AEU Media Releases


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.