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18 May 2023
President Matt Jarman has led an SSTUWA delegation to honour people killed in workplace accidents. The event was held at Solidarity Park near Parliament House on Friday 28 April, which was World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.
18 May 2023
Through the release of the 2023-24 state budget earlier this month, the McGowan Government claims a total of $6.4 billion has been allocated to school education in 2023-24, an increase of $532 million. Public education funding will continue to increase over the...
18 May 2023
On Sunday 30 April at Fremantle Esplanade, UnionsWA held their annual May Day celebration, including a festival and march. Many unionists showed their commitment to supporting the Yes campaign in the upcoming Voice to Parliament Referendum.
18 May 2023
Education International (EI) General Secretary David Edwards has raised the alarm on the growing global teacher shortage and called for increased public education funding in his speech at the launch event of a new global education campaign from EI’s new global...
3 April 2023
As you would have seen, your union has commissioned an independent review into the current state of public education in WA. The SSTUWA Review of Public Education, chaired by former premier and education minister Carmen Lawrence, will not only identify the current issues impacting on our public education system in WA, but also look at the much needed practical and realistic solutions.
3 April 2023
Whether you are a principal, deputy, head of learning area, senior teacher or Level 3 Classroom Teacher, you are in a unique position to offer insight into the challenges public educators face on a daily and long-term basis.
3 April 2023
With Western Australia’s public education system currently facing a teacher shortage, among other issues, the unfortunate reality is that schools in regional and remote areas are the worst affected. While it is tough to find experienced, fully qualified teachers to teach specialist subjects in metropolitan schools, it’s far more difficult to attract those people to country schools.
3 April 2023
The Australian Education Union (AEU) has affirmed its commitment to the Yes campaign for the upcoming referendum on the First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution.
3 April 2023
On Thursday 23 March, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the wording of what will be proposed in the referendum to change the constitution and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the First Peoples of Australia.
3 April 2023
ChatGPT and its powerful capacity to generate original text has taken the education sector by surprise. Not only are universities hurrying to adapt to it, schools are also grappling with this new technology.
3 April 2023
The WA Department of Education (DoE) moved to ban access to ChatGPT in schools at the start of the 2023 school year.
3 April 2023
The ROGS report from the Productivity Commission (PC) is the fourth in a row making important insights on where Australian education has gone wrong.
3 April 2023
Some of the commentary on the Productivity Commission (PC) report on the National Schools Reform Agreement (NSRA) has drawn a simplistic and highly misleading link between increased school funding and results.
27 February 2023
The SSTUWA wants regional community members to have their say on the state of WA’s public education system, as part of its independent review led by Dr Carmen Lawrence.
26 February 2023
International Women’s Day will be celebrated on 8 March. This year’s global theme is #EmbraceEquity. “Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have.” A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA - and it’s crucial to understand the difference between equity and equality.
23 February 2023
A long overdue public debate has started in Australia about free riding in industrial relations – when non-union members benefit from collective agreements negotiated by union members without contributing (through membership dues or other payments) to their negotiation and administration.
21 February 2023
We have heard reports of a crisis in Australian schools, thanks to a shortage of teachers around the country. Federal education department modelling shows there will be a high school teacher shortfall of about 4,000 by 2025.
17 February 2023
The 2023 Report on Government Services (ROGS) by the Productivity Commission has highlighted the task that lies ahead for the Albanese Government to address the inequities in public education.
16 February 2023
The Australian Education Union (AEU) is urging the federal government to deliver on their election commitment of establishing a pathway to 100 per cent of the Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) funding for Australia’s public schools following the release of the Productivity Commission’s review of the National Schools Reform Agreement (NSRA).
14 February 2023
Prior to Christmas last year, the federal Education Minister, Jason Clare, announced that the current National Schools Reform Agreement (NSRA) would be extended for another year to 2024.

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