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Posted: 25 October 2016
Shocking new evidence of rorting and waste among for-profit private vocational training companies is more reason to ban them from government funding and to properly fund TAFEs, the Australian Education Union says. Analysis of VET FEE-HELP, released by the Federal Government yesterday, shows the dramatic difference in fees between public TAFEs and private colleges accessing the loans scheme. Some for-profit providers had completion rates of less than 2 per cent, yet still received over $100 million in government subsidies through VET FEE-HELP.
Posted: 24 October 2016
Federation and TAFE have agreed on terms of settlements for a new Enterprise Agreement for TAFE teachers. A Joint Communique regarding terms of settlement was released at 9am, Monday 24 October, and will be issued by email to all TAFE employees covered by the new Agreement. The Joint Communique can also be accessed here. Additional information on the terms of settlement will be made available to all members prior to the ballot.
Posted: 21 October 2016
Federation successfully forced an open debate in parliament yesterday on the mass sackings of dedicated prison educators as shadow minister for corrections Guy Zangari brought the union’s petition to the floor. The 14,000-strong petition called on the Baird government to review its decision to expunge 132.5 of 152.5 full-time teaching roles – 85 per cent of teachers – to make way for clerks and private-provider trainers to run education in prisons.
Posted: 21 October 2016
Federation encourages members to take part in an international survey on education workers' psycho-social risks, launched by the Education and Solidarity Network in partnership with other education unions  globally. The results will help to improve knowledge of the working conditions of education professionals and support future actions.
Posted: 20 October 2016
Educators across NSW welcome the NSW Government’s announcement of the additional resources for schools as part of the next phase of the Gonski funding agreement. The needs-based Gonski model is designed to ensure that all schools by the end of 2019 reach the schools resource standard established by the Gonski Review.
Posted: 19 October 2016
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres shunned calls by correctional centre, school and TAFE teachers and other unionists to hold a last-minute meeting with experienced, qualified gaol educators who face the axe under the Baird government’s plans to bring in unqualified “clerks” as teachers in NSW prisons.
Posted: 17 October 2016
One in six children in our schools lives below the poverty line, says a new report out this week, Anti-Poverty Week, reinforcing the need for Gonski-funded support in low-SES areas.
Posted: 15 October 2016
The corporate takeover of education was moving at a frightening pace, Sharan Burrow and Angelo Gavrielatos told Federation on Friday in a briefing on a range of issues confronting them as, respectively, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation and Education International’s Director working against the commercialisation of education.
Posted: 13 October 2016
Federation members joined the call for the inclusion of domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards at a vigil in Sydney today. The colour purple was prominent as unionists campaigned for bipartisan commitment from political parties to support domestic violence victims through special leave provisions.
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.

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