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28 January 2016

The AEU today welcomed Labor’s commitment to delivering the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding to our schools and called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to match it.

19 January 2016

The AEU has welcomed reports today that the Victorian Government is considering following NSW’s lead and introducing minimum academic standards for beginning teachers, in an attempt to lift entry scores for teaching degrees.

15 January 2016

The Turnbull Government must act immediately on the recommendations of a Senate Inquiry and keep its promise to properly fund disability in schools in 2016.



29 December 2015

Reports that the Turnbull Government will fail to honour the last two years of needs-based Gonski funding agreements would see thousands of students who need help abandoned, the AEU said today.

15 December 2015

Thousands of children with disability will be left without funded support at school after the Federal Government’s failure to deliver a promised increase in resources to schools in 2016.

11 December 2015

Thousands of children with disability will continue to miss out on funded support at school unless the Federal Government delivers on its promise to increase disability funding in 2016 at today’s Education Ministers conference.

8 December 2015

The Turnbull Government’s innovation agenda must tackle inequity in schools and shortages of qualified maths and science teachers if it is to succeed.

3 December 2015

The Turnbull Government must outline how it will deliver promised increases in funding to schools for students with disability from 2016.

3 December 2015

A new survey has confirmed that high workloads and under-resourcing are leading to higher stress levels for principals.

1 December 2015

The Federal Government’s announcement of a cap on VET FEE-HELP funding for next year does not go far enough and the program should be suspended.

1 December 2015

The results of the Federal Government’s Literacy and Numeracy test for teaching students shows we need rigorous entry standards for teaching students.


30 November 2015

The Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership report into Initial Teacher Education further strengthens the case for minimum entry scores for teaching courses, with more data showing that ATAR scores continue to decline.

27 November 2015

The collapse of private training company Vocation, which will affect up to 12,000 students, is another symptom of the crisis in privatised vocational training.

25 November 2015

A new OECD report has shown Australian governments spend less on schools than the OECD average, and has higher class sizes.


30 October 2015

The AEU has welcomed new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that the Federal Government is “considering” implementing the 5th and 6th years of needs-based Gonski funding.

30 October 2015

The AEU has called on all politicians to support the efforts of teachers on World Teachers’ Day by backing the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding for our schools.

29 October 2015

Revelations of a blowout in unpaid VET FEE-HELP debt shows the need for a halt to the privatisation of Vocational Education and Training and for guaranteed funding to be delivered to TAFEs.

26 October 2015

The Turnbull Government must act on the findings of a new report from the Mitchell Institute which shows the disturbing gaps in achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students, and the importance of needs-based Gonski funding to address this.

26 October 2015

Gonski Week (Oct 26 - Nov 1) starts today celebrating the difference Gonski funding is making to schools and the need for governments to provide the full six years of needs-based funding recommended by the Gonski Review.

23 October 2015

The AEU has called on new Education Minister Simon Birmingham to meet the Federal Government’s commitment to properly fund all students with disability, not cut funding.

19 October 2015

Public schools in the Northern Territory are missing out on millions of dollars in funding due to the Giles Government’s budget cuts and failure to pass on needs-based Gonski funding from the Federal Government.

15 October 2015

The Federal Government’s so-called crackdown on dodgy providers in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, will make no improvement to what is a fundamentally broken system.

8 October 2015

New Education Minister Simon Birmingham must take action to fix declining entry standards for teaching courses, the AEU said today.

1 October 2015

New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must listen to the views of business leaders, community groups and unions at todays’ ‘mini-summit’ in Canberra and commit to funding the full six years of the Gonski reforms.


18 September 2015

Students with disability are missing out on funded support in schools, secret data from the Federal Government’s own data collection process shows.