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6 September 2016

The Turnbull Government’s claims it will deliver need-based funding to schools after 2017 have been exposed as completely false by a new analysis showing their funding plan would see 62% of extra federal funding go to private schools, which educate fewer disadvantaged students than the public system.


25 August 2016

The Turnbull Government needs to give schools the Gonski resources they need for their students, not more tests, the AEU said today.

25 August 2016

The Turnbull Government’s fourth ‘crack down’ on dodgy private VET providers in two years will do nothing to fix the huge rorts in the sector.

11 August 2016

Today’s decision by the Victorian Government to terminate the contracts of 18 private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers, shows how far behind the Federal Government is in stopping the flow of taxpayer dollars to dodgy private operators.

10 August 2016

Education Minister Simon Birmingham needs to act to properly fund disability in schools, after a new survey found two-thirds of parents said funded support for their child was inadequate, the AEU said today.

3 August 2016

The Australian Education Union today said the latest NAPLAN results could not be used by the Turnbull Government as justification for its plan to abandon Gonski needs-based funding.


6 July 2016

The AEU has called on Independent and minor party MPs to stand up for Gonski funding in any negotiations over forming government in the wake of Saturday’s election. AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said post-election polling showed strong public support for MPs to back Gonski and Malcolm Turnbull had no mandate to end Gonski after 2017.

3 July 2016

The election results show voters have rejected Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to needs-based Gonski schools funding and want whoever forms Government to implement it in full. AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said that, regardless of the final outcome of the election, any future government needed to commit to the full six years of Gonski funding.


30 June 2016

With just days to go before the Federal election, the Coalition has no vision for schools beyond cuts to needs-based Gonski funding after 2017.

24 June 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to Gonski funding after 2017 will cost Queensland schools $735 in vital resources.

22 June 2016

A major survey of economists has found that two-thirds say increased education spending is a better driver of economic growth than company tax cuts, in a criticism of Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to Gonski funding.

19 June 2016

New marginal seat polling shows that voters are strongly opposed to Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to Gonski funding and that issue is of high concern to undecided and soft voters.

16 June 2016

Today’s National TAFE Day sees public vocational education in Australia still under threat and emphasises the importance of guaranteeing TAFEs the 70 per cent share of VET funding they need.

9 June 2016

WA students are set to miss out on vital support programs under Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to cut Gonski funding.

5 June 2016

The AEU will launch a new Free-to-Air and Pay TV ad today slamming Malcom Turnbull’s cuts to Gonski funding for denying our children the skills they’ll need for the future.

4 June 2016

Gonski funding is delivering improved results for students in South Australia, a new AEU report has found.

1 June 2016

Australian education unions are jointly calling on the Federal Government to ensure that public education is protected from measures in the international Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) due to concerns the proposed trade deal will seriously diminish the integrity of Australia’s education system.

1 June 2016

A new Centre for Policy Development report has shown the need for Gonski funding and the damage that Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to schools funding will do to disadvantaged schools and students.


30 May 2016

Latest figures showing more students than ever were admitted to teaching degrees with ATAR scores of under 50 in 2016 shows the Coalition must act on minimum entry standards

18 May 2016

Malcolm Turnbull and Education Minister Simon Birmingham have been caught out trying to deny cuts to funding of public schools in Tasmania and the Northern Territory that are included in their own Budget Papers.

16 May 2016

The importance of the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding has been highlighted by a new AEU analysis showing government funding to private schools has increased at twice the rate of public schools.

10 May 2016

Labor’s analysis of the extra resources which will go to schools as a result of their commitment to Gonski funding shows the stark choice at the Federal election.

7 May 2016

​Gonski funding is delivering improved results for students, a new AEU report has found

6 May 2016

Labor’s decision to cap VET FEE-HELP debts at $8000 per year is a good start but major reforms are needed to support TAFEs and end the drain of taxpayer funds to dodgy private providers.

3 May 2016

Today’s Federal Budget has confirmed that Malcolm Turnbull will abandon needs-based Gonski funding and turn his back on disadvantaged schools and their students.