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Public education: Building great Australian lives

Becoming an actor was an unlikely career path for a young Deborah Mailman growing up in the north-western Queensland mining town of Mt Isa.

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JobTrainer must fund TAFE to build recovery

It is essential that the JobTrainer announcement of a combined $1 billion federal, state and territory subsidy to boost Vocational Education and Training (VET) is focused on delivering high-quality education through TAFE.

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Progress made on EDConnect service issues

In response to sustained representations by Federation on behalf of members, the Department is finally taking important steps towards improving the level of service provided by EDConnect.

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Unions unite to shape post-pandemic world

Union leaders and progressive thinkers, including US civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, joined an international online democracy conference at the end of June where trade unions from around the world shared ideas for an improved post-pandemic world.

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Ukraine: Anti-worker legislation delayed following protests

In a series of warning protests on 30 June, trade unions from all sectors, including education, mobilised against proposed changes in labour law violating freedom of association, the right to organise, and the right to collective bargaining.

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Fighting the privatisation of education

Federation’s Centre for Professional Learning is jointly presenting an online forum featuring international experts discussing ways to further the fight against the privatisation of education systems.

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Time is running out to put your thoughts on the profession into writing

​How do you feel about the mounting expectations placed on you? Do your colleagues feel the same way about these additional responsibilities?

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Spotlight placed on LGBTIQ inclusion in the workforce

International Pride Month — June — is when many organisations reflect on LGBTIQ inclusive practices and how far they have come.

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Media release: A cruel blow for students as Govt threatens school funding

The Berejiklian Government must not be allowed to use students as pawns in its attempt to impose a wage freeze across the public sector.

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Media release: New curriculum requires additional resources

The NSW Teachers Federation has welcomed the unhurried approach and commitment to working with teachers in the development and implementation of the new curriculum.

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Book reviews

Our Home, Our Heartbeat

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Once again, an inquiry will draw attention to the value of teachers’ work

The last time a comprehensive independent inquiry into the value of teachers’ work was conducted was in 2002, to inform Federation’s case in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission in 2003.

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Systemic, funded approach needed to remedy lost learning time for HSC cohort

Federation has pursued the NSW government and Department of Education for more than a month seeking provision of a “catch up” program for HSC students, to make up for the loss of face-to-face lessons during the COVID-19 emergency.

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Collective voices from the field will speak volumes to inquirers

Federation Representatives who have already made their school submission to the Valuing the Teaching Profession inquiry are encouraging other workplaces to do likewise.

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Election notice – Annual Conference Delegate Vacancies 2019-2020

Nominations are called for New South Wales Teachers Federation (NSWTF) Annual (Additional) Conference Delegates

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Schools give their voice to teaching inquiry

Submissions are flowing in from schools across the state to the Valuing the Teaching Profession — an independent inquiry, emphasising the extent and complexity of changes to teachers’ work.

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Black lives and what really matters

“We shouldn’t be importing the things that are happening overseas to Australia.” Such was Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s response to a question about a Black Lives Matter protest march in Sydney on 2 June.

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Plenty of interesting resources available to mark Refugee Week 2020

Federation continues to be a proud sponsor of the Refugee Council of Australia’s Refugee Week, 14–23 June.

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TAFE funding central to commonwealth’s VET response

The urgent restoration of billions of dollars cut from TAFE funding must be central to the Morrison Government’s response to a Productivity Commission report on the vital vocational education and training (VET) sector.

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Teaching is more complex, but not matched by pay

An overwhelming majority of Federation members believe teaching is more challenging and complex than ever before and that pay rates should better reflect the changed nature of their work, a new Federation survey has revealed.

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Media release: Strong growth in public school enrolments

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows continuing strong growth in public school enrolments and exposes the ideologically driven school funding policies of state and Federal governments.

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