Australian Education Union
Our 185,000 members work as principals, teachers and allied educators in schools, TAFE institutes, Corrections Education, Adult Migrant Education Services, and early childhood education centres.
The AEU is proud to represent people who have the most important job in the country - educating people of all ages.
We are proud to be advocates for a quality public education which is accessible to all Australians.
The AEU represents its members industrially and professionally in diverse forums. This includes the maintenance of industrial protection and representation through industrial awards and agreements in all industrial tribunals in Australia. It also involves research, negotiation and advocacy over a wide range of matters including salaries and teaching and learning conditions.
New Campaign Campaigns
Early childhood educators deserve respect and a fair wageI’ve seen too many colleagues leave because of the low pay and limited career progression. It’s not fair on the children who deserve high quality kindergarten education with experienced educators who can afford to build long term careers. Premier Andrews has committed to providing kindergarten to every Victorian three year old by 2022. To do this our kindergartens will need thousands of extra educators and keep the ones we’ve got. But the promise to every three-year-old will not be kept if we can’t attract new colleagues because of low pay. If you value the work of educators, we need you to please give us your support.3,165 of 4,000 SignaturesCreated by Sara, early childhood educator
Support the Safe Schools Program - no review needed!Bullying is a real issue that can seriously hurt young people. A majority of young LGBTI people report bullying and 80 per cent of those say that it happens at school. All young people should be able to feel safe and supported at school, and this program is helping to do this. Despite scare campaigns around the program, schools make decisions about their level of involvement with Safe Schools, how much of the program they use and what is appropriate for particular age groups. Schools need to have the freedom to run these kinds of programs if they believe it is necessary to help create a safe environment within the school for all students.3,650 of 10,000 SignaturesCreated by Meredith Peace, AEU Victorian President
Stop funding private providers at the expense of TAFEsVulnerable young people, the unemployed and retrenched workers looking to retrain deserve the quality education that Victorian TAFEs provide. Together we can send a strong message to the major political parties ahead of the November state election to make sure they commit to allocating at least 70 percent of vocational education funding to public TAFEs.1,230 of 2,000 SignaturesCreated by AEU
Victorian schools need 1600 new teachers every year.More teachers means more literacy and numeracy support, help for those students with learning difficulties and providing extension work for children and young people who need it. It also means teachers would have more time to plan and prepare to support the learning of every student. Together we can send a strong message to the major political parties ahead of the November state election to make sure they commit to funding 1600 additional teachers every year to give every Victorian child the quality education they deserve.902 of 1,000 SignaturesCreated by AEU
75% of 3-year-olds are missing out on preschoolOur group of early childhood educators will be meeting with the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Jenny Mikakos, on the 1st of December. We need to take this opportunity to show Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Mikakos how important preschool education is to our children’s future. Currently we rank 33 out of the 36 OECD countries for participation in 3-year-old preschool education – this is disgraceful and we need to make a change. Together we can send a strong message to the Andrews Government to make sure they deliver funding for 10 hours of 3-year-old preschool per week, to give all children the best possible start in life. Please sign the petition to tell Premier Andrews and Minister Mikakos that all Victorian children deserve 10 hours of 3-year-old preschool.4,093 of 5,000 SignaturesCreated by AEU Victoria