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18 June 2021

The report in today’s Nine Newspapers, ‘Australia’s top private schools are growing richer and faster than ever’ is clear evidence that for eight long years, the Federal Government has failed to invest in the resources and infrastructure public schools need to provide the education and support public students deserve.

11 June 2021

A new report shows investment in public school capital works would help lift student performance and could generate over $5 billion every year in economic stimulus due to increased employment and improved student outcomes.

7 June 2021

The Australian Education Union is calling on the Federal Government to make the education workforce a priority for COVID-19 vaccination.


27 May 2021

Today on Public Education Day, 24 organisations representing millions of Australian parents, teachers and community members have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to fix the deep inequity in public school funding.

14 May 2021

The Australian Education Union has welcomed a new report from UNSW’s Gonski Institute for Education proposing a NAPLAN replacement that puts students at the heart of assessment.

12 May 2021

The Morrison Government’s 2021-22 Federal Budget is another profound fail for public school and TAFE staff, students and parents across the nation.

10 May 2021

The annual NAPLAN tests, which commence in schools tomorrow, are simply not fit for purpose, according to public school teachers and principals.


29 April 2021

The Australian Education Union is calling on Education Ministers to put funding of Australia’s public schools at the top of the agenda for Friday’s Education Ministers Meeting.

26 April 2021

Today, on behalf of AEU members, I have written to every member of the House of Representatives and Senate to seek support for long-term investment for preschool.

15 April 2021

The review into teacher training, announced today by Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge, simply demonstrates the continued failure of the Coalition Government to deliver the funding and resources we know will lift student performance.


31 March 2021

The Australian Education Union (AEU) welcomes Labor’s commitment to guarantee at least 70% of all public funding for vocational education to TAFE.

23 March 2021

More than eight in ten Australians (83%) believe that increasing public school funding should be a priority issue at the next federal election, according to new polling released today.

11 March 2021

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge’s announcement of yet another education review ignores the significant body of evidence that already exists about the failure of the Federal Government to address the school funding equity gap.


19 February 2021

New school enrolment figures have provided further evidence of the growing demand for public education and of the deep inequality entrenched in the distribution of capital funds across Australia’s education system.

17 February 2021

The Australian Education Union (AEU) is calling on governments across the country to make TAFE their first priority as Australia looks to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and tackle the country’s skills crisis.

2 February 2021

The annual Report into Government Services (ROGS) provides evidence of the fundamental failure of the Federal Government to ensure that public schools across Australia have the funding needed for their students.


21 January 2021

The Productivity Commission’s final report into the National Agreement on Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD), recommending that governments should continue their agenda for more contestable funding for the VET sector, will see a further narrowing of options for students and diminish Australia’s vocational education sector.



16 December 2020

Latest Government data from the NCVER shows that federal government funding for VET fell by a further $123.1 million in 2019. A further fall from the $315 million cut in 2017-2018.

11 December 2020

The Federal Government has allocated more than $1 billion in additional funding between the Catholic and private school sectors while completely ignoring public schools.

11 December 2020

The Education Council must commit to guaranteed permanent funding to enable all children access to 15 hours per week of preschool education in the year before full-time schooling.

9 December 2020

The latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) report has revealed the impact of the Federal Government’s deeply inequitable school funding policy and its failure to provide targeted resources and support to address the lower achievement levels for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

3 December 2020

Nine out of ten public school principals report having to access funds from other areas of school budgets to make up for significant shortfalls in Commonwealth funding for students with disability, according to the latest “State of our Schools” survey.


13 November 2020

‚ÄčA call to increase the certainty of Commonwealth funding to guarantee access to preschool is welcome recognition of the critical role that Early Childhood Education (ECE) has in providing equity of opportunity for all children to get the best start to their education.


30 October 2020

On World Teachers’ Day, we celebrate and recognise the achievements of the teaching profession. Teachers who are taking the lead in crisis to ensure all students can continue their education.

28 October 2020

A major study by the Mitchell Institute and Victoria University Educational Opportunity in Australia 2020: Who succeeds and who misses out? provides further evidence of the deep inequality entrenched across Australia’s education system.