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2024

May

15 May 2024

The urgent need for the full funding of NSW public schools is demonstrated in new research that reveals acute teacher shortages, unsustainable workloads and alarming declines in student wellbeing and engagement that schools do not have the resources to fully address.

14 May 2024

The Australian Education Union welcomes the Albanese Government’s $600 million investment in skills and training as part of the 2024-2025 Federal Budget.

14 May 2024

The Federal Budget fails to deliver the funding that public schools need and will widen a $30 billion capital infrastructure divide between public and private schools.

6 May 2024

The Australian Education Union (AEU) has welcomed the announcement today of the Commonwealth Practice Payments, proposed to address the widespread issue of “placement poverty” and provide financial support to students during their practical placements in higher education and vocational sectors.

5 May 2024

New research shows the urgent need for the full funding of Victorian public schools with teacher shortages and alarming declines on student and teacher wellbeing having a widespread impact.

3 May 2024

New research shows governments are failing to deliver the funding public schools need to educate the rapidly increasing numbers of students with disabilities with nine out of ten principals saying their school is under-resourced in this area.

April

29 April 2024

New research shows the urgent need for the full funding of South Australian public schools with three quarters affected by teacher shortages and alarming declines reported in student and teacher wellbeing.

26 April 2024

Education Ministers meeting in Perth today must make real progress on public school funding with new research revealing the urgent need for the additional investment to lift results and combat debilitating teacher shortages and declining student and teacher wellbeing.

March

26 March 2024

The Australian Education Union today used skywriting above Parliament House in Canberra to deliver a message to the Prime Minister about the need to keep his promise to fully fund public schools.

13 March 2024

The Australian Education Union today welcomed news that the NT and Federal Governments are committing to full funding of public schools and said the investment was urgently needed.

11 March 2024

Teachers and principals are calling for urgent action on school funding with new figures showing government funding for South Australian private schools has increased at twice the rate of funding for public schools.

11 March 2024

Teachers and principals are calling for action on school funding with new figures showing government funding for Tasmanian private schools has increased at 1.7 times the rate of funding for public schools.

February

23 February 2024

Five private schools spent more on lavish new facilities in 2021 than governments spent on over half the public schools in the nation, according to a new report which reveals the full extent of the $30 billion capital divide in Australian schools.

21 February 2024

The union movement is calling for the Albanese Government to increase its funding offer to states and territories and ensure full funding of public schools is delivered by 2028.

8 February 2024

Principal, teacher and parent representatives are joining together in Canberra today for the first time to call for the Prime Minister to keep his promise and deliver full funding of public schools.

7 February 2024

The Australian Education Union (AEU) welcomes the Albanese Government’s introduction of legislation today to deal with unscrupulous VET providers, address deceptive conduct and restore integrity and confidence in Australia’s Vocational Education sector.

6 February 2024

New figures showing private school funding increasing at almost twice the rate of public school funding underline the urgent need for a fairer system where all public schools are fully funded.

January

31 January 2024

The Australian Education Union today called on all governments to commit to ending the underfunding of public schools as a matter of urgency saying the future of the teaching profession is at stake along with the quality of education delivered across the nation.

23 January 2024

Governments will make little or no progress towards ending the underfunding of public schools in 2024 despite being warned by their own Expert Panel that it is “urgent and critical” and the first step towards ensuring all students receive the support they need.

2023

December

11 December 2023

An independent expert education panel has made clear to governments the full funding of public schools is “urgent and critical” and a precondition for improving results, equity and student wellbeing.

11 December 2023

Education ministers meeting today in Sydney must make ending the underfunding of public schools their top priority so teachers can increase the support and opportunities students receive.

9 December 2023

The Australian Education Union strongly supports a push by State and Territory governments to get the Albanese Government to substantially increase its investment in public schools saying the future of children across the nation is at stake.

6 December 2023

Australia has defied a global trend of declining scores in the international PISA test but an alarming increase in teacher shortages and entrenched achievement gaps between students from different backgrounds and locations make clear the critical importance of full funding of public schools.

1 December 2023

The Australian Education Union says the interim report of the Senate Inquiry into increasing disruption in Australian school classrooms has failed to capture and address the complex issues that impact on teaching and learning in schools.

November

27 November 2023

An open letter to the Prime Minister calling for the full funding of public schools by 2028 at the latest has been signed by more than fifty organisations including principal, parent, disability, community groups and unions.