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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

​The 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.


22 August 2017

The Australian Education Union has called on all state and territory education ministers to abandon the roll-out of NAPLAN online and engage in urgent discussions about issues raised by teachers and principals.

21 August 2017

The Australian Education Union has urged the Federal Government to stop wasting taxpayer money by funding the Teach for Australia Program. A new report released today reveals that over half its participants have left the profession within three years of becoming qualified teachers.

10 August 2017

The Australian Education Union has condemned the Turnbull Government’s failure on marriage equality and called on Malcolm Turnbull to immediately deliver a parliamentary vote.

2 August 2017

The Australian Education Union has warned against placing excessive emphasis on the NAPLAN results, arguing focus must be on ensuring all schools are receiving the funding and resources they need to deliver for students and raise student outcomes.


24 July 2017

The Australian Education Union has expressed serious concern about the Turnbull Government’s move to prevent the new panel reviewing student outcomes from considering school funding allocation, urging the Government to immediately broaden the panel’s mandate.


9 June 2017

The Australian Education Union is urging Premiers from across the country to use today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting as an opportunity to fight for the interest of school children in their respective states.


31 May 2017

The Australian Education Union is calling on Senator Xenophon to come clean on his education policy after NXT’s education spokesperson, Rebekha Sharkie voted in support of the Turnbull Government’s plan for education. A plan which will result in South Australian schools facing $265 million of cuts to funding in 2018 and 2019.

25 May 2017

On Public Education Day school communities will be reminded of the billions of dollars that stand to be slashed from thousands of schools across the country if Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s education agenda goes forward.

22 May 2017

New government figures show that more than half of all students with disability are missing out on the funded support they need at school.

18 May 2017

Parents, school communities and State Ministers remain united in their fight against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s agenda of education cuts that will see Australian students miss out on $3.2 billion in funding in 2018 and 2019.

18 May 2017

The AEU has called on the Tasmanian Government to guarantee at least 70% of all vocational education and training funding for TAFEs in the wake of a Federal Budget which has delivered Tasmanian TAFEs the biggest funding cut of any state.

17 May 2017

South Australian parents will be reminded of cuts to their local schools by the Turnbull Government’s agenda of education cuts as the Australian Education Union launches an advertising campaign across South Australia tonight.

17 May 2017

South Australian parents can now see how much their children’s local school will lose under the Turnbull Government’s plan for education. Data released today by the Australian Education Union shows Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s education plan will slash $265 million from South Australian schools in 2018 and 2019.

13 May 2017

The AEU is gravely concerned about Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s position on education funding as reported today and her subsequent released statement.

12 May 2017

The Opposition sent Australian apprentices and vocational education students a glimmer of hope in its Budget Reply last night by making commitments to address chronic underfunding of public TAFEs, and addressing key issues around funding to private training organisations.

11 May 2017

Tonight's Budget Reply sets the scene for an election campaign that will be fought on out children's education and their futures. the AEu said today.

11 May 2017

Australian apprentices and vocational education students are losers in Turnbull’s ongoing attack agenda on our public TAFEs. An analysis of the 2017 Federal Budget shows significant funding cuts to TAFEs that will hurt apprentices seeking to become job-ready.

9 May 2017

Today’s Federal Budget has confirmed Malcolm Turnbull is walking away from needs-based Gonski funding, disadvantaged schools and their students.

5 May 2017

No political party that supports equity or fair funding of schools should support Malcolm Turnbull’s new schools funding model.

4 May 2017

Today’s announcement that the Turnbull Government will extend preschool funding to the end of 2018 won’t end the sector’s long-term uncertainty.

4 May 2017

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has admitted that there is no guarantee schools will reach the Schooling Resource Standard under the Turnbull Government’s new funding model.