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Posted: 15 September 2017
Federation President Maurie Mulheron has joined with other teacher union leaders to call on state education ministers to stand strong in voicing their concerns about the plan, as the Education Ministerial Council meets in Adelaide today to discuss the new schools funding plan that was legislated earlier this year.
Posted: 13 September 2017
The latest OECD Education at a Glance 2017 report shows the Turnbull Government is spending less than the OECD average on public education, posing serious challenges for the low-growth trajectory of the Government’s schools funding plan, the Australian Education Union said. “With the report showing Australian Government spending at 3.9 per cent of GDP being less than the OECD average, there is no doubt that our schools are under-resourced,” Federal President of the AEU Correna Haythorpe said.
Posted: 12 September 2017
NSW Teachers Federation has called on state and territory education ministers to roundly reject the four-week timeframe for submissions to the Gonski 2.0 review panel announced today by Education Minister Simon Birmingham. State and territory ministers will be gathering for the Australian Education Council meeting in Adelaide this Friday.
Posted: 11 September 2017
The news announced today of a NSW Government plan to put up $50 million to fund so-called Business Managers in schools is an acknowledgement that the policy called ‘Local Schools, Local Decisions’ has resulted in the loss of hundreds of administrative and support positions and created an unnecessary burden on schools, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said earlier today.
Posted: 5 September 2017
Casual Vacancy Deputy Secretary (Communications and Administration) 2015-2018 Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of Deputy Secretary (Communications and Administration) of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for 2015-2018. The Deputy Secretary (Communications and Administration) will be appointed for the remainder of the triennium ending on 4 February 2019. Nominations Nominations are hereby invited for the following position:
Posted: 4 September 2017
Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of two (2) City Organisers of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for 2015-2018. The City Organisers will be appointed for the remainder of the triennium ending on 4 February 2019. Nominations Nominations are hereby invited for the following position: • City Organiser (2 to be elected) NB. Nominations do not open until 6 September and will not be accepted before that date.
Posted: 4 September 2017
This year, Equal Pay Day is Monday, 4 September. Equal Pay Day is calculated to mark the additional time from the end of the financial year that women must work to earn the same as men.
Posted: 28 August 2017
Nominations, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the organisation, may be made at any time from 30 August 2017. They must reach my office or postal address or AEC email inbox not later than 12:00 noon (AEST) on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Please note that no nominations will be accepted before they open on Wednesday 30 August Nomination forms are available from me or the office of the Organisation. Nomination forms are also available on the organisation’s website.
Posted: 28 August 2017
A teacher’s ability to inspire students and community members was the subject of a presentation by writer, feminist, activist and self-proclaimed troublemaker Van Badham at Federation's Women's Conference said on Saturday.
Posted: 26 August 2017
Women members of Federation are gathering in the union's auditorium in Surry Hills this morning for a day of presentations and workshops aimed at supporting them in their classrooms, workplaces and communities. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend two workshop sessions. Topics include:
Posted: 24 August 2017
Federation officers will join concerned citizens for a rally opposing plans by the Turnbull government to sign a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, on Monday 28 August. Earlier this year, the United States withdrew from TPP negotiations. Now, the 11 other countries involved in the talks, including Australia, are attempting to reach a deal without the US.
Posted: 22 August 2017
The Australian Education Union has called on state and territory governments to abandon the rollout of NAPLAN online as the new system would place many students and schools across the country at severe disadvantage. Federal President of the AEU Correna Haythorpe has requested urgent discussions with the respective Departments after concerns raised by teachers and principals about unequal access to computer technology for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
Posted: 21 August 2017
The federal government should stop wasting taxpayer money funding the Teach for Australia Program, the Australian Education Union urged today. A new report released today reveals that over half its participants have left the profession within three years of becoming qualified teachers.
Posted: 13 August 2017
It has been reported to the Federation that members are being asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in relation to the administration of NAPLAN Online and being told they cannot retain a copy.
Posted: 11 August 2017
The NSW Teachers Federation condemns Prime Minister Turnbull and his government for their approach to marriage equality. Attending the AEU Federal Executive meeting this week, NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron discussed his concerns about the waste of money and resources, as well as the toxic debate that would ensue, as a result of the postal vote.
Posted: 10 August 2017
Re-imagining TAFE for the future will be the focus of a national conference in Sydney hosted by the Australian Education Union and the John Cain Foundation. The “Future of Public TAFE Institutions – new social policy” will aim to begin formulating the sector’s mission, and consider what TAFE will look like in the future, as anchor institutions in their communities to help people realise their aspirations.
Posted: 9 August 2017
Schools and workplaces can paint the town purple to celebrate diversity on Wear It Purple Day, 25 August. Last year, schools recognised the occasion in some creative ways, including rainbow fun runs, guest speakers, purple/rainbow mufti days and mural painting. Federation also marked Wear It Purple Day by organising a morning tea with a purple and rainbow bake-off that resulted in some fantastic creations.
Posted: 2 August 2017
TAFE managers have secured a 2.5 per cent salary increase each year for two years while preserving all working conditions, in a ballot for a new Enterprise agreement. Eighty-six per cent of TAFE Managers who took part in the ballot (61 per cent) voted YES.
Posted: 2 August 2017
With the most recent update to Federation’s ‘Card Plus’ membership app, Fed Reps and principals can use the app to check their school's staffing entitlement. The ability for NSW public education teachers to be employed on a permanent basis —regulated by the Staffing Agreement — was won thanks to the sustained campaigning of Federation members.
Posted: 2 August 2017
Attention needs to be focused on ensuring all schools are receiving the funding they need to deliver for students' outcomes, not today's NAPLAN results, Australian Education Federal President Correna Haythorpe said in a media release today. “Lifting student outcomes does not mean simply lifting NAPLAN results," she said. “NAPLAN is just one test, a snapshot, and on its own provides a narrow and incomplete picture of a student’s education and does not take into account the high quality, broad curriculum and learning experience that schools provide.
Posted: 1 August 2017
Federation has written to members asking them to share their experiences of the Department’s trial of NAPLAN Online as part of a review of its introduction. In response to increased concern about NAPLAN testing and its move online, the review was endorsed by the Annual Conference policy decision, titled “The future of assessment and testing”.
Posted: 1 August 2017
Nominations are called for the following offices:   Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Federal Conference Delegate (1)   (candidates’ and nominators for this office must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander members) 
Posted: 31 July 2017
The achievements of public education and local schools were put in the spotlight at the launch of Education Week earlier today. The high quality of teaching and learning being undertaken across the NSW public education system was showcased in the keynote address, given by two students and a teacher.
Posted: 28 July 2017
Federation urges members to vote YES in the TAFE Commission of NSW TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement 2017 ballot. The ballot opened at 12.01am on Friday 28th July and will close 11.59pm on Monday 31st July. The outcome of this ballot will determine TAFE Managers' working conditions for the next two years. Members do not have to be at TAFE to vote; members can vote on the internet or by telephone.
Posted: 21 July 2017
Confronting ethnic stereotypes and the challenges of teaching in a multicultural society were key concerns put to educators at a Centre for Professional Learning conference in Sydney today.

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