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8 June 2015

New evidence has emerged confirming huge underfunding of students with disability in schools, the AEU said today.

3 June 2015

Education Minister Christopher Pyne now has a chance to move on from his failed Independent Public Schools policy and do something

1 June 2015

Education Minister Christopher Pyne is intent on turning the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) into an unrepresentative body


29 May 2015

Today’s Education Ministers Council in Brisbane has confirmed the importance of needs-based funding

28 May 2015

Tomorrow’s Education Ministers meeting in Brisbane must be used by the States and Territories to put pressure on the Abbott Government

18 May 2015

The Australian Education Union has welcomed the call from the Opposition for a Senate Inquiry into the education of students with disability, as a way of highlighting the effect of chronic resource shortages in the area.

15 May 2015

A new survey of parents by Children with Disability Australia shows the need to increase resources to schools to allow them to properly educate students with disability, the AEU said today.

14 May 2015

The AEU has welcomed Labor’s plans to increase the number of specialist teachers in Australian schools, but warns that these measures are no substitute for full needsbased funding of schools.

13 May 2015

Students with disability must receive extra funding support from next year, not just a standardisation of the current inadequate funding system, the AEU said today.

12 May 2015

Students with disability have been let down again by a Federal Budget which fails to deliver funding for a vitally-needed ‘disability loading’ for schools, the AEU said today.

11 May 2015

Rising workloads are the main reason teachers consider leaving the profession, new research from the AEU has found.

7 May 2015

Christopher Pyne’s announcement today of $17 million to improve teacher training will do little to address the damage its cuts to Gonski funding would do to schools, the AEU said today.

6 May 2015

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) are challenging the Australian Government to come clean on its position in the secret TISA negotiations, now at a crucial stage.

3 May 2015

The Abbott Government’s decision to fund 15 hours of pre-school for four-year-olds in 2016 and 2017 will give temporary relief to parents and educators, but doesn’t deliver the longterm certainty required, the AEU said today.


29 April 2015

Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s announcement of an increase in funding for Indigenous boarding students is a poor substitute for the hundreds of millions of dollars he will rip out of needs-based Gonski funding, the AEU said today.

17 April 2015

Today’s COAG meeting must address the future of pre-school funding in Australia and the Abbott Government’s refusal to guarantee funding for 15 hours per week from 2016, the AEU said today.


24 March 2015

Education Minister Christopher Pyne needs to face up to his Government’s broken promise on disability funding, and take the lead in addressing the huge levels of unmet need in the education system, the AEU said today.

24 March 2015

New research by the AEU has found that eight-out-of-ten principals do not have the resources they need to educate growing numbers of students with disability, and that their learning is suffering as a result.

19 March 2015

NSW must guarantee minimum funding levels for TAFEs and avoid the unchecked privatisation that has destroyed vocational education in Victoria, the AEU and NSW Teachers Federation said today.

11 March 2015

Today’s Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) report predicting booming demand for schools and shortages of specialist teachers has exposed Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s lack of a plan to improve Australian schools, the AEU said today.


20 February 2015

The value of the Federal Government’s Teacher Training Review has been called into question after media reports it has ignored its own research into the importance of high entry standards for teaching courses in compiling its final report.

13 February 2015

The Abbott Government’s review into teacher training has failed to go far enough in lifting standards in the teaching profession, the AEU said today.

12 February 2015

The Abbott Government must ensure child asylum seekers are removed from detention centres and provided with an education, the AEU said today

10 February 2015

Education Minister Christopher Pyne needs to admit the failure of his Independent Public Schools policy and shift his focus to equity and properly funding disadvantaged schools, the AEU said today.

6 February 2015

New research shows privatisation of vocational training and TAFEs has led to a drop in quality of courses and huge taxpayer-funded profits to private providers.