Benefits of Federation membership

Collective strength

You will be part of one of the largest trade unions in NSW, which has tremendous collective capacity to advocate for the common aspirations of the profession, such as improved salaries, working conditions and professional development, and enforce employment rights. 

Support and legal assistance

 As a financial member, you will have access to information and advice on working conditions and entitlements. This includes assistance to protect employment rights in legal matters. 

You can also access confidential advice about your rights and entitlements from experienced Officers and staff in the Professional Support team. 

Centre for Professional Learning

The Centre for Professional Learning provides Federation members with high-quality courses, conferences and teaching support. 

Journal of Professional Learning

All members receive the Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) to support their teaching and professional practice. 


The union’s library provides you with a comprehensive and up-to-date information service to support your professional development needs. 

Access to up-to-date information

We’ll keep you abreast of changes to your working conditions and the latest campaign news. 

Workplace representation

Your workplace has an elected Federation Representative and Women’s Contact who can provide you with advice and assistance. 

Have your say

You may move, amend and vote on motions at Federation workplace and association meetings. You also have the right to vote for some union representatives, such as the presidential officers. 

Partner services

Access to our service partners such as:

Trade Union Training

A variety of courses and conferences can help you develop your skills and union knowledge. 

Anna Stewart Program

Federation’s Anna Stewart Program is an on-the-job training program for women unionists to increase their involvement in the union. 

Eric Pearson Study Grant

You may apply for the Eric Pearson Study Grant, awarded annually to a member to undertake research in Australia or overseas on an issue of practical significance to Federation members. 

Future Teacher Scholarships

Each year, Federation awards a range of Future Teacher Scholarships, valued at $4000 each, to student members of the union. 

National voice for education

Federation is the NSW Branch of the Australian Education Union, the second largest union in the country, influencing public education, schools and TAFE policy and funding nationally. 

Make the best decision of your career. Join today.