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17 May 2017

South Australian parents can now see how much their children’s local school will lose under the Turnbull Government’s plan for education. Data released today by the Australian Education Union shows Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s education plan will slash $265 million from South Australian schools in 2018 and 2019.

13 May 2017

The AEU is gravely concerned about Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s position on education funding as reported today and her subsequent released statement.

12 May 2017

The Opposition sent Australian apprentices and vocational education students a glimmer of hope in its Budget Reply last night by making commitments to address chronic underfunding of public TAFEs, and addressing key issues around funding to private training organisations.

11 May 2017

Tonight's Budget Reply sets the scene for an election campaign that will be fought on out children's education and their futures. the AEu said today.

11 May 2017

Australian apprentices and vocational education students are losers in Turnbull’s ongoing attack agenda on our public TAFEs. An analysis of the 2017 Federal Budget shows significant funding cuts to TAFEs that will hurt apprentices seeking to become job-ready.

9 May 2017

Today’s Federal Budget has confirmed Malcolm Turnbull is walking away from needs-based Gonski funding, disadvantaged schools and their students.

5 May 2017

No political party that supports equity or fair funding of schools should support Malcolm Turnbull’s new schools funding model.

4 May 2017

Today’s announcement that the Turnbull Government will extend preschool funding to the end of 2018 won’t end the sector’s long-term uncertainty.

4 May 2017

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has admitted that there is no guarantee schools will reach the Schooling Resource Standard under the Turnbull Government’s new funding model.

4 May 2017

A clear majority of voters in the Coalition’s 20 most marginal seats want Malcolm Turnbull to reverse his cuts to Gonski funding and believe it is far more important for Australia’s future than his plan for a $48 billion corporate tax cut.

3 May 2017

Malcolm Turnbull’s latest policy on schools funding will leave schools with billions of dollars of resources less than they need, and is no substitute for honouring the six-year Gonski agreements in full.


28 April 2017

Parents and preschool teachers and co-educators still have no certainty that four-year-old preschool will be funded in full beyond 2017, due to Malcolm Turnbull’s failure to commit to funding the successful program.

7 April 2017

The Turnbull Government’s attempts to scrap Gonski funding have been completely rejected at a farcical Education Council meeting in Hobart today.

7 April 2017

TAFEs must be guaranteed at least 70% of all government Vocational Education and Training (VET) funding.

7 April 2017

The Turnbull Government must listen to state and territory ministers at today’s Education Council meeting in Hobart and abandon its plans to end Gonski needs-based funding after 2017.

5 April 2017

The Turnbull Government has failed its own test to develop a new schools funding model in time for 2018 and has no alternative but to honour the Gonski agreements with the states.

5 April 2017

A new analysis of My School funding data has shown the importance of Gonski needs-based funding to fix a broken system which saw government funding to private schools rise more than twice as fast as public schools from 2009 to 2015.

2 April 2017

Australia’s public schools are increasingly reliant on fundraising for everything from literacy and numeracy teachers to library books and computers, and teachers are dipping into their own pockets to provide students with the basics, an AEU survey of educators has found.


22 March 2017

Students who struggle with literacy and numeracy, or who have a disability or learning difficulty, will suffer the most if Malcolm Turnbull scraps Gonski funding after 2017, an AEU survey of principals has found.

15 March 2017

More than half of Australian students are in schools where maths and science teaching are affected by resource shortages, the latest international data shows.

1 March 2017

The AEU’s “I Give a Gonski” Campaign will launch a national bus tour in Adelaide and Brisbane today to highlight the great results Gonski funding is delivering to schools and the threat to students from Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to scrap Gonski after this year.


24 February 2017

The AEU today called on Malcolm Turnbull to abandon his plans to slash Gonski funding for schools after this year as it released a new report showing the outstanding results schools are already achieving with increased Gonski funding.

15 February 2017

Schools need to be properly resourced to relieve rising principal stress level.

3 February 2017

Figures on school funding released by the Productivity Commission today have refuted Malcolm Turnbull’s claims of spending increases on schools, and shown the unfair funding system that existed before the Gonski reforms.

1 February 2017

The AEU today launched its “Protect Our Preschools” campaign, calling on the Turnbull Government to guarantee long-term funding for four-year-old preschool beyond 2017.