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30 October 2015

The AEU has called on all politicians to support the efforts of teachers on World Teachers’ Day by backing the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding for our schools.

29 October 2015

Revelations of a blowout in unpaid VET FEE-HELP debt shows the need for a halt to the privatisation of Vocational Education and Training and for guaranteed funding to be delivered to TAFEs.

26 October 2015

The Turnbull Government must act on the findings of a new report from the Mitchell Institute which shows the disturbing gaps in achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students, and the importance of needs-based Gonski funding to address this.

26 October 2015

Gonski Week (Oct 26 - Nov 1) starts today celebrating the difference Gonski funding is making to schools and the need for governments to provide the full six years of needs-based funding recommended by the Gonski Review.

23 October 2015

The AEU has called on new Education Minister Simon Birmingham to meet the Federal Government’s commitment to properly fund all students with disability, not cut funding.

19 October 2015

Public schools in the Northern Territory are missing out on millions of dollars in funding due to the Giles Government’s budget cuts and failure to pass on needs-based Gonski funding from the Federal Government.

15 October 2015

The Federal Government’s so-called crackdown on dodgy providers in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, will make no improvement to what is a fundamentally broken system.

8 October 2015

New Education Minister Simon Birmingham must take action to fix declining entry standards for teaching courses, the AEU said today.

1 October 2015

New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must listen to the views of business leaders, community groups and unions at todays’ ‘mini-summit’ in Canberra and commit to funding the full six years of the Gonski reforms.


18 September 2015

Students with disability are missing out on funded support in schools, secret data from the Federal Government’s own data collection process shows.

5 September 2015

The AEU’s submission to a Senate Inquiry on disability education has called for the Abbott Government to extend support funding to all students with a disability from 2016, and for disability education to be a compulsory part of teaching degrees.

2 September 2015

Private training providers must be better regulated to protect students and limits placed on the amount of government funding they can receive, the AEU will tell a Senate Inquiry in Melbourne today.


26 August 2015

Today’s National Reform Summit has recognised the value of needs-based Gonski schools funding for Australia’s economic future, and the Abbott Government should follow its lead.

26 August 2015

Equitable funding of schools through the needs-based Gonski funding model is the key to continuing economic growth in Australia.

5 August 2015

The lack of progress in NAPLAN results and continuing gaps in achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students show the importance of delivering the full six years of Gonski funding.


25 July 2015

The Labor Party’s commitment to needs-based Gonski schools funding, made at its Federal Conference today, is welcome, but needs to be backed with funding for the full six years of the Gonski agreements.

23 July 2015

Australia’s political leaders must reach agreement on fully implementing Gonski if they are to lift Australian school performance and must keep TAFEs at the centre of vocational education.

22 July 2015

Tony Abbott and State Premiers must use today’s leaders retreat to focus on delivering Gonski funding and stop the planned $30 billion cut in federal funding for education.

6 July 2015

A new analysis of schools funding up until 2013 shows the clear need for the full six years of needs- based Gonski funding to close gaps in resources between schools.

1 July 2015

Teachers and other professionals working in detention centres must be free to report suspicions of abuse of children without the threat of jail.


29 June 2015

The Abbott Government’s plans to abandon needs-based Gonski schools funding will entrench inequity

25 June 2015

The Australian Education Union today welcomed the announcement that a Federal Labor Government would guarantee a proportion of vocational education funding to TAFE.

24 June 2015

Governments must act to preserve the unique role of TAFEs at the heart of Australia’s vocational training system, the AEU said today.

22 June 2015

The Australian Education Union today called on state and territory governments to reject the Abbott Government’s reported proposals to stop funding

17 June 2015

The AEU’s submission to the Federal Government’s Review of the Disability Standards in Education calls for more resources for schools and better training