Organisation

Welcome to the Australian Education Union. On this site you can find out about the huge range of activities, policies and campaigns we undertake on behalf of our more than 185,000 members and on behalf of public education.

Our members work as principals, teachers and allied educators in schools, TAFE institutes, Corrections Education, Adult Migrant Education Services, and early childhood education centres. The AEU is proud to represent people who have the most important job in the country - educating people of all ages. We are proud to be advocates for a quality public education which is accessible to all Australians.

The AEU represents its members industrially and professionally in diverse forums. This includes the maintenance of industrial protection and representation through industrial awards and agreements in all industrial tribunals in Australia. It also involves research, negotiation and advocacy over a wide range of matters including salaries and teaching and learning conditions.


Organising and Representing Members

The AEU offers a wide range of services to members. These include professional advice and support, welfare assistance, health insurance, credit unions and discount purchasing.

As the largest union in the education sector, the AEU is an effective lobbyist for educational resources at both Commonwealth and state levels.

Membership Applications

The AEU welcomes new members. Applications should be directed to the AEU branch or its associated body in each state and territory. Associated bodies are the Queensland Teachers’ Union, and the State School Teachers’ Union of WA.

How we work

The AEU is a nationally organised union with a Federal Office in Melbourne and offices in all state and territory capitals as well as many regional centres. Click here for State and Territory Organisations.

The union is a registered organisation under the provisions of the Fair Work Australia Act 2009. The union is governed by a Federal Conference which meets at least annually. The AEU Federal Executive with representatives from all states and territories meets frequently and makes decisions about current issues and strategies affecting members on a national basis.

Federal and Professional Officers of the AEU are responsible for carrying out decisions of the Federal Conference and Executive. The Federal Office has particular responsibility for campaigns and relations with the Federal Government as well as international relations for the AEU.

AEU People

AEU Federal Office

AEU Federal President - Correna Haythorpe
AEU Federal Secretary - Susan Hopgood
AEU Deputy Federal President - Maurie Mulheron
AEU Deputy Federal Secretary - Roz Madsen

TAFE Sector

Federal TAFE President - Michelle Purdy

Annual Federal Conference

Federal Conference is the supreme governing authority of the Australian Education Union. Delegates to Federal Conference include the Federal President, Deputy Federal President and delegates representing the General Division, TAFE Division and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members in each state and territory of Australia. Delegates hold office for two years, after which time they may be re-elected.

The AEU's Federal Conference meets at least annually to discuss the priorities and policies of the union. It also determines changes to the AEU Federal Rules and appoints professional officers to work in the AEU Federal Office. The Conference meets using a range of means, including face to face in February to set policies and to develop campaigns.

Officers

Federal and Professional Officers employed at the Federal Office deal with a range of industrial and professional policy issues affecting educators. Officers are employed with specific job descriptions and qualifications in the areas of Legal and Industrial matters, Technical and Further Education, Women members, Educational Research and Policy, Aboriginal Education and International Relations.

Affiliations

The AEU is affiliated to the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the peak body of Australian unions. At a state and territory level, the AEU affiliates with state and territory labour councils and provincial councils. Internationally the AEU is affiliated to the Education International, the largest non-government organisation in the world.

Rules and Election

E2018/195 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2018/195 for Federal Conference Delegate (General Division) representing the AEU South Australian Branch. A copy of the post-election report is available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au.

E2018/187 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2018/187 for Deputy Federal Secretary. A copy of the post-election report is available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au.

E2017/186 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2017/186 for Federal Officers and International Trust Fund Committee members. A copy of the post-election reports are available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au.

The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to the recent election E2017/186. This report identifies rules that were difficult to interpret or apply, in particular Federal rules 35A, 35B, and 35C. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU's response can be read here.

E2017/55 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2017/55 for Federal Conference and National Committee members in the ACT, NT, NSW, QLD, SA, Tasmania, Victoria and WA Branches. A copy of the post-election reports are available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au.

The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to the recent election E2017/55. This report related to the absence of an election provision in the AEU Rules for a position that is across more than one branch. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU's response can be read here.

Alteration of AEU Federal Rules - 11th April 2017

The AEU has lodged an application with FWC on 11th April 2017 to alter the AEU Federal Rules. A copy of the proposed rules amendments is available here.

Alteration of AEU Federal Rules - 17th March 2017

The AEU has lodged an application with FWC on 17th March 2017 to alter the AEU Federal Rules. A copy of the proposed rules amendments is available here.

E2016/227 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2016/227 for a Federal Conference delegate (General Division) representing the NSWTF Branch; a National TAFE Council delegate representing the ACT Branch and a National TAFE Council delegate representing the Tasmanian Branch. A copy of the post-election report is available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au

E2016/149 - Election Result

The AEU recently completed election E2016/149 for National TAFE Council Delegates in the ACT and Victoria, a National Principals' Committee delegate representing the Victorian Branch and a National Principals' Committee Federal Executive Delegate. The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to the Victorian Branch elections. The report related to a Victorian Branch rule which the AEC believed was difficult to apply. The AEC report can be found here. The AEU response to this report can be found here.

E2016/130 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2015/130 for a National Early Childhood (General Division) member representing the Queensland Branch. A copy of the post-election report is available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au

E2015/265 - Election Result (AEU NT Branch Election)

The AEC recently completed election E2015/265 for a Branch Executive Councillor-Darwin Region. The AEU NT Branch received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to this election. The report related to an NT Branch rule which the AEC believed was difficult to apply. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU NT Branch response can be read here.

E2016/80 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2016/80 for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Federal Executive Delegate. A copy of the post-election report is available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au.

E2015/238 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2015/238 for Federal Executive Delegates in QLD, TAS, NSW, NT and Victorian Branches and Federal Office. A copy of the post election reports are available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au.

The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to the recent election E2015/238. This report related to a Victorian Branch rule which the AEC believed was difficult to interpret. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU's response can be read here.

E2015/262 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2015/262 for unfilled positions on Federal Conference and National Committee members in the ACT, NT, NSW, QLD, SA, Victoria and WA Branches. A copy of the post-election reports for the SA Branch and VIC Branch are available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au.

The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to the recent election E2015/262. This report related to a Victorian Branch rule which the AEC believed was difficult to interpret. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU's response can be read here.

E2015/145 - Election Result

The AEC recently completed election E2015/145 for Federal Conference and National Committee members. A copy of the post-election report for the Tasmanian Branch election is available from the AEU upon request to the Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au.

Alteration of AEU Federal Rules

The AEU has lodged an application with FWC on 3rd March 2015 to alter the AEU Federal Rules. A copy of the proposed amendments are available from the AEU upon request.

AEU Annual Financial Reports

AEU Audited Financial Report for the year ending 31 December 2017
AEU - International Trust Fund Audited Financial Report for the year ending 31 December 2017

Disclosures to Members as required by AEU Rules

The AEU is obliged, in accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and Australian Education Union Rule 77, to disclose the following information to its members.

Rule 77(2) Disclosure of Officer's Relevant Remuneration and Non Cash Benefits

Rule 77(3) Disclosure of Officer's Material Personal Interests

This information will be provided to members upon request to the AEU Federal Secretary at federalsecretary@aeufederal.org.au