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11 September 2019

The dire effect of the Morrison Government’s cuts to public school funding has again been highlighted, with an international report revealing that total expenditure on schools and non-tertiary post-secondary education in Australia has fallen from 10.4 per cent of total government expenditure in 2010, to 8.9 per cent in 2016.

11 September 2019

The Morrison Government’s refusal to guarantee ongoing funding beyond 2020 for two years of preschool for all Australian children means that our Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector receives little more than half the funding provided by other OECD countries to their preschools.


28 August 2019

The plummeting numbers of students enrolled with nationally-recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers is yet another pointer to the funding crisis facing Australia’s TAFE network.

28 August 2019

ACARA’s ’nothing to see here’ approach to the NAPLAN 2019 data release and its mishandling of the NAPLAN online debacle has reinforced yet again the need for a comprehensive review of the entire NAPLAN testing regime.

26 August 2019

Proposals put forward by the Grattan Institute to attract high achievers into the ranks of the nation’s school teachers demonstrate the fundamental importance of additional Commonwealth funding for improving public school student performance.

16 August 2019

The Morrison Government must justify why it provides any funding at all for elite private schools, in light of My School data showing that the four richest elite private schools in Australia received more Commonwealth capital funding than 1800 other schools combined.

13 August 2019

The extent to which public schools in Australia are being ignored by the Morrison Government when it comes to capital funding for new facilities and renovations has been highlighted again today.

9 August 2019

The Morrison Government has once again refused to guarantee ongoing funding for Universal Access of 15 hours per week of preschool for all three and four-year-old children in Australia at today’s COAG meeting.

9 August 2019

The Morrison Government’s push to put the private sector at the forefront of Australia’s VET sector will only create a profit-driven feeding frenzy that hurts the career prospects of thousands of Australians who need access to high quality vocational education.


29 July 2019

The trade negotiations between Australia and the European Union (EU) were launched on 18 June 2018. So far, four rounds of negotiations have taken place and the last round of negotiations took place in Brussels on 1-5 July 2019. Despite that the negotiations have now been ongoing for a year the level of transparency and consultations with unions are so far too limited.

25 July 2019

Scott Morrison’s Local Schools Community Fund has highlighted his government’s double standards when it comes to capital works funding for public as opposed to private schools.

19 July 2019

The best way to reverse the fall in enrolments at government-funded vocational education providers is to restore funding to TAFE and return it to being the primary provider of vocational education in Australia.

12 July 2019

The Marshall Government’s new VET plan shows it is determined to sell South Australia’s TAFE system to the highest bidder and allow private training providers to line their own pockets at the expense of TAFE students.


20 June 2019

The Morrison Government is throwing away billions of dollars of national economic benefit by failing to guarantee ongoing funding for fifteen hours per week of preschool for Australia’s 700,000 three- and four-year-old children.

20 June 2019

Australian public school teachers are amongst the most innovative and enthusiastic adopters of new ideas and approaches to education but face higher workloads, fewer resources and more administration duties than global averages, according to a new international report into teaching conditions.

14 June 2019

The Australian Education Union is strongly committed to campaigning against family and domestic violence to ensure that everyone has access to a safe home, workplace and community. We denounce all forms of family and domestic violence and in particular, the significant impact of violence against women.

13 June 2019

Australia’s TAFE system faces a dismal future if the years of neglect, underfunding and privatisation by federal Coalition governments continues under the Morrison Government’s discredited contestable funding model.


15 May 2019

The NAPLAN online debacle has shattered any confidence that the teaching profession has in NAPLAN going forward.

13 May 2019

The deep funding inequality facing public schools has been revealed in the latest ACARA My School data which shows that despite public schools educating the vast majority of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, Independent schools nationally had 40% more net recurrent income than public schools, while Catholic schools had 4% more income

8 May 2019

The urgent need for fairer funding arrangements for public schools has been highlighted by new figures which show large resource gaps between public and private schools in the Bass electorate.

7 May 2019

Public school children in the Northern Territory have been badly affected in today’s Budget by funding cuts to public schools imposed by the Morrison Government.

2 May 2019

Public schools have taken over Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga to highlight the importance of reversing the Morrison Government’s $256 million in public school funding cuts in South Australia.

1 May 2019

Victorian public schools take over Burston Reserve at the rear of the Victorian Parliament to demand Scott Morrison reverse $804 million in cuts to Victoria’s public schools.


30 April 2019

State schools have taken over the seat of Bonner to highlight the importance of reversing the Morrison Government’s $647 million in state school funding cuts in Queensland.

29 April 2019

The Federal Government has been caught diverting millions of dollars in capital funding to pay for cafes, dance studios and drama theatres in wealthy private schools.