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Posted: 18 April 2017
Federation is writing to the NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes, to request more information about the decision to drop the Safe Schools program from NSW schools. In an announcement made over the Easter long weekend, Minister Stokes announced that once federal funding for the program runs out later this year, the state government would not continue to support the program, and would replace it with a new anti-bullying strategy.
Posted: 11 April 2017
The rule changes endorsed by November 2016 Council have been certified by the Fair Work Commission Delegate under subsection of 159 (1) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. Particulars of the rule changes and the Delegate’s decisions can be found in the attached documents. 
Posted: 11 April 2017
The financial statements of the NSW Teachers Federation for the year ending 31 December 2016 have been audited in accordance with the provisions of Section 257 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. A copy of the financial statements is available to download.
Posted: 7 April 2017
NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes will continue to fight “very, very strongly” for the Federal Government to honour its obligation to fund the final two years of the NSW Gonski agreement, ABC Radio reported today ahead of the Education Council meeting in Hobart. Mr Stokes said: “We have a bi-lateral agreement and have met our obligations and we will be insisting the Commonwealth does likewise.”
Posted: 7 April 2017
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham needs to listen to the state and territory education ministers at today's Education Council meeting, when they tell him he must keep Gonski funding because it is making a difference in schools.
Posted: 6 April 2017
The NSW Public Education Alliance has appealed to the NSW Premier to reject alternatives to the Gonski schools funding model. The Alliance comprises the organisations representing the parents, citizens, principals and teachers of NSW public schools. In a letter sent to the Premier yesterday, the Alliance asks Ms Berejiklian to act on her supportive public statements about securing the Gonski needs-based funding model, and demand that the Federal Government honour its obligations under the NSW Gonski agreement.
Posted: 5 April 2017
Central Coast voters are being reminded of the negative impacts the NSW Coalition's funding cuts to TAFE are having on locals, before they cast their vote in the Gosford by-election on Saturday. The Liberal-Nationals' Smart and Skilled privatisation policy forces TAFE to compete with private vocational education and training providers for much of its funding — the result being reduced government funding for TAFE.
Posted: 5 April 2017
The campaign for the fair, equitable schools funding offered by the Gonski model has enjoyed strong support in NSW – and support that crosses party lines. In recent weeks, members of NSW parliament have renewed their support for Gonski funding, and the great work the funding is facilitating in NSW schools to lift student outcomes.
Posted: 4 April 2017
On Tuesday, 4 April, Federation Executive authorised a number of financial support options for members affected by the recent floods. “Federation offers its support to affected members and their families at this time,” Acting General Secretary David Wynne said in an email sent to members in affected areas. The email provided details of the following assistance to members directly affected by natural disasters:
Posted: 4 April 2017
For many people facing violence and oppression in their home countries, fleeing to another country in search of refuge is their only hope for keeping themselves and their families alive.
Posted: 31 March 2017
Due to local weather conditions the New South Wales Teachers Federation Lismore Office is currently closed. We will continue to keep members updated as and when we get new information. If you have any questions please contact us here.
Posted: 21 March 2017
Today on this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Federation members are reminded of their responsibility as educators to organise, act and educate against racism in all its forms. Federation’s Anti – Racism Policy applies to all Federation members and employees and through its decisions and policies, will heed the voices of its members and students who are subjected to racial abuse, discrimination or vilification.
Posted: 18 March 2017
New ACTU Secretary Sally McManus gave her support for the campaign to secure six years of the Gonski needs-based schools funding model when she addressed Federation's March Council meeting this morning.
Posted: 16 March 2017
March 16 marks National Close the Gap Day, held to share information and take action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. Last month, The Closing the Gap: Prime Minister's Report 2017, gave a progress report about Closing the Gap targets on Indigenous health, employment and education.
Posted: 16 March 2017
Torrential rain (and even the lack of a Gonski Bus!) could not stop more than 80 teachers, parents and community members from attending The Great Gonski Gathering in Port Macquarie yesterday.
Posted: 15 March 2017
Splashes of green across the state’s north and central west marked Federation action in support of continued Gonski funding as members turned out from the Dubbo, Nyngan, Bourke and Walgett Teachers Associations to harness community support for the needs-based funding.
Posted: 15 March 2017
International data released today proves that Gonski is working and highlights the recklessness of Malcolm Turnbull’s $29 million cuts to education. The PISA and TIMSS data released today prove that adequately resourcing schools leads to better student performance.
Posted: 15 March 2017
Member for Macarthur, Labor’s Dr Mike Freelander pledged to fight for Gonski school funding to be continued in full at a local launch of the AEU’s Getting Results 2 publication at Sarah Redfern High School in Minto, in Sydney’s West. “I understand how Gonski funding makes a difference to schools,” Dr Freelander said, as Federation members explained to parents of students the crucial benefits Gonski funding had brought to Sarah Redfern High.
Posted: 14 March 2017
Nominations are called for Alternative Representatives on Branch Council from the following Associations: Blacktown (1) Canterbury-Bankstown (1) Fairfield (1) Illawarra (1) Manly-Warringah (1) Middle Harbour (1) Ryde-Macquarie (1) St. Marys-Mt Druitt (1) TAFE (3) Please note written nominations can not be lodged before Wednesday 22 March 2017. Any nominations received before this date will be void.
Posted: 13 March 2017
Principals and aspiring principals are exploring the different ways to meet the challenges often associated with the implementation of whole-school change at a Centre for Professional Learning course today. The Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School course focuses on the importance of relationships and partnerships.
Posted: 13 March 2017
Getting to know your students is key to engaging them, the SBS Insight program "A Teacher Changed My Life" illustrated last week. The program featured three people who had at one point been disinterested in school and revealed how a teacher's approach had re-engaged them in learning.
Posted: 10 March 2017
The importance of principals working together to make positive change in public education and resist irrelevant accountability processes was covered in the opening session of Federation's Principals' Conference today. New Zealand Educational Institute immediate past president Louise Green outlined how professional voice is a critical component of quality public education.
Posted: 10 March 2017
Listed here are the Gonski Bus activities planned for your area. Buses will enter NSW from Queensland (the northern bus) and Victoria (the southern bus).
Posted: 8 March 2017
Women's struggles for equality were acknowledged at an International Women's Day morning tea at Federation's Surry Hills headquarters this morning. International Women's Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge women's progress towards gender equality in terms of social, political and economic rights that have been achieved through collective action.
Posted: 8 March 2017
The NSW Teachers Federation extends solidarity to United Voice in its campaign to achieve equal pay in the female-dominated childcare sector. Today, more than 1000 early childhood educators are expected to strike from 3.20pm, which represents the time women in Australia effectively start working for free because of the persistent gender pay imbalance.

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