Supporting and advocating for women’s rights is part of the AEU’s core business. Women make up 75% of our membership. We campaign and lobby around issues that impact women the most, including family friendly work arrangements, equitable promotion practices and work environments that are free of discrimination and harassment. We are also committed to supporting those members who work in casual, contract and other insecure work because we know that insecure work makes it hard for women to balance work and family life.
Key aspects of the our work include the annual Federal Women’s Conference and the Rosemary Richards Scholarship, which provides the opportunity to a woman member to increase her skills and experience in the union’s work at a state, territory, national or international level.
Women's Officers from each State Branch and Associated Body form the Federal Women's Committee which monitors the progress of family friendly clauses in awards and agreements and audits women’s participation within the AEU. We also work as part of the ACTU Women’s Committee to further the progress of women in the wider workforce and across Australian society. Our goal is workplaces free of gender discrimination and a fairer society for our students too!
We want to see more women leaders in our schools and TAFE’s, as well as within the AEU so each Branch and Associated Body of the AEU coordinates professional development and training.