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18 March 2016

The Federal Government’s restrictions on the Safe Schools program will deny schools the discretion to use this valuable program as they see fit, the AEU said today.

12 March 2016

The Turnbull Government must keep its promise to extend Gonski funding to cover all students with disability according to need in the wake of new data showing that more than half of students with disability in public schools do not get any funded support, the AEU said today.

10 March 2016

The Australian Education Union has called on Education Minister Simon Birmingham to keep the Federal Government’s promise to extend Gonski funding to all students with disability in 2016, after new figures showed that more than half of South Australian students with disability who needed funded support at school were not getting it.

9 March 2016

New data from the My School website has shown how Gonski funding is helping disadvantaged NSW schools deliver improved results for students.

7 March 2016

New research has found one-in-five students arrives at school not ready to learn, rising to one-in-three from disadvantaged backgrounds, showing the need for Gonski funding to increase resources in schools.

6 March 2016

​The Australian Education Union’s Gonski advertising campaign will hit Free-to-air TV and Pay TV today letting Australians know the benefits needs-based Gonski funding is delivering to schools.

3 March 2016

Any pre-election education funding deal Malcolm Turnbull signs with the States must include the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding.


26 February 2016

The AEU will spend $2 million on Free-to-Air TV advertising as part of its campaign to secure bi-partisan support for the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding.

16 February 2016

New research by State of Our Schools shows that school funding increases prior to the Gonski reforms had been inequitably skewed away from disadvantaged schools.

15 February 2016

The AEU’s pre-Budget submission has called on the Turnbull Government to fund the full six years of Gonski funding and keep its broken promise to give all students with disability the funding they need from 2016.

11 February 2016

A new OECD report showing students from disadvantaged backgrounds are far more likely to be low performers at school is more evidence of the importance of needs-based Gonski funding.

10 February 2016

Improving Year 12 retention rates and literacy results for Indigenous students outlined in today’s Closing the Gap report are promising, but schools need more resources to address their needs.

9 February 2016

New research commissioned by the NSW Education Department has shown the need for investment in education to combat social inequality and give all students a chance.

4 February 2016

Figures on school funding released by the Productivity Commission today have refuted the Turnbull Government’s claims of overspending on schools and shown the need for the full six years of Gonski funding to reverse years of inequitable funding of disadvantaged schools.

4 February 2016

A proposed Federal Government takeover of VET being considered in secret by State and Federal Governments would mean poorer quality training, higher fees and the end of the TAFE system.

3 February 2016

Federal MPs, including Education Minister Simon Birmingham, will hear first-hand today the success of needs-based Gonski funding in delivering better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students when they meet with a delegation of educators, parents and students in Canberra.

2 February 2016

Leaked talking points confirm that the Turnbull Government plans to scrap the needs-based Gonski funding arrangements and deny much needed resources to schools and students across the country.

2 February 2016

Australian education unions are calling on the Government not to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) amid concerns the covert trade agreement will seriously diminish the integrity of Australia’s education system.

1 February 2016

The Turnbull Government must abandon its plans to cut schools funding to the majority of States from 2018 and move away from needs-based Gonski funding.


31 January 2016

Reports today that one-in-five children is not ready to learn when they begin school are a concern and show the importance of needs-based Gonski funding to help these children catch up, the AEU said today.

28 January 2016

The AEU today welcomed Labor’s commitment to delivering the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding to our schools and called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to match it.

19 January 2016

The AEU has welcomed reports today that the Victorian Government is considering following NSW’s lead and introducing minimum academic standards for beginning teachers, in an attempt to lift entry scores for teaching degrees.

15 January 2016

The Turnbull Government must act immediately on the recommendations of a Senate Inquiry and keep its promise to properly fund disability in schools in 2016.



29 December 2015

Reports that the Turnbull Government will fail to honour the last two years of needs-based Gonski funding agreements would see thousands of students who need help abandoned, the AEU said today.

15 December 2015

Thousands of children with disability will be left without funded support at school after the Federal Government’s failure to deliver a promised increase in resources to schools in 2016.