Australia’s public schools have a strong tradition of providing accessible, quality education for all Australians.
AEU fights for proper resourcing of public schools and for the rights of the teachers, principals and support staff who work in them.
We are the voice of the teaching profession; active in debates over curriculum, assessment, school resourcing and teacher education.
Read more in the Australian Educator.
The Gonski campaign
The Gonski campaign, has put fairer school funding on the national agenda, and we are continuing to fight for equity in schools funding.
Public schools have lost out from previous funding systems which distributed money based on sector rather than need. At the same time Australia’s school performance slipped down international rankings.
The 2011 review of schools funding led by respected businessman David Gonski recommended a new needs-based funding system that guarantees every school the resources it needs for its students. While all schools are winners from the Gonski reforms, the biggest winners will be the public schools which educate the majority of disadvantaged students.
In 2013 the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments agreed to implement the Gonski plan.
The Abbott government has abandoned this deal and this will mean a real cut to the funding of all schools after 2017.
The AEU will not let this once-in-a-generation chance for fair school funding be abandoned.
We will continue to campaign make fair funding for public schools a national priority.
Join the Gonski campaign at www.igiveagonski.com.au
- Gonski - what's at risk 23 November 2016
- Will the numbers add up? Australian Educator Summer 2016
- Gonski revolution helps school 20 September 2016
- The precarious state of schools funding in Australia following the 2016 Federal Election, Jim McMorrow August 2016
- Feeling the heat Australian Educator Autumn 2016
- OECD Report shows we need Gonski to address link between disadvantage and low performance at school Media Release 11 February 2016