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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.
Posted: 25 August 2016
Public schools across NSW will be celebrating Wear It Purple Day tomorrow to communicate to rainbow young people, and LGBTIQ people in the school community, that they are welcome and an integral part of the community.
Posted: 25 August 2016
It is not in the community's interest to have people leave prison without a chance to be skilled and have the chance to break the poverty and crime cycle that has put them in there in the first place. That was the message delivered by Federation President Maurie Mulheron at a public forum at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday night.
Posted: 24 August 2016
It's important for all teachers to understand the scale of Islamophobia and xenophobia so they can help tackle it, Islamophobia Register Australia President Mariam Veiszadah told Federation's Women's Conference on Saturday. The register, which was set up as a platform to report, record and analyse incidents of Islamophobia, has on file cases of:
Posted: 23 August 2016
On Friday 19 August, the NSW government released the report and recommendations from the review of BOSTES. Federation notes that while the government has accepted all recommendations, they now have to introduce legislation into parliament in order to implement these recommendations. Once draft legislation is made public then Federation will further develop its approach in response.
Posted: 23 August 2016
Young rainbow people and their supporters joined together on Friday evening to celebrate the launch of Wear It Purple’s 2016 short video to support the celebration of Wear It Purple Day. The audience heard from speakers who shared their personal accounts of how Wear It Purple Day has made a positive change in their school or lives, setting the course for a more inclusive learning environment.
Posted: 22 August 2016
“Research highlights the importance of education as a very significant factor in reducing recidivism. Removing specialist teachers from the prisons as proposed by the Government requires public justification after consultation with all the stakeholders. The lockdown of prisoners in cells for over eighteen hours a day gives very little time for education, especially with the huge increase of imprisonment” said Community Justice Coalition President, the Hon John Dowd AO QC.
Posted: 20 August 2016
Public school teachers from across the state have gathered in Sydney today to attend Federation's annual Women's Conference and discuss the theme Women in Education: Leading the way. During the morning session the union's Women's Coordinator Anna Uren spoke about the challenges facing women. Attack on teachers’ pay and working conditions

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