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5 September 2015

The AEU’s submission to a Senate Inquiry on disability education has called for the Abbott Government to extend support funding to all students with a disability from 2016, and for disability education to be a compulsory part of teaching degrees.

2 September 2015

Private training providers must be better regulated to protect students and limits placed on the amount of government funding they can receive, the AEU will tell a Senate Inquiry in Melbourne today.


26 August 2015

Today’s National Reform Summit has recognised the value of needs-based Gonski schools funding for Australia’s economic future, and the Abbott Government should follow its lead.

26 August 2015

Equitable funding of schools through the needs-based Gonski funding model is the key to continuing economic growth in Australia.

5 August 2015

The lack of progress in NAPLAN results and continuing gaps in achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students show the importance of delivering the full six years of Gonski funding.


25 July 2015

The Labor Party’s commitment to needs-based Gonski schools funding, made at its Federal Conference today, is welcome, but needs to be backed with funding for the full six years of the Gonski agreements.

23 July 2015

Australia’s political leaders must reach agreement on fully implementing Gonski if they are to lift Australian school performance and must keep TAFEs at the centre of vocational education.

22 July 2015

Tony Abbott and State Premiers must use today’s leaders retreat to focus on delivering Gonski funding and stop the planned $30 billion cut in federal funding for education.

6 July 2015

A new analysis of schools funding up until 2013 shows the clear need for the full six years of needs- based Gonski funding to close gaps in resources between schools.

1 July 2015

Teachers and other professionals working in detention centres must be free to report suspicions of abuse of children without the threat of jail.


29 June 2015

The Abbott Government’s plans to abandon needs-based Gonski schools funding will entrench inequity

25 June 2015

The Australian Education Union today welcomed the announcement that a Federal Labor Government would guarantee a proportion of vocational education funding to TAFE.

24 June 2015

Governments must act to preserve the unique role of TAFEs at the heart of Australia’s vocational training system, the AEU said today.

22 June 2015

The Australian Education Union today called on state and territory governments to reject the Abbott Government’s reported proposals to stop funding

17 June 2015

The AEU’s submission to the Federal Government’s Review of the Disability Standards in Education calls for more resources for schools and better training

8 June 2015

New evidence has emerged confirming huge underfunding of students with disability in schools, the AEU said today.

3 June 2015

Education Minister Christopher Pyne now has a chance to move on from his failed Independent Public Schools policy and do something

1 June 2015

Education Minister Christopher Pyne is intent on turning the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) into an unrepresentative body


29 May 2015

Today’s Education Ministers Council in Brisbane has confirmed the importance of needs-based funding

28 May 2015

Tomorrow’s Education Ministers meeting in Brisbane must be used by the States and Territories to put pressure on the Abbott Government

18 May 2015

The Australian Education Union has welcomed the call from the Opposition for a Senate Inquiry into the education of students with disability, as a way of highlighting the effect of chronic resource shortages in the area.

15 May 2015

A new survey of parents by Children with Disability Australia shows the need to increase resources to schools to allow them to properly educate students with disability, the AEU said today.

14 May 2015

The AEU has welcomed Labor’s plans to increase the number of specialist teachers in Australian schools, but warns that these measures are no substitute for full needsbased funding of schools.

13 May 2015

Students with disability must receive extra funding support from next year, not just a standardisation of the current inadequate funding system, the AEU said today.

12 May 2015

Students with disability have been let down again by a Federal Budget which fails to deliver funding for a vitally-needed ‘disability loading’ for schools, the AEU said today.