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Posted: 20 February 2017
"Every school and every teacher needs to ensure that they have made a submission into the NSW parliament inquiry into students with disability, Guildford West Public School assistant principal and Federation executive member Kathryn Bellach says. "Write a school one together and then encourage every teacher to select a part out of it and use it as the basis for an individual submission — the more the better."
Posted: 20 February 2017
Chair of the 2002 Independent Inquiry into the Provision of Public Education in NSW, Tony Vinson, died on February 17. "His life's work whether it be his ground-breaking prison reform or his inquiry into public education has always been underpinned by a commitment to social justice,” Federation President Maurie Mulheron said.
Posted: 15 February 2017
Rising stress levels among principals has prompted a renewed call from the Australian Education Union for governments to properly resource schools. The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey released by Teachers Health Fund reports the main cause of rising stress levels for principals is the “sheer quantity of administrative work” they are required to perform, plus a lack of time to focus on teaching and learning.
Posted: 15 February 2017
How can the Prime Minister cut schools funding when the target to halve the gap in reading and numeracy for Indigenous students by 2018 is not on track, Federation President Maurie Mulheron asked today. The Closing the Gap: Prime Minister's Report 2017, published yesterday, states: "The latest data show of the eight areas measured (reading and numeracy for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9), only one (Year 9 numeracy) is on track."
Posted: 14 February 2017
The Prime Minister's sentiments that Indigenous children should be given every opportunity to get the most out of their education are admirable but need to be accompanied by action, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. "He needs to support full implementation of the Gonski model at the COAG meeting in April," Mr Mulheron said.
Posted: 14 February 2017
NSW Disability Services employees will take strike action today to call on the NSW Government to stop the privatisation of public disability services.
Posted: 10 February 2017
Nominations are called for:  Federal Conference Delegate representing the General Division (1)  Nominations, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the organisation, may be made at any time from Friday 10 February 2017. They must reach my office or postal address or AEC emailbox not later than 12 Noon (AEDT) on Friday 24 February 2017. Nominations cannot be withdrawn after 12 Noon (AEDT) on Friday 3 March 2017.
Posted: 6 February 2017
Retired teachers are among those hit by recent changes to the aged pension entitlements. The cuts affect middle Australia — a couple who own their own home now lose eligibility for the full pension if they have around $350,000 in assets. The amount retirees lose tapers away much more steeply than before. A couple who previously received a part-pension of $250 per week now get no pension.
Posted: 1 February 2017
Malcolm Turnbull today repeated the claim that school funding has increased by 50 per cent in the past decade’ in a speech at the Canberra Press Club. This figure is one that has been ‘pulled out of the air’, according to Federation President Maurie Mulheron, and has not been substantiated with any evidence by either the Prime Minister or his Education Minister, Simon Birmingham.
Posted: 30 January 2017
The Fair Work Commission has approved the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2016 that members voted to accept last November. This means members will begin receiving the benefits of the new Enterprise Agreement – including a 2.5 per cent annual pay rise over three years with all current conditions locked in – from February 3, in accordance with Section 54 of the Fair Work Act. The nominal expiry date of the Agreement is February 3, 2020.
Posted: 19 January 2017
The finest way to recognise and acknowledge retiring NSW Premier Mike Baird will be for the successor leadership to continue the state Coalition government’s commitment and full, long-term funding support for Gonski, teacher organisations said in a joint statement today.
Posted: 17 January 2017
How to create a poetry-loving classroom and meet K-6 syllabus outcomes will be covered in a Centre for Professional Learning course on May 1. The course will explore reading, writing and comprehending poetry, mention a variety of poems to share with students and strategies for developing students' writing of poetry. How to use poetry in key learning areas other than English will be discussed, plus how to plan a unit of work to teach poetry.
Posted: 13 January 2017
The new salaries and conditions voted for by members on December 8, 2016 under the 2017-2019 Award have now commenced. The 2.5% per year salary increase will start from the first pay period after January 1, 2017 – teachers will receive the increase in their pay for the period January 13 – January, 26 which is the first full pay cycle for 2017. Casual teachers are reminded that their pay cycle is now aligned to that of permanent and temporary teachers.
Posted: 12 January 2017
Federation is hosting some training for casual and temporary teachers these school holidays. Today, a two-hour Casual and Temporary Teacher Seminar provided teachers with essential knowledge and understanding about:
Posted: 9 January 2017
The dire situation of students caught up in the collapse of another private training college shows why public funding of vocational training must be directed to TAFE rather than shared among unreliable private operators. “The 800 students who had signed up to Australasian College should have had the opportunity and security of admission to TAFE courses that deliver guaranteed programs based on quality teaching that delivers qualifications respected by industry,” acting Federation President Denis Fitzgerald said.
Posted: 19 December 2016
The Federal Government’s decision to extend $20 million of funding to Teach for Australia while failing to maintain needs-based Gonski funding beyond 2017 is a sign of their misplaced priorities, the AEU said today. AEU Federal Acting President Maurie Mulheron said increased resources were needed in disadvantaged schools, not expensive programs such as Teach for Australia.
Posted: 17 December 2016
NSW’s oldest teacher, 84-year-old Federation member Sally Hill, retired this week after 65 years in the classroom, farewelled by pupils and teachers at Canterbury South Public School who called her an inspiring teacher and “an awesome mentor”.
Posted: 16 December 2016
The NSW Government has recently announced new initiatives that will be implemented to support asylum seekers and refugees gain skills to find work. Asylum seekers and refugees who commence their training from 1 January 2017 will be able to access fee-free training under Smart and Skilled for all qualifications up to Certificate IV level. Importantly, asylum seekers will also be eligible to apply for subsidised training in higher level qualifications such as Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas under Smart and Skilled from this date.
Posted: 16 December 2016
Members who have arrangements with the NSW Teachers Federation to pay their union dues via automatic credit card deductions on a fortnightly basis are being advised that the deductions for the pay period ending 29/12/2016 will be processed and debited from their credit card account from Tuesday 3 January 2017. All other payments will occur as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Posted: 16 December 2016
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has no plan for schools beyond funding cuts, said NSWTF President and AEU Deputy Federal President Maurie Mulheron said in a media release today. Mr Mulheron is in Melbourne today with a delegation of union and education leaders urging state education ministers to resist the Federal Government’s plans to end needs-based Gonski funding.
Posted: 15 December 2016
Teachers Federation Health has just established a new health fund exclusively for nurses and midwives who belong to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation and its branches. The new fund, Nurses & Midwives Health, will be a not-for-profit similar to Teachers Health Fund.
Posted: 15 December 2016
The following rule changes for the AEU NSW Teachers Federation Branch were endorsed by the 26th November Council and are currently with Fair Work for final approval.   John Dixon General Secretary
Posted: 13 December 2016
The 2017 membership fees were endorsed by Federation Executive on Tuesday 13 December 2016. Under the Rules the power to set the fees, as with all financial decisions rests with the Branch Executive. This is qualified by Rule 70 –Transitional Rule 70. (10) This sets the fee at 0.76% payable at step13 of the common incremental scale in the schools sector and incorporates the Public Education Fund. The new membership fees are effective from January 1.  Click here for more information on membership rates.
Posted: 13 December 2016
NAPLAN results out this week further demonstrate the damage students suffer due to inequity in schooling resources – inequity the federal government refuses to fix – Federation President and AEU Deputy Federal President Maurie Mulheron said. Two international tests this month also showed persistent gaps in equity in Australia. “Despite this, the federal government is pushing ahead with its plan to scrap needs-based Gonski funding after 2017, denying schools $3.8 million in extra resources,” the Federation President said.

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