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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.

9 June 2016

WA students are set to miss out on vital support programs under Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to cut Gonski funding.

5 June 2016

The AEU will launch a new Free-to-Air and Pay TV ad today slamming Malcom Turnbull’s cuts to Gonski funding for denying our children the skills they’ll need for the future.

4 June 2016

Gonski funding is delivering improved results for students in South Australia, a new AEU report has found.

1 June 2016

Australian education unions are jointly calling on the Federal Government to ensure that public education is protected from measures in the international Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) due to concerns the proposed trade deal will seriously diminish the integrity of Australia’s education system.

1 June 2016

A new Centre for Policy Development report has shown the need for Gonski funding and the damage that Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to schools funding will do to disadvantaged schools and students.


30 May 2016

Latest figures showing more students than ever were admitted to teaching degrees with ATAR scores of under 50 in 2016 shows the Coalition must act on minimum entry standards

18 May 2016

Malcolm Turnbull and Education Minister Simon Birmingham have been caught out trying to deny cuts to funding of public schools in Tasmania and the Northern Territory that are included in their own Budget Papers.

16 May 2016

The importance of the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding has been highlighted by a new AEU analysis showing government funding to private schools has increased at twice the rate of public schools.

10 May 2016

Labor’s analysis of the extra resources which will go to schools as a result of their commitment to Gonski funding shows the stark choice at the Federal election.

7 May 2016

​Gonski funding is delivering improved results for students, a new AEU report has found

6 May 2016

Labor’s decision to cap VET FEE-HELP debts at $8000 per year is a good start but major reforms are needed to support TAFEs and end the drain of taxpayer funds to dodgy private providers.

3 May 2016

Today’s Federal Budget has confirmed that Malcolm Turnbull will abandon needs-based Gonski funding and turn his back on disadvantaged schools and their students.

1 May 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s school funding policy is a quick pre-election fix which will hurt students by not delivering the full Gonski funding our schools need, the AEU said today.


29 April 2016

New economic research demonstrates the links between disadvantage and poor performance at school, and the value of properly educating all students.

18 April 2016

New AEU research has found that 17.7 per cent of students in public schools have a disability or learning difficulty which requires funded support, and that 77 per cent of principals say their budgets lack the resources to provide it.

15 April 2016

State and Federal Governments must guarantee TAFEs at least 70 per cent of overall VET funding and limit government subsidies to private providers.

1 April 2016

Today’s COAG meeting has demonstrated the total failure of leadership by Malcolm Turnbull on properly funding our schools.

1 April 2016

More schools than ever received needs-based Gonski funding in 2016 and Principals reported Gonski is making a positive difference to school results, the AEU’s 2016 State of Our Schools Survey has found.


31 March 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal to end Federal Government funding of public schools would entrench inequity and end needs-based Gonski funding in Australian schools, the AEU said today.

31 March 2016

The AEU will extend its Gonski advertising campaign as the issue of schools funding becomes increasingly important in this year’s election.

22 March 2016

New data about NAPLAN and children’s learning progress at school further confirms the urgent need for targeted, needs-based Gonski funding, .