- 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.
A tireless 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 elected AEU 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.
- AEU Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos resigns to take up position with Education International Media Release 30 October 2014
The Australian Education Union said today that Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos has announced his resignation after seven years as leader.
- Pyne makes another attack on Gonski with push to water down accountability for schools funding Media Release 21 October 2014
The Abbott Government's attack on Gonski schools funding is continuing – with legislation passed by the House of Representatives last night aiming to reduce accountability for how Gonski funding is allocated and spent by State Governments and private school authorities.
- New survey shows high class sizes, increasing workloads in Australian schools Media Release 19 October 2014
High class sizes and teacher workloads are the two main concerns revealed by the most recent Staff in Australia's Schools (SiAS) Report, the AEU said today.
- Pyne's Curriculum Review discredited by racist email revelations Media Release 17 October 2014
Racist emails sent by the academic charged with assessing the English curriculum have tainted the credibility of the Abbott Government's National Curriculum Review, the AEU said today.
- Education is part of the pathway out of poverty AEU Statement for Anti-Poverty Week 2014
As Australia acknowledges Anti-Poverty Week 2014, it is important to recognise the link between education and pathways out of poverty.
- Curriculum review proves to be a waste of time which will do nothing to improve schools Media Release 12 October 2014
The release of the Abbott Government's response to the review of the national curriculum has confirmed that it was simply a distraction which will do nothing to close the achievement gaps and lift overall student performance, the AEU said today.
Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. It was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17. In 2014, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 12th to 18th October 2014.
- Abbott Government walks away from schools funding at COAG yet again Media Release 10 October 2014
The Abbott Government's refusal to discuss schools funding and the Gonski reforms at today's COAG meeting shows they are walking away from needs-based funding of Australian schools, the AEU said today.
- Premier Baird must stand up to Tony Abbott over school funding cuts at COAG Media Release 9 October 2014
NSW Premier Mike Baird must fight against funding cuts to NSW schools at tomorrow's Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra, the AEU said today.
- Government changes to universities will reduce teacher quality Media Release 8 October 2014
The Abbott Government's push to increase university fees and student debts and allow for-profit companies to access government funding will hurt schools by reducing teacher quality, the AEU said today.
- Abbott Government's response to Gonski Senate Inquiry
confirms broken promise to better fund students with
disability Media Release 3 October 2014
The Abbott Government's response to a Senate Inquiry recommending it implement the full
six years of Gonski funding has confirmed it will break its election promise and do nothing
about the damaging shortfall in funding for students with disability.
- SA, ACT take Minister Pyne's IPS money, but won't create Independent Public Schools Media Release 24 September 2014
Christopher Pyne's flawed Independent Public Schools policy has taken another hit, with both South Australia and the ACT accepting funding from his $70 million IPS fund without actually creating Independent Public Schools.
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