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1 May 2018

In the wake of the Gonski 2.0 report released yesterday, the Australian Education Union (AEU) is calling on the PM Malcolm Turnbull to urgently address the gaping resource shortages facing public schools under the Government’s current school funding agenda.


30 April 2018

The Australian Education Union (AEU) says recommendations in the Through Growth to Achievement Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools released today require significant resources, yet PM Malcolm Turnbull has cut $1.9 billion funding to public schools over the next two years alone.

13 April 2018

Many of the country’s wealthiest and overfunded private schools are receiving bonus payments from a secret $7 million government ‘slash fund’.

13 April 2018

The Australian Education Union is calling on the Federal Government to commission an independent review of NAPLAN ahead of the Education Council meeting on 13 April 2018 in Adelaide.


11 March 2018

The Australian Education Union welcomes the South Australian Government’s announcement this morning that it will increase funding for vocational education and skills by $100 million, and calls on the Federal Government to reinvest in public vocational education.

8 March 2018

‚ÄčThe latest My School data exposes the gross inequities in Malcolm Turnbull’s education funding system. The data reveals how four elite Sydney schools alone have spent just under $200 million on capital works between 2014 and 2016, while public schools continue to suffer funding cuts under Turnbull’s education funding plan.


25 February 2018

The Australian Education Union’s Federal Conference condemned the inequitable funding policies of the Turnbull Government that will delivers billions extra to private schools while leaving public schools under-­resourced.

23 February 2018

The Australian Education Union’s national conference commences in Melbourne today, with the Turnbull Government’s cuts to public schools and TAFE the first order of business. Party leaders Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale will address the conference. Malcolm Turnbull did not respond to an invitation to attend.

23 February 2018

The Australian Labor Party’s commitment to establish a National Commission of Inquiry into post-secondary education is a great first step towards rebuilding TAFE, and placing it at the centre of a revitalised post-secondary education system.

10 February 2018

The announcement by Education Minister Simon Birmingham to undermine teacher registration and encourage people from other professions to move into a teaching role, is yet another move to by the Federal Government which implemented will have broad ramifications for teaching and education in our schools.

3 February 2018

The Turnbull Government’s announcement to extend preschool funding to the end of 2019 leaves preschools around the country waiting for secure funding once again. Without long-term funding certainty, there is no guarantee all children will have access to the essential early learning they need.

1 February 2018

The Australian Education Union says the annual Report on Government Services shows school funding must be allocated to address educational inequality. Productivity Commission data released today has government funding for private schools growing at a 60 percent higher rate than funding for public schools.


25 January 2018

The Australian Education Union calls on the Turnbull Government to publicly declare how much taxpayers’ money it is spending on its flashy new ad campaign to spin its school funding cuts.



13 December 2017

NAPLAN data released adds to the growing body of evidence showing ongoing inequity is denying students from disadvantaged backgrounds the means to reach their full potential.

13 December 2017

The Australian Education Union says new data released today shows that while university funding is growing, TAFEs are being defunded by both state and federal governments.

8 December 2017

The Australian Education Union warns state governments not to sign-up to the Turnbull Government’s discredited phonics test at today’s Education Ministers Meeting. State Governments must stand strong in opposition to this phonics test given the widespread concern that teaching professionals have about the use of synthetic phonics for assessment.

6 December 2017

The Australian Education Union says international data just released proves all Australian schools must be resourced properly, based on student need. The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) shows students from well-resourced schools are achieving stronger outcomes than their counterparts at under-resourced schools.


30 November 2017

Funding for vocational education has plummeted yet again, with data released today showing that government funding for the sector has been slashed by more than 31 per cent since 2012.

24 November 2017

The Australian Education Union has demanded Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s full commitment to leadership and teaching in schools following its release today of a submission to the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.


23 October 2017

The Australian Education Union has sounded a strong warning on potential Productivity Commission recommendations that could risk further undermining quality teaching by reducing the training required before teachers enter the classroom.

20 October 2017

New social policy articulating the role of TAFE is needed to tackle a crisis driven by deep funding cuts, a freefall in enrolments, massive staff losses and the erosion of TAFE by private, for-profit providers, a conference in Sydney will hear today.


25 September 2017

A significant shortfall of Federal funding for public schools will magnify the stark disadvantages and under-resourcing that already disproportionately threaten regional, rural and remote public schools around Australia, a submission to a government education inquiry has found.

15 September 2017

The Australian Education Union is calling on Simon Birmingham to act on serious State, Territory and public education sector concerns over the Turnbull Government’s school funding plan when he meets with education ministers at the Education Council.

13 September 2017

‚ÄčThe latest OECD ‘Education at a Glance 2017‘ report adds strong evidence to calls for increasing investment in public schools, posing serious challenges for the low-growth trajectory of the Federal Government’s schools funding plan, according to the Australian Education Union.

12 September 2017

The Australian Education Union has called on State and Territory Education Ministers to reject a four-week timeline for submissions to the Gonski 2.0 review panel just announced by Education Minister, Simon Birmingham.