would like to extend our congratulations
to all the students for working hard and accomplishing their goals. Ride safe!

Students with their newly painted bicycles ready to assemble

Students competing in the Push Cart Challenge
Push Cart Challenge and Picnic in the Park
Alexandra Gardens (Ararat) welcomed four primary
schools for a day in the park to compete in the annual But that’s not all. The students were also graced by the
Push Cart Challenge. presence of the new Golden Gateway Festival King and
Princesses. Daryl Lowerson was crowned King before
Central Grampians LLEN kicks off the Golden Gateway their very eyes.
Festival each year with the interschool Push Cart
Challenge. Each year the Golden Gateway Festival King Central Grampians LLEN would like to thank all the
is crowned at this event. In 2017, primary schools Ararat schools, volunteers and students for coming along to the
800, St Mary’s, Maroona and Ararat West competed for event. Congratulations to all the well-deserving winners.
the coveted trophies in an endurance race and a sprint Central Grampians LLEN would also like the thank the
challenge. With teams of eight students, each team sent Golden Gateway Festival for getting involved this special
their pushers and drivers to race two 800 meter laps around event.
the lake at Alexandra Gardens. Students eagerly awaited
for their team mates to reach the swap-over stations so
they could push and drive their part of the track.

With an amazing effort, Ararat 800 Team 2 won the grand

final in an amazing eight minutes and 33 seconds. Their
competitors Ararat Team 1, were only nine seconds behind
them, finishing the race in eight minutes 41 seconds. Ararat
West Team 2 came as second runner-up in 10 minutes
32 seconds, whilst Ararat West Team 3 finished as third
runner-up in 11 minutes and 13 seconds.

If you thought these kids had enough of running by then,

you’d be mistaken. The students also competed in a 100
meter sprint challenge. Ararat 800 and St Mary’s took to
the finals in which Ararat 800 won by an eight second
margin, with a finishing time of one minute 12 seconds,
over St Mary’s one minute 20 seconds.

The day was complete with an annual picnic in the park

at lunch time. Wicked Wildlife came along to educate
the students about Australian wildlife, including snakes,
lizards, crocodiles and more.

The students, who were allowed to interact with animals

under adult and professional supervision, touched the
scales of snakes and other reptiles whilst learning all about
them from the wildlife keeper, Nick. Golden Gateway Festival King Daryl Lowerson

CGLLEN Program Report

Thursdays participants lead by Blake and Rooney as part of the Brambuk Cultural Experience

As a community organisation, Central Grampians LLEN works towards a
positive future for young people in our region. This is done by implementing and
hosting events or programs that engage young people with their community
or help them access pathways to further education, training or employment.
Thursdays is one of these programs.

Thursdays was developed and implemented by CGLLEN’s Youth Engagement

Officer Maya French. Initially, the program was introduced to take place one
day per week on Thursday. Due to the needs of the participants, the program
was extended beyond its namesake.

This program was for young people who were not participating in full-time
schooling or employment, and required broader opportunities for continued
education or training. The program offered a safe and inclusive space for
young people to participate in ongoing workshops, long and short-term
projects and develop valuable life skills. The program acted as a pathway
shaper and aimed to engage young people with education or employment.

The participants of the program had diverse and complex needs, which
illustrated the need to enhance their development of social, educational,
employability and self-reflexive skills. In 2017, Thursdays helped young
people measure personal growth and social behaviours including: enhancing
their sense of independence, reflecting on their identities, establishing positive
relationships, thinking critically, managing time, budgeting and exercising
good judgement in a number of situations.

The Thursdays program worked closely with a variety of organisations and
professionals. In 2017, Thursdays was supported by Victoria Police from
Ararat, Ambulance Victoria, Child and Family Services, Centrelink, Ararat
College, Stawell Secondary College, Magdala Lodge, Federation College,
Capstone College, Youth Justice, Reconnect, Project Platypus and Federation
University Australia, amongst others. Project Platypus tree planting on
farms in Concongella
Celebrating the end of term with pizza

Thursdays was also lucky to work with volunteer Rohan Marlow, psychologist
Bec Carmichael, and therapy dog Daisy, who worked with the students
individually and provided ongoing support to the program.

In 2017, the Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation provided a grant
to Central Grampians LLEN’s Thursdays program from the Small Grants
Program in poverty and disadvantage. Maya and Central Grampians LLEN
are grateful for this meaningful contribution to the program and thank the
Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation.

Thursdays in Practice
Thursdays encourages young people to see their own potential through a
variety of projects, programs and excursions. Thursdays’ first ever excursion
took three participants on a physically demanding bushwalk to Boronia
Peak in Halls Gap. Atop the mountain, the participants cooked a meal for
themselves which acted as a group bonding experience.

Young people positively contributing to their communities is just one of

the valuable outcomes of the Thursdays program. In 2017, a number of
participants gave back to their communities through a tree-planting session in
Concongella across three different farm properties. Thursdays partnered with
Project Platypus to provide young people with this experience. Participants
learnt from Project Platypus’ John Pye that trees assist with controlling soil
erosion and can also provide shelter for livestock.

In addition to these excursions, Thursdays also encouraged participants to

take on a personal project. This was a project of the participants’ own design
which involved them setting goals, planning, implementing strategies and
achieving outcomes. The result of one participant’s project was a completed
outdoor bench made from wooden palettes. The participant enjoyed reaching
a tangible outcome as a result of this project.

In its first year, 32 young people actively participated with the Thursdays Participant with his personal project, a
program. The ages of the participants ranged from 12-25. DIY outdoor bench
SWL Program Report

SWL participants Thomas M. and Thomas G. receiving their Student SWL Awards aside Melissa Bennett

The Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program is in their chosen field of study. Congratulations to Thomas
a program created to aid VET/VCAL students in finding G., Thomas M, and William on receiving an SWL Student
workplacements with local businesses that are relevant to Award.
their field of study.
Recognition of Employers
Placement Opportunities
Melissa also wanted to acknowledge the dedication and
In 2017, the SWL program helped 19 VET students opportunities local employers offered young people in
consume workplace opportunities in the Grampians region. the Grampians region. As a result of this, Carey Covers
A unique part of Central Grampians LLEN’s SWL program and A.F. Gason Pty Ltd received an SWL Employer
is that it also enabled students to find opportunities as Award. These awards were extended to employers
cross-border placements. A total of four students obtained who offered their SWL students an apprenticeship or
positions as a result of cross-border placements. employment as a result of their initial placement.

In addition to this, another student consumed a School LLEN Champion

Based Apprenticeship and Training opportunity through
SWL. Through the SWL program, Central Grampians LLEN
also extended a LLEN Champion certificate. This
SWL Awards certificate acknowledged the support and dedication a
person that championed LLEN’s programs and aims.
Melissa Bennett, SWL’s portal manager, presented five In 2017, a LLEN Champion certificate was extended
SWL Awards in 2017. Three of these awards went to well- to Trevor Ellington who helped CGLLEN and SWL
deserving and hard-working students. The SWL Student in its outreach to the young people of Lake Bolac.
Awards were extened to young people who completed Trevor is a Technology, VCAL, English teacher at Lake
their SWL placements and acquired work or further training Bolac P-12 College.

A. F. Gason Lty receiving an SWL Recipients of LLEN Champion Award Carey Covers receiving an SWL
Employer Award and SWL Student Award Employer Award
Bachelor of Social Science

In 2017, Central Grampians LLEN partnered with Federation University Australia

to re-introduce higher education into the Grampians region. The Bachelor of Social
Science course took place at the Central Grampians LLEN office building.

This course was a flexible option to higher education which provided young people
with skills and career opportunities in their region and beyond. With two days of
classes per week, students conveniently studied in Ararat at Central Grampians
LLEN. Central Grampians LLEN also offered on-site student support which included
access to computers, internet, or word processing services.

Melissa Bennett, Central Grampians LLEN’s Program Manager, accepted the role
of student support and liaison to aid students who may not have been familiar with
critical aspects of higher education, such as digital literacy.

The course accepted young and mature-aged students. To be a successful

applicant was not dependent on previous ATAR scores. Students may or may not
have completed Year 12, VCAL or VET. With regard to applications for this course,
educational history was less important than a strong desire to participate in higher

In its pilot year, the Bachelor of Social Science welcomed five students into the
world of higher education.

What is Social Science?

Social sciences cover a large range of topics and as a result this course has a
huge potential for future employment or career options. Social science is a major
category of academic disciplines, concerned with society and human relationships.
It includes economics, political science, geography and sociology, some of which
was covered in the Bachelor of Social Science.

After completing this course successful students will develop professional skills in
problem solving, research, writing, and leadership. A Bachelor of Social Science may
lead to careers in community development, academic research, communications,
marketing, entrepreneurship, journalism, tourism and much more.

L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program
The L2P Learner Driver Mentor program is for young people between the
ages of 16-20 who do not have access to a car or supervising driver. The
program helped young people accrue 120 hours of logged, supervised driving
in order to acquire their P plates.

Over the course of the program, young learner drivers were matched with
supervising mentors who provided a positive learning environment and
experience. CGLLEN’s mentors were community members who have
undergone the training and checks required to work with young people. The
role of the L2P mentors like that of a family member or friend, sitting beside a
learner driver for approximately one hour per week in CGLLEN’s fully-insured,
community-sponsored L2P vehicles.

In 2017, the L2P program was coordinated by Youth Project Officers Sarah
Garton, Brendan van den Clarke, Biljana Radoicic and Amanda Rosenthal.

Central Grampians LLEN’s L2P program ran across three shires: Ararat
Rural City Council, Northern Grampians Shire, and Pyrenees Shire Council.
The program had wonderful support from Victoria Police and many local

This program was developed by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

and VicRoads, and was delivered by the Central Grampians LLEN in
partnership with the Ararat Rural City Council, Northern Grampians Shire
Council and Pyrenees Shire Council.

L2P Achievements Vance (mentor) and Daniel (learner

driver) after successfully completing
In 2017, the L2P program took on 24 learner drivers across the Pyrenees
his drive test.
Shire, Northern Grampians Shire and Ararat Rural City. Fifteen attained their
P plates. The program also trained 19 mentors to participate as supervising
drivers. This program aims to expand its reach to Lake Bolac and build its
presence in the Pyrenees region in 2018.

Central Grampians LLEN thanks all of its participants, mentors, and sponsors
for being a part of this valuable community program. Central Grampians LLEN
also extends its congratulations to any participants who have successfully
acquired their P plates as a result of this program.

Tyler and his mentor Don celebrating

his driving success

L2P has been proudly supported and

sponsored by:

Ararat Community Enterprise, APEX

Australia, Ararat Rotary, Ararat
Rural City Council, Beaufort Rotary,
Bendigo Bank (Beaufort), Crocodile
Gold Corp, Department of Justice,
Grampian Ford, Grampians Toy
Club Inc., Northern Grampians Shire
Council, Pyrenees Shire Council,
Stawell Apex Club, Stawell Lions Club,
Stawell Toyota and Kia, United Way
and Victoria Police.
Ashlea receiving her P plates

FReeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that supported young Victorians
to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, smoke and
alcohol-free music and cultural events for other young people.

Throughout the year, FReeZA (Ararat) hosted a number of events under

guidance of CGLLEN’s Youth Project Officers Brendan van den Clarke and
Biljana Radoicic.

Photography Workshops
Throughout the year, CGLLEN hosted free photography workshops for young
people. The workshops were led by professional photographers who offered to
share their knowledge and help young people develop their craft.

Photograph by Caitlin W. as part of the FReeZA photography competition

Photography Exhibition and Competition

As a result of the photography workshops, the FReeZA committee, consisting
of a number of local young people, agreed to host a photography exhibition
and competition. Local young people were encouraged to submit photographs The FReeZA program
that showed Ararat from a youth perspective. These photos were displayed at
supports young people aged
a final exhibition at the Central Highlands Library in Ararat.
12-25 to get involved in the
planning and coordination of
School Discos music, art and youth culture
events, with an emphasis on
Two school discos were
hosted as part of the
safety and affordability. All
FReeZA program at two events are drug, alcohol and
local primary schools: Ararat smoke free.
West Primary School and
Ararat 800 Primary School. The program involves
building skills and working
The discos encouraged with existing interests
young people to dance, and abilities of young
get their faces painted and people, in leadership, event
dress up.
management, and other
Prizes were handed out
to young people for best
Disco at Ararat West Primary School FReeZA is funded by the
dancer, loudest singer, and
trying their hardest. Department of Health and
Human Services.

Throughout 2017, CGLLEN’s Engage! program continued to connect young
people to their communities.

The Engage! program provided local governments and community

organisatons the opportunity to develop projects with young people, for young
people. Connecting to community, engaging in school, and learning practical
skills were the focus of this program. The program also aimed to increase the
skills and knowledge of young people, which may guide them to pathways of
education, employment or further training. In addition to this, Engage! aimed
to improve young people’s health, wellbeing and social interaction with their

Some of these programs were lead by Teen Action Groups (TAG), an integral
Cale and Nathaniel leading
part of the Engage! program, which enabled young people to actively run
Drone Zone
programs or events for their peers.

There were a number of great activities that occurred throughout 2017 under
the guidance of Youth Project Officers Sarah Garton, Brendan van den Clarke,
Biljana Radoicic and Amanda Rosenthal.

Some of the highlights of the Engage! program in 2017 included:

Funky Fridays
Funky Fridays operated as a fortnightly get-together for young people at the
Stawell Powerhouse. This activity was born out of a concern from local young
people who wanted a safe space to hang out with their friends without having
to travel out of town. Funky Fridays activities often included cooking, dancing Equal Love by Juno Vesta
and playing games. There were a few special events hosted throughout the
year including holiday specials like Halloween and Christmas parties.

Drone Zone (TAG)

Drone Zone acted as one of the Engage! program’s Teen Action Groups
(TAG). Drone Zone ran on a fortnightly basis and welcomed school-aged
people to participate and learn how to build or fly a drone of their own making.
Drone Zone was run by two local young people from Ararat, Nathaniel and
Cale, who are well-educated and experienced in this field.

Juno Vesta (TAG)

Another TAG that came together in 2017 was Juno Vesta, an inclusive support
group for young LGBTI+ people in Stawell and Ararat. This group was created
in partnership with Central Grampians LLEN, Grampians Community Health
and young people from the Grampians region. A highlight from the Juno Vesta
meetings included creating an artwork called Equal Love, which currently
Engage! offers fantastic
hangs at the Grampians Community Health centre in Stawell.
opportunities for young
people. CGLLEN is always
Workshops open to new ways to connect
with community groups,
Through the Engage! program, CGLLEN welcomed many professionals to businesses, and individuals
the region to deliver workshops in the schools. These included workshops by to develop great ideas and
the Butterfly Foundation, Year 9 Wellbeing Day (Day for Boys/Day for Girls) make things happen with
and Coach Music Academy. young people in the Ararat
Rural City Council and
Northern Grampians Shire.

Sing It Out!

Central Grampians LLEN invited the Coach Music Academy’s Sing It Out program to
the Grampians to visit schools and promote good mental health through the power of

Singers, Kye, Taylor Piggott, Allipha, Caitlin Dsouza and Jesse Dutlow, visited Ararat
College, Stawell Secondary College, Lake Bolac College and Marian College in
October 2017.

The program and performances encouraged young people to identify their emotions
in a variety of situations and to find a safe, healthy outlet, like music, to help them
process those feelings.

Each of the performers discussed their personal struggles with mental health and how
music helped them express their experiences. A mix of covers and original songs,
alongside relaying their personal stories, proved to be an effective method the convey
to the students that dealing with anxiety and depression is more common than most
might think, and that finding support is a valuable resource.

Students were encouraged to get involved during the program and to compete in an
air guitar competition as well as dancing and singing as a group. The students were
also encouraged to support their peers and in turn create their own effective support
network that would last beyond the day’s program.

Singing for Beyondblue

In addition to performing at the schools, the Sing It Out program also helped promote
better mental health at a Beyondblue fundraising dinner, hosted by Central Grampians
LLEN at the Magdala Lounge in Stawell.

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve

their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Beyondblue focuses particularly on helping people who are experiencing anxiety or

The fundraising dinner comprised of a three-course meal, accompanied by the skilled

performances of the aforementioned singers. The music varied from delicate covers
to upbeat originals. Each of the singers outlined their personal mental health journey
and sang songs which reflected that.

A total of $500.90 was raised. These funds were donated to Beyondblue by Central
Grampians LLEN. Central Grampians LLEN would like to thank all of those who
attended the dinner and generously donated, as well as the Sing It Out team for
teaching us all a thing or two about the power of music.

Air guitar competition as part of the Sing it Out program

CGLLEN Skate Park Day

Scooter jam at CGLLEN Skate Park Day

Stawell Community Event

of The Year 2017
On Australia Day in Stawell, Northern Grampians Shire Council
awarded Central Grampians LLEN’s Skate Park Day, Community
Event of the Year (2017). CGLLEN board member Kaye Harris
accepted the award on behalf of CGLLEN.

Central Grampians LLEN partnered with organisations all across

Melissa proudly holding the Community
Stawell and Ararat to host this event and is pleased to have the Event of the Year Award.
event recognised in the community.

Skills Showcase
CGLLEN Skate Park Day welcomed young people of all ages to
participate in skate, scooter, and BMX jams in which they took to the
skate ramps and showcased their tricks. CGLLEN helped transport
young people from Ararat to Stawell for the big event.

The day started with free time in which young people could warm up
on the ramps and around the park. A team of Havoc Pro Scooters Scooters taking to the ramp
then hit the ramp demonstrating their skills, tricks and athletic

After this, there were various kinds of scooter, skateboard, and BMX
jams with time slots allocated to age groups, which gave everyone
a chance ride, practice, and show off their skills in the skate park.

There were drones flying above the skaters’ heads and the park
to capture the day. The drones were flown by CGLLEN’s very own
Drone Zone participants.
BMX rider performing a wheelie at
CGLLEN Skate Park Day
Skaters, scooters and BMX riders claiming prizes donated by sponsors

Prizes were awarded to young people who showed remarkable
talent, a willingness to try, or good sportsmanship. The prizes were
donated by 13 generous sponsors: Havoc Pro Scooters, Strictly
BMX, Rampfest, Globe Skateboards, Gold Reef, Bi-Rite Stawell,
Sportspower Stawell, Arcadeon, Ararat Newsagency, True Blue
Tattoo, Pyke’s Pets and Cycles, SkaterHQ and SkinCo Ararat.

Raising Money for Youth Hub

The young people who attended were treated to a free barbecue,
though they could opt to buy cupcakes; the proceeds of which went
towards CGLLEN’s youth hub. A total of $111.80 was raised on the

Annual Event
This annual event was hosted as a FReeZA (Ararat) and Engage!
event. FReeZA is a Victorian State Government initiative to support
all ages drug, alcohol and smoke free entertainment for 12 to 25
year olds. The Engage! program helps local youth from 12 to 25
years connect to the community and get the best out of living

Central Grampians LLEN would like to thank all of the participants,

attendees, sponsors and volunteers who helped make this award-
winning, community event possible. Central Grampians LLEN
would also like to thank Northern Grampians Shire Council for
recognising the value of this event at their Australia Day award

N a t i o n a l Yo u t h We e k

Attempting to cross the obstacle course in an inflatable suit for National Youth Week
Central Grampians LLEN hosted four events as the other. Each team tried to squirt their opponent’s
part of 2017’s National Youth Week, including a captains with water colour squirt guns. Whenever
three day Game On challenge and a 3X3 basketball the captain was splashed with water, they had to
tournament. drop the flag, go back to base and start again.

Game On Challenge
Game On was a three-day event hosted as part of
National Youth Week. Across the three days, three
teams competed for the championship medals.
The teams were Green, Blue and Orange.

Day one of Game On posed a fun challenge for

the young participants: an obstacle course. The
obstacle course challenged a specific set of skills:
balance, agility, speed and hurdles. With sweat on
their brow, teams tested their skills on the balance
bars. The addition of inflatable suits posed a real trial Game On’s water skirmish in action
as participants could hardly see their feet, let alone
where to place them. Agility was tested during the
tube-trial, in which young people had to fit through All three teams were tasked with a dance-battle on
a large tube as quick as they could whilst wearing day three of Game On. All team members that put
their inflatable suits. The participants exceeded our on the inflatable suits scored an extra 10 points
expectations as players ran from one part to the each for their teams. After a night of shaking things
next on the obstacle course, despite their lack of up on the dance floor and combining the teams’
aerodynamics. total scores, the Blue and Green teams came to a
Day two was Game On’s water skirmish: three
teams, three flags, three captains. Each team had And what better tie-breaker than the age old game
to re-capture their own flag and bring it back to their of rock, paper, scissors? After a night of dancing
home base. Here’s the catch: only the captains and five intense games of rock, paper, scissors,
were allowed to carry the flag from one base to the Blue team were declared the winners.

Taking to the courts for National Youth Week

3X3 Basketball Tournament

Central Grampians LLEN brought an officially
endorsed FIBA (International Basketball
Federation) 3X3 event to Ararat. The tournament
was open to all basketball enthusiasts – male and
female – to celebrate National Youth Week 2017.
The tournament took place at the Ararat College
outdoor courts.

The Under 15s competing for the title

sportsmanship was beaming on and off the courts,

as friends and foes cheered on those taking the

Drummo Dragons and Why-Phy competed in

the grand final, and after a close game Drummo
Showcasing talent on the courts Dragons took the title over Why-Phy (18-14).

Three Over 15 teams competed on half of the The pool for the Under 15s was made up of five
court, and five Under 15 teams competed on the teams: DUNX, Cavs, Quad Triple Doubles, Balling
other. This was an official FIBA endorsed event Brothers and Centrelink. Centrelink and Balling
which means teams and players are now on the Brothers went head to head for the title. In a tight
international ranking system for 3 on 3 basketball game, Balling Brothers scored one extra point over
tournaments. Centrelink (12-11) and won themselves the title for
the Under 15s.
The Over 15 Pool consisted of three teams: Why-
Phy, Drummo Dragons, and Flint Tropics. Their

Yo u t h H u b

Victorian Police officers from Ararat assessing the damage to the ceiling

Central Grampians LLEN has a vision to create and run a youth hub in
Ararat. The aim of this youth hub is to facilitate engaging, youth-related
activities and to act as a safe social space for young people visit after
school hours.

As a rural city, Ararat is disadvantaged by lack of access to resources

that predominantly feature in metropolitan areas. These type of resources
include access to entertainment, education, training and employment.
Creating a youth hub is Central Grampians LLEN’s way of responding to
regional disadvantages which affect young people.

In 2016, a portable classroom facility located behind the Central Grampians Renovations: an empty youth hub full of
LLEN offices was provided by Federation University Australia. By 2017, potential
with the help of local community members and organisations, Central
Grampians LLEN began renovating the building which had previously
been damaged by a severe storm.

Renovations, which took place in 2017, included ripping out deteriorated

carpets and flooring, and removing the ceiling which had been damaged
by moisture and mould. Aside from the interior, some landscaping also
took place to provide space for an outdoor stage and vegetable garden.
Renovations are scheduled to continue in 2018.

Central Grampians LLEN would like to thank and acknowledge the efforts
made by the Victorian Police from Ararat, who generously dedicated their
time to assist with the renovations of this facility.

In addition to all this support, Central Grampians LLEN would also like
to thank members of the community, an anonymous donor through
Foundation for Rural & Regional Recovery, and Grampians Primary Care
Partnership for contributing financially to this community project.

CGLLEN Members
Organisational Members
A F Gason Terry Pye
AME Systems
Ararat College Janine Adams
Ararat Healthwise Pharmacy Jason Hosemans Grampians Community Health Centre Jill Miller
Ararat Regional Library Evelyn Curley Grampians disAbility Advocacy Association Debbie
Ararat Neighbourhood House John Smith Verdon
Ararat North Primary School Dani White Grampians Finance Group Pty Ltd David Hosking
Ararat Regional Business Association Sally Bond Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership
Ararat Retirement Village Inc. Robyn Woods-Gebler Lauren Dempsey
Ararat Rural City Council Matthew Simpson Great Western Primary School Kerri-Ann Harris
Ararat West Primary School Terry Keilar Hello Gorgeous Kim Salmi
Aunde Australia Ltd Mike Estibeiro Lake Bolac P-12 College George Porter
Australian Education Union Victoria Branch Marian College Greg Dean
Ballarat Regional Trades & Labour Council Inc. Lyn Maroona Primary School Peter Waterman
Hughes McDonald’s Ararat
Bendigo Bank Therese Roper National Disability Coordination Officer Western
BRACE Education and Training Mandy Bjelogrlic Region for SkillsPlus Pam Anderson
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Co-operative Moyston Primary School Anthony Cain
Jeremy Clark Northern Grampians Shire Council Cr Karen Hyslop
Budja Budja Aboriginal Co-operative Brendan Edwards Pinnacle Inc Brian Burke
CasWak Pty Ltd Christopher Waack Pomonal Primary School
Catholic Education Office Carmel Hempenstall Regional Development Victoria Samantha Magill
Central Grampians Vocational Education & Training Rotary Stawell Inc Pauline Shirrefs
Cluster Andrew Sherwell Simpson Personnel Pty Ltd Bryce Simpson
Centrelink – Ararat & Stawell Bernardene Beazley Skene Street Specialist School John McKee
Child and Family Services Ararat Shelley Wells St Mary’s Primary School
Chris ‘n’ Di’s Bakery Chris Anderson StawellBiz Peter Braam
Concongella Primary School Kristie McKerron Stawell Engineering Darren Egan
Country Education Project Inc. Phil Brown Stawell Neighbourhood House Inc. Jenny Greenberger
Crowlands Landcare Group Graeme Price Stawell Primary School Robyn Jones
David O Jones Mitre 10 Simon Jones Stawell Regional Health Liz McCourt
Department of Education and Training Stawell Secondary College Nicholas Lynch
Karen Howden-Clarnette Stawell West Primary School Jim O’Brien
Distance Education Centre Victoria Bronwyn Stubbs Target Australia Steve Turner
East Grampians Health Service Ros Bloomfield Victoria Police Insp. Ian Lindsay
Eventide Homes (Stawell) Inc. Sue Blakey Victorian Independent Education Union Gerard Kelly
Eworks Employment Solutions Julie Clarke Waack’s Bakery Robert Klein
Federation University Australia Geoffrey Lord Western District Employment Access Maureen Brady
Frewstal Pty Ltd Greg Nicholls Young’s SportsPower Shane Young
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative Wally Coleman
Grains Industry Training Network Nickie Berrisford

Community Members
Daryle Baldock, Peter Barham, Maurice Billi, Meg Blake, Mary-Lou Boatman, Kevin Bowles, Anne Bunting, Margaret
Burbidge, Brian Burke, Robert Byrne, Margaret Cain, John Coghlan, Kimberly Dunstone, Greg Earle, Sue Freeland, Vince
Gallagher, Catherine Harney, Kaye Harris, Virginia Hope, Lyn Hughes, Angela Hunt, Patricia Lardner, Julie Maddocks,
Annette Marshall, Gerard McAloon, Olga Milne, Margaret Nicholson, Geoffrey Parkinson, Mary Reid, Brendan Ryan,
Geoffrey Sawyer, William Slatter, Dianne Stewart, Julie Suares, Ian Varley, Geoff White, and Peter Whitehead

Independent Auditor’s Report to the Members of Central Grampians Local Learning 
And Employment Network Inc 
Report on the audit of the financial statements 
Our opinion 
In our opinion: 
The accompanying financial report of Central Grampians Local Learning And Employment Network Inc, is in 
accordance with the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, including: 
i. giving a true and fair view of the association's financial position as at 31 December 2017 and of its 
performance for the year ended on that date; and 
ii. complying with (Australian Accounting Standards ‐ Reduced Disclosure Requirements. 
What we have audited  
Central Grampians Local Learning And Employment Network Inc (the association) financial report comprises 
 statement of financial position as at 31 December 2017 
 statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income for the year then ended 
 statement of changes in equity for the year then ended 
 statement of cash flows for the year then ended  
 notes comprising a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory notes, and  
 the certification by members of the committee that the annual statements give a true and fair view of 
the financial position of the association. 
Basis for opinion 
We conducted our audit in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards. Our responsibilities under those 
standards are further described in the Auditor’s Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Report section 
of our report.  
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our 
audit opinion. 
We are independent of the association in accordance with the auditor independence requirements of the 
Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board’s APES 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants 
(the Code) that are relevant to our audit of the financial report in Australia. We have also fulfilled our other 
ethical responsibilities in accordance with the Code. 

Committee’s responsibility for the financial report 
The committee of the association is responsible for the preparation of the financial report that gives a true 
and fair view in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards – Reduced Disclosure Requirements and 
the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and for such controls as the committee determines is 
necessary to enable preparation of the financial report that is free from material misstatement, whether due 
to fraud or error. 
In preparing the financial report, the committee is responsible for assessing the association’s ability to 
continue as a going concern, disclosing as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going 
concern basis of accounting unless the committee either intend to liquidate the association or cease 
operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so. 
Auditor’s responsibility for the audit of the financial report 
Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial report as a whole is free from 
material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor’s report that includes our 
opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in 
accordance with the Australian Auditing Standards will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. 
Misstatement can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in aggregate, they 
could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of this 
financial report. 
A further description of our responsibilities for the audit of the financial report is located at the Auditing and 
Assurance Standards Board website at: This description forms part of 
our auditor’s report. 
Other information 
We are advised that the association will be preparing an annual report but this was not started before we 
signed our audit report. We have not therefore reviewed the other information that might be included in the 
annual report. 

Andrew Frewin Stewart   David Hutchings 
61 Bull Street, Bendigo, 3550            Lead Auditor 
Dated this 1st day of March 2018






Central Grampians Local Learning and
Employment Network Inc.
Statement of Profit or Loss and Other 
Comprehensive Income 
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

2017 2016
Note $ $

Revenue 2            589,885            574,006

Salaries and employee benefits expense         (433,643)          (355,797) 

Depreciation and amortisation expense 3            (14,515)             (14,866) 

Occupancy and associated costs            (34,541)             (35,889) 

Advertising and promotional costs              (9,887)             (12,290) 

Motor vehicle expenses            (30,371)             (16,668) 

Administration and association costs            (24,048)             (27,280) 

Project costs            (41,980)             (28,704) 

Other expenses            (35,631)             (36,058) 

Surplus / (Deficit) before income tax expense (34,731)              46,454

Income tax expense                    ‐                    ‐

Surplus / (Deficit) after income tax expense (34,731)              46,454

Other comprehensive income                    ‐                    ‐

Total comprehensive income attributable to members of the entity (34,731)

Central Grampians Local Learning and
Employment Network Inc.
Statement of Financial Position 
  As at 31 December 2017

2017 2016
Note $ $
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 4           221,847           287,407
Trade and other receivables 5              29,417              78,538
Other current assets 6                4,184                2,774
Investments 7              35,196              34,398

Total current assets           290,644

Non‐current assets
Property, plant and equipment 8              69,958              77,280

Total non‐current assets              69,958              77,280

Total assets           360,602
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 9              44,886              47,893
Other liabilities 10              75,787           147,325
Provisions 11              23,548              24,826

Total current liabilities           144,221

Non‐current liabilities
Provisions 11                4,016              13,257

Total non‐current liabilities                4,016              13,257

Total liabilities           148,237
Net assets           212,365
Retained earnings           212,365           247,096

Total equity           212,365


The accompanying notes form part of these financial statements
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Central Grampians Local Learning and
Employment Network Inc.
Statement of Changes in Equity 
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

Retained Total
Earnings Equity
$ $

Balance at 1 January 2016           200,642           200,642

Surplus attributable to the entity              46,454              46,454

Total other comprehensive income for the year                    ‐                    ‐

Balance at 31 December 2016           247,096


Deficit attributable to the entity (34,731) (34,731)

Total other comprehensive income for the year                    ‐                    ‐

Balance at 31 December 2017           212,365


Central Grampians Local Learning and
Employment Network Inc.
Statement of Cashflows
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

2017 2016
Note $ $
Cash flows from operating activities
Receipts from customers           619,879           739,946
Payments to suppliers and employees (678,873) (550,691)
Interest received                   627                   934

Net cash provided by / (used in) operating activities 13 (58,367)           190,189

Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (7,193) (19,099)

Net cash used in investing activities (7,193) (19,099)

Net increase / (decrease) in cash held (65,560)           171,090
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the financial year           287,407           116,317
The accompanying notes form part of these financial statements
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the financial year 4(a)           221,847
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Central Grampians Local Learning and Central Grampians Local Learning and
Employment Network Inc. Employment Network Inc.
Notes to the Financial Statements Notes to the Financial Statements
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017   For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)

The financial statements were authorised for issue on 1 March 2018 by the committee. (b) Goods and services tax (GST) (continued)

Basis of preparation Receivables and payables are stated inclusive of the amount of GST receivable or payable. The net amount of GST
recoverable from, or payable to, the ATO is included with other receivables or payables in the statement of financial
Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network Inc. applies Australian Accounting Standards ‐ Reduced position.
Disclosure Requirements as set out in AASB 1053: Application of Tiers of Australian Accounting Standards.
Cash flows are presented on a gross basis. The GST components of cash flows arising from investing or financing activities
The financial statements are general purpose financial statements that have been prepared in accordance with Australian which are recoverable from, or payable to, the ATO are presented as operating cash flows included in receipts from
Accounting Standards ‐ Reduced Disclosure Requirements of the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the customers or payments to suppliers.
Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. The association is a not‐for‐profit entity for financial reporting purposes
under Australian Accounting Standards. (c) Income Tax
Australian Accounting Standards set out accounting policies that the AASB has concluded would result in financial The association is exempt from paying income tax under section 50‐45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and
statements containing relevant and reliable information about transactions, events and conditions. Material accounting subsequently has not been charged any income tax expense.
policies adopted in the preparation of the financial statements are presented below and have been consistently applied
unless stated otherwise.  (d) Cash and cash equivalents
The financial statements, except for the cash flow information, have been prepared on an accruals basis and are based on Cash and cash equivalents include cash on hand, deposits held at‐call with banks, and other short‐term highly liquid
historical costs, modified, where applicable, by the measurement at fair value of selected non‐current assets, financial investments with original maturities of three months or less.
assets and financial liabilities. The amounts presented in the financial statements have been rounded to the nearest dollar.

(e) Trade and Other Receivables
Accounting Policies
Trade and other receivables include amounts from customers for goods sold and services performed in the ordinary course
(a) Revenue of business. Receivables expected to be collected within 12 months of the end of the reporting period are classified as
Non‐reciprocal grant revenue is recognised in profit or loss when the association obtains control of the grant, it is probable current assets. All other receivables are classified as non‐current assets. 
that the economic benefits gained from the grant will flow to the association and the amount of the grant can be measured Trade receivables are initially recognised at fair value and subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective
reliably. interest rate method, less any provision for impairment. Refer to note 1(i) for further discussions on the determination of
If conditions are attached to the grant which must be satisfied before it is eligible to receive the contribution, the impairment losses.  
recognition of the grant as revenue will be deferred until those conditions are satisfied. 
(f) Property, plant and equipment
When grant revenue is received whereby the association incurs an obligation to deliver economic value directly back to the
Each class of property, plant and equipment is carried at cost or fair values as indicated, less, where applicable,
contributor, this is considered a reciprocal transaction and the grant revenue is recognised in the statement of financial
accumulated depreciation and impairment losses.
position as a liability until the service has been delivered to the contributor, otherwise the grant is recognised as income on
receipt.  Plant and equipment
Revenue from the rendering of a service is recognised upon the delivery of the service to the customers. Plant and equipment are measured on the cost basis and are therefore carried at cost less accumulated depreciation and
any accumulated impairment losses. In the event the carrying amount of plant and equipment is greater than its estimated
Interest revenue is recognised on a proportional basis taking into account the interest rates applicable to the financial
recoverable amount, the carrying amount is written down immediately to its estimated recoverable amount and
assets. impairment losses are recognised either in profit or loss or as a revaluation decrease if the impairment losses relate to a
All revenue is stated net of the amount of goods and services tax (GST). revalued asset. A formal assessment of recoverable amount is made when impairment indicators are present (refer to
Note 1 (i) for details of impairment).
(b) Goods and services tax (GST) Subsequent costs are included in the asset's carrying amount or recognised as a separate asset, as appropriate, only when
Revenues, expenses and assets are recognised net of the amount of GST, except where the amount of GST incurred is not it is probable that future economic benefit associated with the item will flow to the association and the cost of the item can
recoverable from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). be measured reliably. All other repairs and maintenance are recognised as expenses in the profit or loss during the financial
period which they occur.

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Central Grampians Local Learning and Central Grampians Local Learning and
Employment Network Inc. Employment Network Inc.
Notes to the Financial Statements Notes to the Financial Statements
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017   For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued) Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)

(f) Property, plant and equipment (continued) (h) Financial instruments (continued)
Depreciation Amortised cost is calculated as the amount at which the financial asset or financial liability is measured at initial recognition
The depreciable amount of all fixed assets, including buildings and capitalised lease assets, is depreciated on a straight‐line less principal repayments and any reduction for impairment, and adjusted for any cumulative amortisation of the
or diminishing value basis over the asset's useful life commencing from the time the asset is held ready for use. Leasehold difference between that initial amount and the maturity amount calculated using the effective interest method.
improvements are depreciated over the shorter of either the unexpired period of the lease or the estimated useful lives of
the improvements. The effective interest method is used to allocate interest income or interest expense over the relevant period and is
equivalent to the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash payments or receipts (including fees, transaction costs
The depreciation rates used for each class of depreciable assets are:  and other premiums or discounts) through the expected life (or when this cannot be reliably predicted, the contractual
Class of Fixed Asset Depreciation Rate term) of the financial instrument to the net carrying amount of the financial asset or financial liability. Revisions to
expected future net cash flows will necessitate an adjustment to the carrying value with a consequential recognition of an
Plant and equipment 11% to 50%
income or expense in profit or loss.
Motor vehicle 18.7%
Leasehold improvements 10% (i) Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss
The assets’ residual values and useful lives are reviewed, and adjusted if appropriate, at the end of each reporting period. Financial assets are classified at 'fair value through profit or loss' when they are held for trading for the purpose of short‐
term profit taking, derivatives not held for hedging purposes, or when they are designated as such to avoid an accounting
Gains and losses on disposals are determined by comparing proceeds with the carrying amount. These gains or losses are mismatch or to enable performance evaluation where a group of financial assets is managed by key management
recognised in profit or loss in the period in which they occur. When revalued assets are sold, amounts included in the personnel on a fair value basis in accordance with a documented risk management or investment strategy. Such assets are
revaluation relating to that asset are transferred to retained surplus.
subsequently measured at fair value with changes in carrying amount being included in profit or loss.

(g) Leases (ii)  Loans and receivables

Leases of fixed assets, where substantially all the risks and benefits incidental to the ownership of the asset, but not the Loans and receivables are non‐derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an
legal ownership, are transferred to the entity are classified as finance leases. active market and are subsequently measured at amortised cost. Gains or losses are recognised in profit or loss through
the amortisation process and when the financial asset is derecognised.
Finance leases are capitalised, recording an asset and a liability equal to the present value of the minimum lease payments,
including any guaranteed residual values. (iii) Financial liabilities

Leased assets are depreciated on a straight‐line basis over their estimated useful lives where it is likely that the entity will Non‐derivative financial liabilities other than financial guarantees are subsequently measured at amortised cost. Gains or
obtain ownership of the asset. Lease payments are allocated between the reduction of the lease liability and the lease losses are recognised in profit or loss through the amortisation process and when the financial liability is derecognised.
interest expense for the period. Impairment
Lease payments for operating leases, where substantially all the risks and benefits remain with the lessor, are charged as At the end of each reporting period, the association assesses whether there is objective evidence that a financial asset has
expenses on a straight‐line basis over the lease term. been impaired. A financial asset (or a group of financial assets) is deemed to be impaired if, and only if, there is objective
evidence of impairment as a result of one or more events (a "loss event") having occurred, which has an impact on the
Lease incentives under operating leases are recognised as a liability and amortised on a straight‐line basis over the life of
estimated future cash flows of the financial asset(s).
the lease term.
In the case of financial assets carried at amortised cost, loss events may include: indications that the debtors or a group of
(h) Financial instruments debtors are experiencing significant financial difficulty, default or delinquency in interest or principal payments; indications
Initial Recognition and Measurement that they will enter bankruptcy or other financial reorganisation; and changes in arrears or economic conditions that
correlate with defaults.
Financial assets and financial liabilities are recognised when the entity becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the
instrument. For financial assets, this is equivalent to the date that the association commits itself to either purchase or sell When the terms of financial assets that would otherwise have been past due or impaired have been renegotiated, the
the asset (i.e. trade date accounting is adopted). association recognises the impairment for such financial assets by taking into account the original terms as if the terms
have not been renegotiated so that the loss events that have occurred are duly considered.
Financial instruments are initially measured at fair value plus transactions costs except where the instrument is classified
‘at fair value through profit or loss’ in which case transaction costs are expensed to profit or loss immediately.
Classification and subsequent measurement
Financial instruments are subsequently measured at fair value, amortised cost using the effective interest method, or cost.

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Employment Network Inc. Employment Network Inc.
Notes to the Financial Statements Notes to the Financial Statements
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017   For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued) Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)

(h) Financial instruments (continued) (l) Employee benefits
Derecognition Short‐term employee benefits
Financial assets are derecognised when the contractual rights to receipt of cash flows expire or the asset is transferred to Provision is made for the association’s obligation for short‐term employee benefits. Short‐term employee benefits are
another party whereby the entity no longer has any significant continuing involvement in the risks and benefits associated benefits (other than termination benefits) that are expected to be settled wholly before 12 months after the end of the
with the asset. Financial liabilities are derecognised when the related obligations are discharged or cancelled, or have annual reporting period in which the employees render the related service, including wages, salaries and sick leave. Short‐
expired. The difference between the carrying amount of the financial liability, which is extinguished or transferred to term employee benefits are measured at the (undiscounted) amounts expected to be paid when the obligation is settled.
another party, and the fair value of consideration paid, including the transfer of non‐cash assets or liabilities assumed, is
The association’s obligations for short‐term employee benefits such as wages, salaries and sick leave are recognised as a
recognised in profit or loss.
part of current trade and other payables in the statement of financial position.  
(i) Impairment of assets Other Long‐term employee benefits
At the end of each reporting period, the entity assesses whether there is any indication that an asset may be impaired. If Provision is made for employees’ annual leave entitlements not expected to be settled wholly within 12 months after the
such an indication exists, an impairment test is carried out on the asset by comparing the recoverable amount of the asset, end of the annual reporting period in which the employees render the related service. Other long‐term employee benefits
being the higher of the asset's fair value less costs of disposal and value in use, to the asset's carrying amount. Any excess are measured at the present value of the expected future payments to be made to employees. Expected future payments
of the asset's carrying amount over its recoverable amount is recognised immediately in profit or loss. incorporate anticipated future wage and salary levels, durations of service and employee departures and are discounted at
rates determined by reference to market yields at the end of the reporting period on government bonds that have
Where it is not possible to estimate the recoverable amount of an individual asset, the entity estimates the recoverable maturity dates that approximate the terms of the obligations. Any remeasurements of obligations for other long‐term
amount of the cash‐generating unit to which the asset belongs.

employee benefits for changes in assumptions are recognised in profit or loss in the periods in which the changes occur.
Where the future economic benefits of the asset are not primarily dependent on the asset's ability to generate net cash The association’s obligations for long‐term employee benefits are presented as non‐current provisions in its statement of
inflows and when the entity would, if deprived of the asset, replace its remaining future economic benefits, value in use is financial position, except where the association does not have an unconditional right to defer settlement for at least 12
determined as the depreciated replacement cost of an asset.
months after the reporting date, in which case the obligations are presented as current provisions.
Where an impairment loss on a revalued asset is identified, this is debited against the revaluation surplus in respect of the
same class of asset to the extent that the impairment loss does not exceed the amount in the revaluation surplus for that (m) Comparative Figures
same class of asset.
Comparative figures have been adjusted to conform to changes in presentation for the current financial year where
required by accounting standards or as a result of changes in accounting policy.
(j) Trade and other payables
Trade and other payables represent the liability outstanding at the end of the reporting period for goods and services (n) Economic Dependence
received by the association during the reporting period, which remain unpaid. The balance is recognised as a current
The association is dependent upon the ongoing receipt of State government grants to ensure the ongoing continuance of
liability with the amounts normally paid within 30 days of recognition of the liability.
its programs. This funding, which has been provided since 2001, has been granted with a contract term of two years which
is scheduled to expire on 31 December 2019. At the date of this report, management has no reason to believe that this
(k) Provisions
financial support will not continue.
Provisions are recognised when the association has a legal or constructive obligation, as a result of past events, for which it
is probable that an outflow of economic benefits will result and that outflow can be reliably measured. Provisions are (o) Key Estimates
measured using the best estimate of the amounts required to settle the obligation at the end of the reporting period.
The association assesses impairment at each reporting period by evaluating the conditions and events specific to the
association that may be indicative of impairment triggers. Recoverable amount of the relevant assets are reassessed using
the value‐in‐use calculation which incorporates various key assumptions.

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Employment Network Inc. Employment Network Inc.
Notes to the Financial Statements Notes to the Financial Statements
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017
Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)
2017 2016
(p) Key Judgments Note 2. Revenue $ $
Provision for impairment of receivables Operating activities:
Current trade receivables are generally on 30 to 90 day terms. The collectability of debts is assessed during the year and at
‐ Operational grant income ‐ Department of Education and Training         369,375         363,298
year end a provision is made for any specific doubtful accounts. As at 31 December 2017 trade and other receivables of
‐ Operational grant income ‐ other         189,946         174,500
$1,864 (2016: $7,000) were past due, however the committee do not believe a provision for doubtful debts is required
‐ Capital grant income           16,857           17,796
(2016: $3,500).
‐ Activities income           11,955           13,406
Employee benefits ‐ Other income                327             3,194
For the purpose of measurement, AASB 119: Employee Benefits defines obligations for short‐term employee benefits as Total revenue from operating activities         588,460         572,194
obligations expected to be settled wholly before 12 months after the end of the annual reporting period in which the
employees render the related services. As the association expects that all of its employees would use all of their annual Non‐operating activities:
leave entitlements earned during a reporting period before 12 months after the end of the reporting period, the ‐ Interest received             1,425             1,812
association believes that obligations for annual leave entitlements satisfy the definition of short‐term employee benefits
and, therefore, can be measured at the (undiscounted) amounts expected to be paid to employees when the obligations Total revenue         589,885         574,006
are settled.
Note 3. Expenditure
(q) New Accounting Standards for Application in Future Periods Depreciation and amortisation:

An assessment of accounting standards and interpretations issued by the AASB that are not yet mandatory applicable to ‐ Motor vehicle           13,155           13,662
the association and their potential impact on the association when adopted in future periods is discussed below. ‐ Office equipment             1,316             1,204
Revenue recognition requirements for not‐for‐profits (NFPs) have been reformed with the release in late December 2016 ‐ Leasehold improvements                   44                 ‐
of the following three standards by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB). The new standards are:
          14,515           14,866
‐ AASB 1058 Income of Not‐for‐Profit Entities – this replaces AASB 1004 Contributions and will work in conjunction with
Rental expenses on operating leases           42,155           39,584
AASB 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers to ensure NFP revenue recognition requirements more closely
reflect the economic reality of NFP transactions. The new standard requires revenue from grants and donations be Bad and doubtful debts                 ‐             3,500
recognised when any associated performance obligation to provide goods or services is satisfied, and not immediately
upon receipt as currently occurs. More assets will also be recorded on the balance sheet under the new requirements, Note 4. Cash and Cash Equivalents
including leases with significantly below‐market terms and conditions. AASB 1058 applies for financial reporting
periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019 with early adoption permitted, provided AASB 15 is also applied.
Cash on hand                200                200
‐ AASB 2016‐7 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Deferral of AASB 15 for Not‐for‐Profit Entities – this Cash at bank         221,647         287,207
standard is operative from 1 January 2017 and defers the application of AASB 15 for one year to 1 January 2019,
16         221,847         287,407
providing NFP entities with time to effectively implement it and AASB 1058.
‐ AASB 2016‐8 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards ‐ Australian Implementation Guidance for Non‐for‐ (a) Reconciliation of Cash and Cash Equivalents
Profit Entities – this standard inserts authoritative Australian implementation guidance for NFP entities into AASB 9 Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the financial year as shown in the statement of 
Financial Instruments and AASB 15 to assist them applying those standards to particular transactions and other events. cash flows are reconciled to items in the statement of financial position as follows:
The amendments to AASB 9 provide guidance on the initial measurement and recognition of non‐contractual Cash and cash equivalents          221,847         287,407 
receivables arising from statutory requirements such as taxes, rates and fines. The amendments to AASB 15 provide
guidance in relation to identifying a contract with a customer, identifying performance obligations and allocating the
transaction price to performance obligation. Like AASB 1058, this standard is operative from 1 January 2019.

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Employment Network Inc. Employment Network Inc.
Notes to the Financial Statements Notes to the Financial Statements
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017   For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

2017 2016 Note 8. Property, Plant and Equipment (continued)

Note 5. Trade and Other Receivables $ $
Movements in Carrying Amounts
Movements in carrying amounts for each class of property, plant and equipment between the beginning and the end of the
Trade receivables             4,864             7,825
current financial year.
Provision for doubtful debts 5(a)                 ‐           (3,500) 
 Motor   Plant and   Leasehold 
            4,864             4,325 vehicles  equipment  improvemen  Total 
Grants receivable           24,553           74,213 $ $ $ $
Balance at the beginning of year           70,162             7,118                 ‐           77,280
16           29,417            78,538 
Additions at cost                 ‐             3,090             4,103             7,193
(a) Provision for impairment of receivables Disposals                 ‐                 ‐                 ‐                 ‐
Balance at beginning of year             3,500                 ‐ Depreciation expense (13,155) (1,316) (44) (14,515)
‐ Charged for the year                 ‐             3,500 Carrying amount at the end of the year           57,007             8,892             4,059           69,958
‐ Written off/transferred           (3,500)                  ‐
Balance at year end                 ‐              3,500  2017 2016
Note 9. Trade and Other Payables $ $
Note 6. Other Assets
CURRENT Trade payables             3,021             7,522

Prepayments             4,184              2,774  Australian Tax Office payable           22,811           24,328
Superannuation payable             2,145                607
Note 7. Investments Accrued expenses           16,909           15,436

CURRENT           44,886           47,893

Term deposits 16           35,196            34,398 
Financial liabilities at amortised cost classified as trade and other payables
Note 8. Property, Plant and Equipment Trade payables and other payables:
‐ total current 16           27,977           32,457
Motor vehicles Note 10. Other Liabilities
At cost         100,854         100,854
Accumulated depreciation         (43,847)          (30,692)  CURRENT
Income received in advance ‐ grants           75,787         147,325 
          57,007           70,162
Plant and equipment Note 11. Provisions
At cost           25,477           22,387 CURRENT
Accumulated depreciation         (16,585)          (15,269)  Employee benefits ‐ annual leave           22,449            23,913 
            8,892             7,118 Employee benefits ‐ time off in lieu             1,099                 913 

Leasehold improvements           23,548           24,826

At cost             4,103                 ‐ NON‐CURRENT
Accumulated depreciation                (44)                  ‐ Employee benefits ‐ long service leave             4,016            13,257 
            4,059                 ‐ Provision for Long Service Leave
Total property, plant and equipment           69,958           77,280 A provision has been recognised for employee entitlements relating to long service leave. In calculating the present value
of future cash flows in respect of long service leave, the probability of long service leave being taken is based on historical
data. The measurement and recognition criteria relating to employee benefits has been included in Note 1 (l) to this report. 

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Employment Network Inc. Employment Network Inc.
Notes to the Financial Statements Notes to the Financial Statements
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017   For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

2017 2016 2017 2016

Note 12. Capital and Leasing Commitments $ $ Note 14. Related Party Disclosures $ $

(a) Finance lease commitments During the prior year, the association entered into the following business transactions with
No finance lease commitments were contracted for at year end. the noted Committee Members and their related entities:

(b) Operating lease commitments ‐ Chris Waack, who was the proprietor of Waacks Bakery, provided catering 

Non‐cancellable operating leases contracted for but not capitalised in the financial services to the association                 ‐                 325 
statements: Transactions between related parties are on normal commercial terms and conditions no more favourable than those
‐ not later than 12 months           40,032             4,460 available to other parties unless otherwise stated.
‐ between 12 months and 5 years           16,268             4,409
‐ greater than 5 years                 ‐                 ‐ No other committee members have entered into any material contract with the association since the end of the previous
financial year and there were no other material contracts involving committee members interests subsisting at year end.
          56,300             8,869 There were no loans to committee members.
The property lease commitment is a non‐cancellable operating lease contracted for but not capitalised in the financial
statements which has a term of two years, with rent payable quarterly in advance. Note 15. Contingent Liabilities and Assets

The motor vehicle lease commitment is a non‐cancellable operating lease contracted for but not capitalised in the During the course of the 2013 and 2014 year, the association purchased three motor vehicles totalling $35,862 to support
financial statements which has a term of three years, with rent payable monthly in advance. the L2P Learner Driver Program. These vehicles were partly funded by donations and grants from a variety of community
The copier and printer lease commitment is a non‐cancellable operating lease contracted for but not capitalised in the
At the time of purchase the association agreed that any money received in the event of the vehicles being sold will be

financial statements which has a term of four years, with rent payable monthly in advance.
repaid to the relevant community group and would be split according to the percentage of the donated amount.
(c) Capital expenditure commitments
At the date of this report, the association has no intention to dispose of these motor vehicles. However the association
No capital expenditure commitments were contracted for at year end.
recognises the amount potentially payable as a contingent liability. Based on the vehicle costs, depreciation and
2017 2016
contribution percentages, the estimated contingent liability is as follows:
Note 13. Cash Flow Information $ $
2017 2016
Reconciliation of cash flow from operations with surplus / (deficit) after income tax $ $
Surplus / (Deficit) after income tax expense (34,731)           46,454 Estimated vehicle contribution           12,916            15,896 
2017 2016
Non‐cash flows in surplus / (deficit):
Note 16. Financial Risk Management
‐ depreciation and amortisation           14,515           14,866
‐ bad and doubtful debts                 ‐             3,500 The association's financial instruments consist mainly of deposits with banks, accounts 
receivable and payable, and leases.
Changes in assets and liabilities:
‐ (increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables           49,121 (46,325) The totals of each category of financial instruments, measured in accordance with AASB 139 
‐ (increase)/decrease in other assets (1,410)           13,273 detailed in the accounting policies to these financial statements, are as follows:
‐ (increase)/decrease in investments (798) (878) Financial assets
‐ increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables (3,007)           10,879 Cash and cash equivalents 4         221,847         287,407
‐ increase/(decrease) in other liabilities (71,538)         147,325 Trade and other receivables 5           29,417           78,538
‐ increase/(decrease) in provisions (10,519)             1,095 Investments 7           35,196           34,398
Cash flows from operations         (58,367)          190,189 Total financial assets         286,460         400,343
Financial liabilities
Financial liabilities at amortised cost:
‐ trade and other payables 9           27,977           32,457
Total financial liabilities           27,977           32,457

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Employment Network Inc.
Notes to the Financial Statements
  For the Year Ended 31 December 2017

Note 17. Events after the Reporting Period

There have been no events subsequent to the balance sheet date that have an impact that would require disclosure in the
financial statements or notes there of.     

Note 18. Associations Details

The registered office and principal place of business is:

Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network Inc.
3/5 Laby Street
Ararat Victoria 3377

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Central Grampians LLEN would like
to acknowledge support from the
following organisations:
Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network
ABN 67 845 485 864

Ararat Charitable Trust
Grampian Ford

Phone: 03 5352 3266 Email: 3/5 Laby Street, PO Box 255, Ararat Victoria 3377