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  • AEU Statement on Pakistan School Massacre Media Release 17 December 2014
    The AEU wishes to express its shock at the massacre of over 100 students and teachers at a school in Pakistan and its solidarity with the families of the victims and the school community.

  • Australian Educator Summer 2014

  • NSW Labor's plan to protect TAFE should be followed by other States Media Release 22 November 2014
    The announcement by NSW Labor that they would protect TAFE's future by putting a cap on contestable funding if elected should be emulated by political parties and State Governments across Australia, the Australian Education Union said today.

  • We won't close Indigenous education gap without needs-based Gonski funding Media Release 19 November 2014
    A new Productivity Commission report showing there has been very little progress in improving Indigenous literacy and numeracy shows we must move to needs-based resourcing of the schools Indigenous students attend, the AEU said today.

  • The Australian TAFE Teacher Spring 2014

  • Rob Durbridge, former Federal Secretary of the Australian Education Union, passed away on 10 November after a year-long battle with cancer.

    Atireless advocate for public education, Rob was also a passionate leader in the labour movement and the global struggle for social justice and peace.

    Rob began teaching with disadvantaged and disengaged youth in Adelaide (South Australia) in the 1970s, then in Bathurst (New South Wales). Following a period working as an industrial officer for the AEU, Rob was electedAEU Federal Secretary in 1994 and served in the post for 12 years.

    Rob was a man of wit, of intellect and ideas. He was a mentor to many.

    A giant among his colleagues and across the progressive labour movement, Rob's passing leaves the world a better place for his having trod its paths.

    A true internationalist, Rob will be sadly missed.

    Our thoughts and condolences go out to Rob's wife Wendy, his children and grandchild.

  • Principals survey finds lack of resourcing their biggest concern Media Release 13 November 2014
    New research shows over 80 per cent of Australian principals say that a lack of resources is hurting education at their school, the AEU said today.

  • ASQA Report shows need for greater regulation as majority of for-profit training providers fail to meet basic standards Media Release 7 November 2014
    Revelations that 75 per cent of Registered Training Organisations are failing to meet training and assessment standards, should lead to tighter regulation of heavily subsidised for-profit providers, the AEU said today.

  • Report shows huge number of students with disability not receiving support, Abbott Government must honour promise to increase funding Media Release 3 November 2014
    A new report prepared for State Education Ministers shows there are at least 100,000 students with a disability in Australian schools not receiving support funding, the AEU said today.

  • Last chance for Abbott Government to act to support students with disability Media Release 31 October 2014
    Today's meeting of Education Ministers is the last chance for Federal and State Governments to agree to provide much-needed increases in support for students with disability, the AEU said today.

  • BAWM debacle shows need for stronger national regulation of for-profit training providers Media Release 30 October 2014
    Stronger national regulation of for-profit vocational training providers is required after the decision by the Victorian Government to withhold $19.6 million in payments from BAWM (a subsidiary of ASX-listed company Vocation) for failing to provide a proper standard of training.

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