Anna Stewart program

In 1986 the Anna Stewart Program was established in honour of a Victorian union official and long-time campaigner for women’s rights, Anna Stewart. This program is an affirmative action program aimed at developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of women members and empowering them to be actively involved in Federation in their workplace, local association or state level.

Applications are considered by the Women’s and Anna Stewart Program Committee, made up of six woman Federation members elected for two years at a time by Council. The Department of Education supports the Anna Stewart Program.

More information about Anna Stewart and the program is available in this flyer.


The Program is available in two forms:

1: The two week program -

Dates for Term 2 2018

30 April – 11 May 2018 Applications close Wednesday 21 March 2018
28 May – 8 June 2018 Applications close Wednesday 21 March 2018
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Dates for Term 3 2017

6 August - 17 August 2018 Applications close Wednesday 13 June 2018
10 Sept - 21 Sept 2018 Applications close Wednesday 13 June 2018
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The term program

Anyone interested in participating in the Term program is advised to discuss any ideas for a project with the Women’s Coordinator or another Federation Officer for advice.


As an Anna Stewart Officer you will be given the opportunity to work with a range of Federation officers to develop an understanding of the processes and practices in our dealings with the DEC and observe Federation campaigns.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • observe the central operations of the union
  • attend meetings with the Department (and other organisations)
  • attend school and association meetings
  • observe cases in the Industrial Commission
  • prepare journal articles and research issues of concern to women
  • attend other union meetings – such as Unions NSW
  • participate in Federation’s current campaigns
  • work alongside substantive officers of the Federation.

Anna Stewart participants could be required to attend meetings or events outside of administration hours. There is an expectation that participants attend Council on the middle Saturday of the program to maximise their learning experience.

If you feel that family responsibilities may prevent you from applying for the program, call Leeanda Smith, Women’s Coordinator on 9217 2100 to discuss possible arrangements.


All financial women members of the Federation are eligible to nominate.


If you are interested in nominating for the project, you can discuss this with the Women’s Coordinator, your organiser, or other officer of the union. Nomination forms can be downloaded from this page. You will need to indicate your prior Federation experience (positions held, attending Federation meetings, conferences, trade union training or activity in campaigns). Your nomination needs to be supported by the President, Secretary or Organiser of your Association, or by another Federation officer. There is a space on the form for a statement from the person supporting your application.


Yes. Federation will pay the cost of casual relief and the Department of Education or TAFE Institute will continue to pay you.


Do not let your location in relation to Sydney prevent you from nominating for the Anna Stewart Program. Country members are encouraged to nominate, and if selected Federation will provide accommodation within close proximity to Federation House.


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