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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.
Posted: 9 December 2016
For many years casual teachers were paid on the alternate week to their temporary and permanent colleagues. From January, 2017 pay cycles for casual teachers will align with those of temporary and permanent teachers. This will result in a change to the pay cycle and pay day for casual teachers from the first pay period of 2017. The following will apply to casual teachers from January 2017 when the new pay cycle begins:
Posted: 9 December 2016
The New South Wales Teachers Federation has worked hard with our communities to ensure refugee students have access to quality learning opportunities. Our Union was one of the first to stand up and speak out for the rights of students in detention to have access to public education. Federation will continue to campaign for refugee and asylum seeker children and their families and stand in opposition to mandatory detention policies.
Posted: 8 December 2016
NSW public school teachers have voted overwhelmingly to accept a salaries and conditions offer from the NSW Education Department. NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron said 99 per cent of teachers had voted to accept the department’s offer. He said the Teachers Federation had negotiated an offer that included:
Posted: 6 December 2016
Australia’s continuing decline in the PISA international school test results shows the urgent need for investment in disadvantaged schools, the AEU said today. AEU Deputy Federal President Maurie Mulheron said the data showed that years of distorted schools funding had failed to lift results, or close the big gaps in achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students.
Posted: 5 December 2016
Communities across the globe marked International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on December 3 in celebration of the achievements and contributions of people with disability.
Posted: 2 December 2016
TAFE teachers have secured salary increases of 2.5 per cent each year for three years with no cuts to working conditions for TAFE teachers and related employees. Federation urged TAFE members to vote yes in a digital ballot, to accept the terms of settlement negotiated between Federation and TAFE NSW. Ninety two per cent of voters supported the proposed enterprise agreement in the ballot, which closed on Thursday evening.
Posted: 30 November 2016
The 2016 TIMSS results confirm the Gonski review findings that there are huge inequities in Australian education, NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. "The Gonski review found that significant investment in education was needed to improve outcomes," Mr Mulheron said, "and while the TIMSS tests were done in 2015, by that time only 9 per cent of Gonski funding had been rolled out to schools."
Posted: 25 November 2016
Members are asked to support the campaign #WeWontWaitDV for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today kicks off 16 days of action.

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