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2018

February

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.

January

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.

2017

December

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.

November

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.

October

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.

September

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.

August

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.

July

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.

June

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.

May

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.