AEU Media Releases


18 September 2018

Secret ATAR report reveals urgent need to boost teacher training standards

A secret report showing that students with low ATAR scores are being recruited into Initial Teacher Education (ITE) is of grave concern and reveals the urgent need to implement minimum entry requirements for teaching degrees in Australia.

14 September 2018

Morrison govt’s secret agenda means school funding agreements will be worthless

Any public school funding agreements or curriculum reforms negotiated by the Morrison government which do not include input from the teaching profession will be absolutely worthless and doomed to failure.

12 September 2018

New OECD report reveals the real cost of Morrison govt education cuts

Australian teachers are teaching larger classes and working significantly more hours than their colleagues overseas, while public funding for education as a percentage of total government expenditure is falling, according to a new report.

6 September 2018

SA Education Budget promises just smoke and mirrors

The Budget announcements by the South Australian Marshall government on education lack detail, prop up NAPLAN instead of investing in enhanced student learning outcomes, and claim credit for funding two new schools which have already been announced by the previous government.

6 September 2018

Thousands unite to urge Scott Morrison to reverse his public school funding cuts

Nearly eleven thousand public-school supporters will send a strong message to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to reverse his billion-dollar cuts to public school funding.

3 September 2018

Major advertising campaign targeting Morrison govt’s public school funding cuts starts

A national Week of Action to highlight the impacts of the Morrison government’s $1.9 billion in funding cuts to Australia’s public schools will hits the streets across the country.


15 August 2018

National push for guaranteed preschool funding reaches Canberra

Early Childhood Education (ECE) delegates from around the nation will descend on federal parliament today to ensure that politicians understand the importance of guaranteed ongoing funding for universal access to preschool for all four-year-old children.

8 August 2018

Parents and teachers need immediate explanation over NAPLAN online debacle

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham needs to provide an immediate explanation to parents and teachers over how significant the problems are with the NAPLAN online data.

2 August 2018

Turnbull Government to spend millions sending unqualified teachers into classrooms

A new private-sector teacher recruitment program funded by the Turnbull Government would send unqualified candidates with no experience into Australian school classrooms to teach public school students, with the hope of earning their teaching credentials on the job.


31 July 2018

Turnbull Government's Gonski 2.0 failure means yet another special funding deal

A plan by the Turnbull government to create another private school special funding deal is categorical proof of the failure of the Gonski 2.0 education funding model to provide fair funding for all school students in Australia.

9 July 2018

Birmingham’s STEM solution shortcut a thought-bubble

Simon Birmingham’s solution to fix shrinking school student science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrolments fails to address the real issue of having a comprehensive plan to fix teacher shortages.

5 July 2018

Turnbull’s secret school curriculum changes leave teaching profession in the dark

The Turnbull government has blindsided the teaching profession by planning the biggest Australian school curriculum reforms in decades without consulting the very teachers, principals and support staff who will be forced to implement the changes.


22 June 2018

Unacceptable school funding model leaves teachers out of the equation

The teaching profession could refuse to cooperate with the Turnbull government’s education funding reforms, which will leave nearly nine in ten public schools in Australia without enough funding to meet the needs of each student by 2023.

21 June 2018

AEU welcomes Labor’s plan to review NAPLAN

Public calls to review NAPLAN have reverberated across the nation, and announcement by the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP of Labor backing such a review is a welcome acknowledgement of the teaching profession’s concerns.19 June 2018

Funding cuts threaten the future of the TAFE system

The future of Australia’s TAFE system, which has provided vocational education for millions of Australian plumbers, nurses, child care staff and other workers is under significant threat due to a dire lack of government funding.15 June 2018

Two-thirds of Longman residents support fair funding of public schools

NEW polling has shown that state school funding will be a crucial issue deciding the by-election in Longman, with two-thirds of residents in the electorate saying state school funding levels will be a key consideration in determining their vote.13 June 2018

Three in four Braddon residents support fair funding of public schools

NEW polling has shown that public school funding will be a crucial issue deciding the by-election in Braddon, with more than three in four residents in the electorate saying public school funding levels will be a key consideration in determining their vote.


11 May 2018

AEU's response to Labor's Budget Reply 2018

The Australian Education Union welcomes the strong commitments made by the ALP in their budget reply speech to support the public TAFE system by guaranteeing a minimum 2/3 government funding to the public TAFE system. Labor's plan to restore funding to the sector, and to re-build Australia's network of campuses around the country stands in stark contrast with the Turnbull government's approach.9 May 2018

Turnbull’s Budget fails our children

The 2018-2019 Federal Budget has failed to deliver fair funding for public schools, with the Turnbull Government yet again prioritising big business over our children and their future.1 May 2018

Time for talk is over: Australian Education Union

In the wake of the Gonski 2.0 report released yesterday, the Australian Education Union (AEU) is calling on the PM Malcolm Turnbull to urgently address the gaping resource shortages facing public schools under the Government’s current school funding agenda.


30 April 2018

Gonski report recommendations highlight the critical importance of investing in public schools

The Australian Education Union (AEU) says recommendations in the Through Growth to Achievement Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools released today require significant resources, yet PM Malcolm Turnbull has cut $1.9 billion funding to public schools over the next two years alone.13 April 2018

Richest private schools receiving payments from secret $7 million government ‘slash fund’

Many of the country’s wealthiest and overfunded private schools are receiving bonus payments from a secret $7 million government ‘slash fund’.13 April 2018

AEU demands decisive government action on NAPLAN

The Australian Education Union is calling on the Federal Government to commission an independent review of NAPLAN ahead of the Education Council meeting on 13 April 2018 in Adelaide.


11 March 2018

AEU welcomes South Australia’s reinvestment in public TAFE

The Australian Education Union welcomes the South Australian Government’s announcement this morning that it will increase funding for vocational education and skills by $100 million, and calls on the Federal Government to reinvest in public vocational education.8 March 2018

Overfunded private schools spend hundreds of millions on new buildings while public schools miss out: new My School data

The latest My School data exposes the gross inequities in Malcolm Turnbull’s education funding system. The data reveals how four elite Sydney schools alone have spent just under $200 million on capital works between 2014 and 2016, while public schools continue to suffer funding cuts under Turnbull’s education funding plan.


25 February 2018

Richest schools get orchestra pits while Turnbull leaves public schools under-­resourced

The Australian Education Union’s Federal Conference condemned the inequitable funding policies of the Turnbull Government that will delivers billions extra to private schools while leaving public schools under-­resourced.23 February 2018

Teachers unite against Turnbull’s catastrophic cuts to public schools

The Australian Education Union’s national conference commences in Melbourne today, with the Turnbull Government’s cuts to public schools and TAFE the first order of business. Party leaders Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale will address the conference. Malcolm Turnbull did not respond to an invitation to attend.23 February 2018

Rebuilding Australia’s TAFE system

The Australian Labor Party’s commitment to establish a National Commission of Inquiry into post-secondary education is a great first step towards rebuilding TAFE, and placing it at the centre of a revitalised post-secondary education system.10 February 2018

Birmingham’s new announcement to slash teacher registration standards an outrage

The announcement by Education Minister Simon Birmingham to undermine teacher registration and encourage people from other professions to move into a teaching role, is yet another move to by the Federal Government which implemented will have broad ramifications for teaching and education in our schools.3 February 2018

Turnbull Government fails to deliver funding certainty for preschools

The Turnbull Government’s announcement to extend preschool funding to the end of 2019 leaves preschools around the country waiting for secure funding once again. Without long-term funding certainty, there is no guarantee all children will have access to the essential early learning they need.1 February 2018

New Productivity Commission numbers show public schools underfunded

The Australian Education Union says the annual Report on Government Services shows school funding must be allocated to address educational inequality. Productivity Commission data released today has government funding for private schools growing at a 60 percent higher rate than funding for public schools.


25 January 2018

Turnbull must come clean with parents on advertising spend

The Australian Education Union calls on the Turnbull Government to publicly declare how much taxpayers’ money it is spending on its flashy new ad campaign to spin its school funding cuts.


13 December 2017

New NAPLAN numbers show Turnbull Government’s failure to address school funding Inequity

NAPLAN data released adds to the growing body of evidence showing ongoing inequity is denying students from disadvantaged backgrounds the means to reach their full potential.13 December 2017

New report shows TAFE in crisis

The Australian Education Union says new data released today shows that while university funding is growing, TAFEs are being defunded by both state and federal governments.8 December 2017

State Governments must stare down Turnbull on Year One phonics test

The Australian Education Union warns state governments not to sign-up to the Turnbull Government’s discredited phonics test at today’s Education Ministers Meeting. State Governments must stand strong in opposition to this phonics test given the widespread concern that teaching professionals have about the use of synthetic phonics for assessment.6 December 2017

New data shows students at under-resourced schools missing out

The Australian Education Union says international data just released proves all Australian schools must be resourced properly, based on student need. The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) shows students from well-resourced schools are achieving stronger outcomes than their counterparts at under-resourced schools.


30 November 2017

Stop Turnbull’s TAFE cuts

Funding for vocational education has plummeted yet again, with data released today showing that government funding for the sector has been slashed by more than 31 per cent since 2012.24 November 2017

Union demands greater investment in leadership and teaching in schools by Turnbull Government

The Australian Education Union has demanded Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s full commitment to leadership and teaching in schools following its release today of a submission to the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.