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2018

August

15 August 2018

Early Childhood Education (ECE) delegates from around the nation will descend on federal parliament today to ensure that politicians understand the importance of guaranteed ongoing funding for universal access to preschool for all four-year-old children.

10 August 2018

Reports of a second planned meeting by senior state and territory education officials about the NAPLAN online crisis have exposed a lack of leadership by Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham.

8 August 2018

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham needs to provide an immediate explanation to parents and teachers over how significant the problems are with the NAPLAN online data.

6 August 2018

The Turnbull government is abandoning Australia’s preschool children with its plan to cut nearly $500 million in funding to the early childhood education sector.

2 August 2018

A new private-sector teacher recruitment program funded by the Turnbull Government would send unqualified candidates with no experience into Australian school classrooms to teach public school students, with the hope of earning their teaching credentials on the job.

July

31 July 2018

A plan by the Turnbull government to create another private school special funding deal is categorical proof of the failure of the Gonski 2.0 education funding model to provide fair funding for all school students in Australia.

9 July 2018

Simon Birmingham’s solution to fix shrinking school student science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrolments fails to address the real issue of having a comprehensive plan to fix teacher shortages.

5 July 2018

The Turnbull government has blindsided the teaching profession by planning the biggest Australian school curriculum reforms in decades without consulting the very teachers, principals and support staff who will be forced to implement the changes.

June

22 June 2018

The teaching profession could refuse to cooperate with the Turnbull government’s education funding reforms, which will leave nearly nine in ten public schools in Australia without enough funding to meet the needs of each student by 2023.

21 June 2018

Public calls to review NAPLAN have reverberated across the nation, and announcement by the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP of Labor backing such a review is a welcome acknowledgement of the teaching profession’s concerns.

19 June 2018

The future of Australia’s TAFE system, which has provided vocational education for millions of Australian plumbers, nurses, child care staff and other workers is under significant threat due to a dire lack of government funding.

15 June 2018

NEW polling has shown that state school funding will be a crucial issue deciding the by-election in Longman, with two-thirds of residents in the electorate saying state school funding levels will be a key consideration in determining their vote.

13 June 2018

NEW polling has shown that public school funding will be a crucial issue deciding the by-election in Braddon, with more than three in four residents in the electorate saying public school funding levels will be a key consideration in determining their vote.

May

11 May 2018

The Australian Education Union welcomes the strong commitments made by the ALP in their budget reply speech to support the public TAFE system by guaranteeing a minimum 2/3 government funding to the public TAFE system. Labor's plan to restore funding to the sector, and to re-build Australia's network of campuses around the country stands in stark contrast with the Turnbull government's approach.

9 May 2018

The 2018-2019 Federal Budget has failed to deliver fair funding for public schools, with the Turnbull Government yet again prioritising big business over our children and their future.

1 May 2018

In the wake of the Gonski 2.0 report released yesterday, the Australian Education Union (AEU) is calling on the PM Malcolm Turnbull to urgently address the gaping resource shortages facing public schools under the Government’s current school funding agenda.

April

30 April 2018

The Australian Education Union (AEU) says recommendations in the Through Growth to Achievement Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools released today require significant resources, yet PM Malcolm Turnbull has cut $1.9 billion funding to public schools over the next two years alone.

13 April 2018

Many of the country’s wealthiest and overfunded private schools are receiving bonus payments from a secret $7 million government ‘slash fund’.

13 April 2018

The Australian Education Union is calling on the Federal Government to commission an independent review of NAPLAN ahead of the Education Council meeting on 13 April 2018 in Adelaide.

March

11 March 2018

The Australian Education Union welcomes the South Australian Government’s announcement this morning that it will increase funding for vocational education and skills by $100 million, and calls on the Federal Government to reinvest in public vocational education.

8 March 2018

‚ÄčThe latest My School data exposes the gross inequities in Malcolm Turnbull’s education funding system. The data reveals how four elite Sydney schools alone have spent just under $200 million on capital works between 2014 and 2016, while public schools continue to suffer funding cuts under Turnbull’s education funding plan.

February

25 February 2018

The Australian Education Union’s Federal Conference condemned the inequitable funding policies of the Turnbull Government that will delivers billions extra to private schools while leaving public schools under-­resourced.

23 February 2018

The Australian Education Union’s national conference commences in Melbourne today, with the Turnbull Government’s cuts to public schools and TAFE the first order of business. Party leaders Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale will address the conference. Malcolm Turnbull did not respond to an invitation to attend.

23 February 2018

The Australian Labor Party’s commitment to establish a National Commission of Inquiry into post-secondary education is a great first step towards rebuilding TAFE, and placing it at the centre of a revitalised post-secondary education system.

10 February 2018

The announcement by Education Minister Simon Birmingham to undermine teacher registration and encourage people from other professions to move into a teaching role, is yet another move to by the Federal Government which implemented will have broad ramifications for teaching and education in our schools.