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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.

11 December 2015

Thousands of children with disability will continue to miss out on funded support at school unless the Federal Government delivers on its promise to increase disability funding in 2016 at today’s Education Ministers conference.

8 December 2015

The Turnbull Government’s innovation agenda must tackle inequity in schools and shortages of qualified maths and science teachers if it is to succeed.

3 December 2015

The Turnbull Government must outline how it will deliver promised increases in funding to schools for students with disability from 2016.

3 December 2015

A new survey has confirmed that high workloads and under-resourcing are leading to higher stress levels for principals.

1 December 2015

The Federal Government’s announcement of a cap on VET FEE-HELP funding for next year does not go far enough and the program should be suspended.

1 December 2015

The results of the Federal Government’s Literacy and Numeracy test for teaching students shows we need rigorous entry standards for teaching students.


30 November 2015

The Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership report into Initial Teacher Education further strengthens the case for minimum entry scores for teaching courses, with more data showing that ATAR scores continue to decline.

27 November 2015

The collapse of private training company Vocation, which will affect up to 12,000 students, is another symptom of the crisis in privatised vocational training.

25 November 2015

A new OECD report has shown Australian governments spend less on schools than the OECD average, and has higher class sizes.


30 October 2015

The AEU has welcomed new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that the Federal Government is “considering” implementing the 5th and 6th years of needs-based Gonski funding.