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Posted: 11 October 2016
Federation is joining other unions for a vigil on Thursday October 13 to ask all parties for a commitment that domestic violence leave be included in the National Employment Standards. Unions will be laying a flower on the fence of parliament for each of the 26 women killed by their partners this year alone. When: Thursday 13 October, 12-1pmWhere: The Domain (Behind NSW Parliament House under the Tree of Knowledge)Dress: Attendees are asked to wear purple
Posted: 7 October 2016
Federation’s 14,000-signature petition was tabled in the NSW parliament today in a bid to stop the Baird government from privatising gaol education.
Posted: 5 October 2016
Today, World Teachers Day, highlights the transformational role that teachers play in every community around the world as the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers declared exactly 50 years ago. Australia marks World Teachers Day on October 28. 
Posted: 5 October 2016
In a statement headed “Good riddance to VET Fee-Help” the AEU today welcomed the federal government’s decision to ditch the rort-riddled loans scheme and called on governments to invest in TAFE. The VET Fee-Help scheme, which saw taxpayers saddled with billions of dollars in student debts, went “hand in hand” with cuts to TAFE funding and TAFE must now be reinvigorated to ensure students have access to quality training, AEU Federal TAFE Secretary Pat Forward said. Under the funding cuts TAFE was forced to cut courses and teacher numbers.
Posted: 28 September 2016
Media coverage on schools funding in the past week shows commentators are not buying into the federal government's spin on schools funding.
Posted: 28 September 2016
On Saturday October 8, supporters of marriage equality will rally to demonstrate their support of same sex marriage and put pressure on politicians to establish equal access under the law to marriage. The rally is being organised by Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) to call for the marriage equality bills already lodged in the lower house to be put to a vote.
Posted: 26 September 2016
It is looking increasingly unlikely that the Turnbull government will be able to obtain changes to legislation that would destroy the Gonski schools funding model. Security of the existing legislation has strengthened following the Xenophon team committing to opposing any changes in federal parliament to the Australian Education Act (2013) that would threaten the Gonski funding model. See letter from Nick Xenophon here.
Posted: 23 September 2016
Federal and state presidents of the Australian Education Union have gathered in Adelaide to campaign for Gonski, which is one of the primary topics scheduled for debate during the Council of Education Ministers meeting taking place today.
Posted: 22 September 2016
State governments have howled down the federal government today over its intentions to renege on signed schools funding deals and implement a different plan beyond 2017. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will meet with state and territory education ministers tomorrow. His government does not want to continue full Gonski needs-based funding beyond 2017 — a move that will leave schools across Australia $3.9 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019.
Posted: 22 September 2016
TAFE helped comedian Anh Do achieve a place as a finalist in the Archibald prize in 2014. As he painted actor Craig McLachlan on Anh's Brush with Fame this week, Anh explained he was cleaning out his garage and realised he had "thousands" of second-hand art books and just 50 books on comedy.
Posted: 22 September 2016
The Coalition’s call's to shift funding between states as part of their new schools funding system are an attempted distraction from their refusal to honour the full six years of the Gonski agreements, the Australian Education Union (AEU) said in a media release today. Click here for the full statement
Posted: 22 September 2016
"The federal government has a long history of being furtive, elitist and deceitful in relation to its school funding policies and federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham continues in that tradition with his statements today," NSW Teachers Federation Acting Deputy President Denis Fitzgerald said. This morning the Federal Minister tweeted: "We need a model that distributes schools funding according to need, not according to Labor's corruption of #gonski".
Posted: 21 September 2016
Funding for the NSW government's new Literacy and Numeracy Strategy will remain precarious while ever the Turnbull Government fails to fully fund the Gonski school funding model, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced $340 million for the strategy will:
Posted: 16 September 2016
A new OECD report underscores the need for continued Gonski funding with its finding that Australian class sizes were above the OECD average and funding for primary schools below the average. The report shows Australian teachers bear a far heavier workload with primary schoolteachers teaching 872 hours while the OECD average is 776, and similar gaps across all classes.
Posted: 16 September 2016
Federation has made a donation to support striking workers at Carlton United Breweries (CUB) who are protesting against an Enterprise Agreement the ACTU describes as the company gaming the system. “We’re asking members to boycott CUB beers during the Grand Final to send a message of support to the workers on the picket line,” Federation General Secretary John Dixon said.
Posted: 15 September 2016
"Schools deserve long-term policy certainty to enable planning and growth," NSW Secondary Principals’ Council President, Chris Presland said in a media release this week.
Posted: 15 September 2016
Supporters of the Safe Schools program will rally to demonstrate their support for schools to be able to access the program and an end to bullying in schools based on sexual orientation and gender diversity. The NSW Teachers Federation supports the Safe Schools Rally that will be held at 1pm on Sunday September 18 in Martin Place, Sydney. The event is being organised by Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) and is in response to a recent petition attacking the program that will be tabled in the NSW Parliament the following week.
Posted: 7 September 2016
Tomorrow, September 8, is Equal Pay Day — calculated to be the point to which the average woman must work to earn the same money an average man earns over the financial year ending in June.
Posted: 6 September 2016
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has defended the importance of Gonski needs-based funding in a critical response to a draft report from the Productivity Commission. In a media release, Minister Piccoli highlights issues with the scope of the Productivity Commission report, stating “The draft report refers to the years 2004/05 to 2013/14 in which Commonwealth funding was not provided to schools on the basis of need.” Minister Piccoli also pointed out that only 1.5 per cent of funding had been rolled out to school during the time period covered by the report.
Posted: 6 September 2016
If you thought Malcolm Turnbull had any commitment to needs-based funding for schools, think again. A new analysis by education funding expert Dr Jim McMorrow has found the Turnbull government's funding plan to replace the Gonski model will simply entrench disadvantage by directing 62 per cent of extra federal funding to private schools after 2017.
Posted: 1 September 2016
Federation looks forward to establishing a positive relationship with new Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, Mark Scott. The union's President Maurie Mulheron and General Secretary John Dixon congratulated Mr Scott on his appointment in a letter sent today.
Posted: 1 September 2016
The NSW Secondary Principals' Council is calling for a more serious discourse about what and how school performance is measured. The professional body believes the focus on standardised testing such as NAPLAN and PISA rankings needs to be repositioned to consider broader definitions of school success.
Posted: 25 August 2016
More needs to be done in the vocational education sector than just redesigning the VET Fee-Help system, NSW Teachers Federation and Australian Education Union representatives said today. Their comments follow Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham announcing an amended student loan scheme would be introduced in 2017. Australian Education Union Federal TAFE Secretary Pat Forward said the Federal Government must take real action, including a suspension of the VET FEE-HELP scheme, to stop private providers rorting the system.
Posted: 25 August 2016
Federation is urging members to join their colleagues and the broader community at a rally at Sydney Town Hall 1pm this Saturday, August 27, to demand the Australian government show leadership by complying with its legal and moral obligations to those seeking asylum. The rally will start at 1pm and the crowd will later march to Circular Quay via the Papua New Guinea Consulate.

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