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31 October 2016

A new report into the benefits of early childhood education shows the Federal Government must guarantee universal access to 15 hours of four-year-old preschool after 2017, and extend funding to ensure the same access for three-year-olds, the AEU said today.

28 October 2016

On World Teachers’ Day the AEU has called on all governments to recognise the long-term effects of rising workloads on teachers by ensuring all schools have the resources they need.

27 October 2016

All governments must invest more in quality vocational education through TAFEs and apprenticeships, the Australian Education Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said today.

24 October 2016

Shocking new evidence of rorting and waste among for-profit private vocational training companies is more evidence to ban them from government funding and to properly fund TAFEs.

20 October 2016

Today’s Senate Estimates hearing has once again shown that Education Minister Simon Birmingham cannot explain his funding plan, which will cut $3.9 billion in Gonski funding from schools, the AEU said today.

5 October 2016

The AEU has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to scrap the disastrous VET FEE-HELP loans scheme, but has warned all governments now need to invest in TAFEs to ensure Australians have access to high quality vocational education.


23 September 2016

Education Minister Simon Birmingham must abandon plans to scrap Gonski funding.

22 September 2016

The Coalition’s calls to shift funding between States as part of their new schools funding system are an attempted distraction from their refusal to honour the full six years of the Gonski agreements.

16 September 2016

A new OECD report has shown Australian teachers have bigger classes and more teaching hours than the OECD average and our school resourcing is less equitable than other nations.

13 September 2016

A delegation of educators and parents from across Australia will visit Canberra today to tell MPs how Gonski funding is working and urge the Coalition not to cut needs-based funding after 2017.

12 September 2016

A new analysis of schools funding, based on My School data, shows the Barnett Government has made huge cuts to schools funding across WA and has failed to pass on needs-based Gonski funding from the Federal Government to public schools.

6 September 2016

Today’s Productivity Commission report into education which claims Australia’s student performance has not improved despite increased funding ignores the unfair distribution of resources prior to needs-based Gonski funding, the AEU said today.

6 September 2016

The Turnbull Government’s claims it will deliver need-based funding to schools after 2017 have been exposed as completely false by a new analysis showing their funding plan would see 62% of extra federal funding go to private schools, which educate fewer disadvantaged students than the public system.


25 August 2016

The Turnbull Government needs to give schools the Gonski resources they need for their students, not more tests, the AEU said today.

25 August 2016

The Turnbull Government’s fourth ‘crack down’ on dodgy private VET providers in two years will do nothing to fix the huge rorts in the sector.

11 August 2016

Today’s decision by the Victorian Government to terminate the contracts of 18 private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers, shows how far behind the Federal Government is in stopping the flow of taxpayer dollars to dodgy private operators.

10 August 2016

Education Minister Simon Birmingham needs to act to properly fund disability in schools, after a new survey found two-thirds of parents said funded support for their child was inadequate, the AEU said today.

3 August 2016

The Australian Education Union today said the latest NAPLAN results could not be used by the Turnbull Government as justification for its plan to abandon Gonski needs-based funding.


6 July 2016

The AEU has called on Independent and minor party MPs to stand up for Gonski funding in any negotiations over forming government in the wake of Saturday’s election. AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said post-election polling showed strong public support for MPs to back Gonski and Malcolm Turnbull had no mandate to end Gonski after 2017.

3 July 2016

The election results show voters have rejected Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to needs-based Gonski schools funding and want whoever forms Government to implement it in full. AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said that, regardless of the final outcome of the election, any future government needed to commit to the full six years of Gonski funding.


30 June 2016

With just days to go before the Federal election, the Coalition has no vision for schools beyond cuts to needs-based Gonski funding after 2017.

24 June 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to Gonski funding after 2017 will cost Queensland schools $735 in vital resources.

22 June 2016

A major survey of economists has found that two-thirds say increased education spending is a better driver of economic growth than company tax cuts, in a criticism of Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to Gonski funding.

19 June 2016

New marginal seat polling shows that voters are strongly opposed to Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to Gonski funding and that issue is of high concern to undecided and soft voters.

16 June 2016

Today’s National TAFE Day sees public vocational education in Australia still under threat and emphasises the importance of guaranteeing TAFEs the 70 per cent share of VET funding they need.