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5 April 2017

A new analysis of My School funding data has shown the importance of Gonski needs-based funding to fix a broken system which saw government funding to private schools rise more than twice as fast as public schools from 2009 to 2015.

2 April 2017

Australia’s public schools are increasingly reliant on fundraising for everything from literacy and numeracy teachers to library books and computers, and teachers are dipping into their own pockets to provide students with the basics, an AEU survey of educators has found.


22 March 2017

Students who struggle with literacy and numeracy, or who have a disability or learning difficulty, will suffer the most if Malcolm Turnbull scraps Gonski funding after 2017, an AEU survey of principals has found.

15 March 2017

More than half of Australian students are in schools where maths and science teaching are affected by resource shortages, the latest international data shows.

1 March 2017

The AEU’s “I Give a Gonski” Campaign will launch a national bus tour in Adelaide and Brisbane today to highlight the great results Gonski funding is delivering to schools and the threat to students from Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to scrap Gonski after this year.


24 February 2017

The AEU today called on Malcolm Turnbull to abandon his plans to slash Gonski funding for schools after this year as it released a new report showing the outstanding results schools are already achieving with increased Gonski funding.

15 February 2017

Schools need to be properly resourced to relieve rising principal stress level.

3 February 2017

Figures on school funding released by the Productivity Commission today have refuted Malcolm Turnbull’s claims of spending increases on schools, and shown the unfair funding system that existed before the Gonski reforms.

1 February 2017

The AEU today launched its “Protect Our Preschools” campaign, calling on the Turnbull Government to guarantee long-term funding for four-year-old preschool beyond 2017.


29 January 2017

The Federal Government’s proposed Year 1 ‘phonics test’ is another distraction from its agenda of ending needs-based funding to schools, the AEU said today.



20 December 2016

More than half of students with disability who need funded support at school are not getting it, new data released by state and federal governments has shown.

20 December 2016

A damning Auditor-General's Report into the failed VET FEE HELP scheme has confirmed the massive abuses of the poorly-designed system by for-profit providers.

19 December 2016

The Federal Government’s decision to extend $20 million of funding to Teach for Australia while failing to maintain needs-based Gonski funding beyond 2017 is a sign of its misplaced priorities.

16 December 2016

​States and territories must use today’s meeting of education ministers in Melbourne to continue to resist the Federal Government’s plan to end needs-based Gonski funding, the AEU said today.

13 December 2016

Detailed NAPLAN results released today are further evidence of the damage inequity causes to students reaching their potential.

7 December 2016

Australia’s continuing decline in the PISA international school test results shows the urgent need for investment in disadvantaged schools.

2 December 2016

The Federal Government’s new VET Student Loans scheme will do little to stop dodgy private operators and won’t give TAFEs the investment they need.


30 November 2016

The 2016 TIMSS results show the need for greater investment in disadvantaged schools and more specialist maths and science teachers.


31 October 2016

A new report into the benefits of early childhood education shows the Federal Government must guarantee universal access to 15 hours of four-year-old preschool after 2017, and extend funding to ensure the same access for three-year-olds, the AEU said today.

28 October 2016

On World Teachers’ Day the AEU has called on all governments to recognise the long-term effects of rising workloads on teachers by ensuring all schools have the resources they need.

27 October 2016

All governments must invest more in quality vocational education through TAFEs and apprenticeships, the Australian Education Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said today.

24 October 2016

Shocking new evidence of rorting and waste among for-profit private vocational training companies is more evidence to ban them from government funding and to properly fund TAFEs.

20 October 2016

Today’s Senate Estimates hearing has once again shown that Education Minister Simon Birmingham cannot explain his funding plan, which will cut $3.9 billion in Gonski funding from schools, the AEU said today.

5 October 2016

The AEU has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to scrap the disastrous VET FEE-HELP loans scheme, but has warned all governments now need to invest in TAFEs to ensure Australians have access to high quality vocational education.


23 September 2016

Education Minister Simon Birmingham must abandon plans to scrap Gonski funding.