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VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT ACTIONSWORK TO DATE (OCTOBER 2023)WORK TO COME
1. Bringing back the SEC to deliver affordable, reliable renewable energy for Victoria. The new SEC will become an energy market proponent under a 10-year plan, with profits invested back into the energy system.
  • Established the SEC Implementation Office tasked with setting up the SEC.
  • Established SEC Victoria Pty Ltd.
  • Appointed a highly credentialled Expert Advisory Panel to guide development of the SEC’s strategic plan.
  • Worked with Traditional Owners to develop engagement principles.
  • Listened to stakeholders from across the energy sector, the education and training sectors, and from across industry to help inform SEC’s strategic direction.
  • Released the SEC strategic plan.
  • Commenced search for the SEC board of directors.
  • Appoint an independent board and build the SEC team to deliver the strategic plan.
  • Deliver the SEC strategic plan, focused on:
    • Investing to accelerate the energy transition
    • Supporting the switch to all-electric households
    • Building a renewable energy workforce
  • Educate and engage industry and households on the options and benefits of home electrification, including how they can access trusted resources to support their energy decisions.
  • Pilot household solutions to reduce energy costs with the view to rolling out to more households over time.
2. Invest an initial $1 billion towards delivering 4.5 GW of renewable energy.
  • Released a Pioneer Investment Mandate and conducted a market search and assessment to identify the first investment.
  • Received and assessed more than 100 registrations of interest in response to the Pioneer Investment Mandate, including more than 30 GW of storage and 24 GW of generation.
  • Announce pioneer investment by end of 2023.
  • Invest initial $1 billion towards 4.5 GW of new renewable generation and storage.
  • Build pipeline of potential assets and technologies aligned with short and long-term supply strategy.
  • SEC to take responsibility for Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET 1 & 2) and Bulgana contracts from 2025.
  • SEC to begin servicing Victorian Government energy requirements from 2025.

3. Incorporate renewable energy into the VET Delivered to School Students (VDSS) Core Offering.

4. Develop renewable energy into the vocational education and training (VET) certificates and other qualifications that will deliver world-class training and career pathways for Victorians.

  • The Department of Education created a new ‘Clean Energy and Engineering Pathway’ in the VDSS Core Offering.
  • Existing VDSS Core Offering certificates that are related to work in renewable energy have been included in the new Clean Energy and Engineering Pathway.
  • The Department of Education undertook extensive consultation with key stakeholders including Clean Energy Council, TAFEs, schools, students, industry representatives, and other government departments, when determining what certificates should be included in the new pathway.
  • The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) began planning to develop new renewable energy certificates, informed through consultation and engagement activities undertaken with industry and at the SEC Energy Jobs and Skills Forum.
  • DJSIR to continue working with industry and the training sector to identify new training needs and inform the development of relevant certificates and training products by 2026.
  • The Department of Education will work closely with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to ensure that any new certificates developed are assessed for suitability for senior secondary students and for incorporation into the VCE-VET programs and VDSS Core Offering.
  • SEC to support the Department of Education and DJSIR to promote the above initiatives through ongoing engagement with students at schools, career days and events.

5. Help create 59,000 new renewable energy jobs as part of the energy transition, including 6,000 new apprentices and trainees.

6. Establish the SEC Centre of Training Excellence to coordinate courses in renewable energy, connecting with TAFEs, registered training organisations, unions and industry.

  • Hosted the SEC Energy Jobs and Skills Forum with more than 300 experts and stakeholders to help shape the Victorian Energy Jobs Plan and inform development of the SEC Centre for Training Excellence.
  • Engaged with Traditional Owners, industry, schools, TAFEs, universities, and industry-based registered training organisations to gather insights and discuss needs and opportunities.
  • Contributed to the Victorian Energy Jobs Plan, which will identify skills and training needed to support renewable energy industries, including offshore wind and solar.
  • Began developing a business case for the SEC Centre of Training Excellence.
  • Continue engagement with stakeholders and complete the business case for the SEC Centre of Training Excellence, with implementation beginning from mid-2025.
  • Promote local workforce opportunities through pioneer investment.

7. Raise awareness of career opportunities in renewable energy through ongoing engagement with students at career days and events.

8. Visit government schools and career nights to promote career opportunities in renewable energy.

  • Engaged with more than 300 secondary school students through the Gippy Youth New Energy Summit in Sale.
  • Engaged students and future workforce through SEC Energy Jobs and Skills Forum, and events such as the Gippsland New Energy Conference, Melbourne Royal Show, and the Careers for Net Zero Fair.
  • Commenced discussions with the Department of Education to explore collaboration opportunities and most effective methods for reaching schools.
  • Planning underway to engage more students through career nights and events, including through tech schools.
  • SEC to attend career nights and events from late 2023 to engage thousands of students to build awareness of career opportunities in renewable energy. This will scale up by 2025.
  • Identify more avenues to engage and excite students about renewable energy careers through the SEC Centre of Training Excellence business case.

9. Establish an SEC presence in the Latrobe Valley.

  • Secured office space in Morwell.
  • Confirmed all advertised SEC roles to be based in Melbourne or Morwell.
  • Recruitment for SEC roles to begin in November 2023. Roles to be based in Melbourne and/or Morwell.

10. Enshrine the SEC in Victoria’s Constitution.

  • Started drafting a Bill to amend the Constitution Act 1975 to enshrine the SEC into the Victorian Constitution.
  • Recruitment for SEC roles to begin in November 2023. Roles to be based in Melbourne and/or Morwell.

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SEC strategic plan to accelerate Victoria's renewable energy transition

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Developing the renewable energy workforce of the future

The SEC Energy Jobs and Skills Forum welcomed more than 300 industry and community leaders to share insights to help inform the SEC Centre of Training Excellence and the Victorian Energy Jobs Plan.

Students consider renewables careers at Gippsland energy summit

Helping the environment and their communities are key motivators for these young Gippsland students considering a career in renewable energy.

Energy upgrades deliver a feel-good bonus

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From devastation comes hope – and a new, energy-efficient school

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Electrical apprenticeship sparks a career in solar for Madi

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All-electric homes open up a world of diverse career opportunities

“It feels good to be part of an industry that’s part of the solution. To know we are contributing in a small way to something that is so much bigger than us.”

Happy outcome for Victorian sparky who helps people electrify and save money

Mornington Peninsula business owner Trent Jones has seen vast changes in his industry since starting out as an electrician 18 years ago.

Sparky adds value to his business with a solar qualification from TAFE

Joe Gauci was 16 when he joined the original SEC as an apprentice electrician in the Latrobe Valley.