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AEU resolutions and submissions

The AEU is the voice of public education in Victoria. This section contains current AEU policies, and submissions by the Victorian branch to inquiries, reviews and consultations.

AEU Joint Primary and Secondary Sector Council resolution
Resolution on Schools Agreement, February 2017: Monitor ongoing negotiations and finalise application to Fair Work Commission for protected action ballot. more...

AEU Annual Federal Conference resolution
Safe Schools Coalition resolution, 2016: Demanding Prime Minister Turnbull reverse his decision to review the work of Safe Schools Coalition. more...

AEU Victorian Branch Council resolution - Let Them Stay
AEU Victorian Branch Council resolution, February 2016: The AEU Branch Council passed a comprehensive resolution condemning the Turnbull government’s decision to return 267 asylum seeker children and their families to the off-shore detention centre in Nauru. more...

AEU Victorian Branch Council resolution on children in detention
AEU Victorian Branch Council resolution, October 2015: This council further condemns the Federal Government for continuing to detain asylum seeker and refugee children in detention centres and for not amending the draconian Border Force Act that requires teachers to leave their ethical and legal responsibilities behind when they enter the detention centre gate. more...

EC Council Resolution August 2015
Resolution to suspend stopwork action on August 13. more...

Log of claims process resolution
AEU Joint Primary and Secondary Council resolution, June 2015: Resolution passed that a log of claims for a new Schools Agreement (VGSA) be drawn up and served on the Department (DET) and Government in December 2015. more...

EC Resolution June Council 2015
Early childhood sector council, June 19, 2015: Resolution to take stopwork action as part of early childhood enterprise bargaining campaign. more...

AEU regional review submission
June 2015: AEU Victoria's submission to the Victorian Government's review, 'Strengthening DET regional relationships and support'. more...

AEU resolution on government school funding
AEU Joint Primary and Secondary Council resolution, March 13, 2015:
This Council expresses its extreme disappointment in the State Government's new legislation for funding non-government schools. more...

AEU resolution on school funding and additional costs for families
AEU Joint Primary and Secondary Council resolution, February 13, 2015:
This council calls on the Andrews Labor Government to redress the school funding shortfall left behind by the Napthine government. more...

AEU resolution on Federal asylum seeker and refugee policy
Joint Primary/Secondary Council resolution, February 2015: This council advocates for a fair, just and humane asylum seeker and refugee policy and condemns all Federal Government policies that allow for any breach of human rights, particularly those of children and unaccompanied minors. more...

Protect our Preschools campaign support resolution
Council resolution, November 2014: The AEU Branch Council commits its ongoing support to AEU Victoria's early childhood member colleagues in their campaign for a fair and reasonable resolution to their EBA dispute. more...

AEU resolution on school governance and autonomy
Council resolution, September 2014: This AEU joint primary and secondary sector council resolution rejects the Napthine Government's policy that would see school councils employ principals and have direct involvement in determining staff employment and career structures. more...

AEU resolution on Special Religious Instruction
Council resolution, September 2014: This AEU joint primary and secondary sector council passed a resolution reasserting that government school education must remain free and secular and calling upon Minister Dixon and the Napthine Government to halt the provision of SRI in Victorian government schools until full consultation with the education profession and school communities can occur. more...

AEU decision on Gaza, August 5, 2014
The AEU has formally condemned the bombing of civilian populations in Gaza, following attacks that have seen hundreds of children killed and schools destroyed. more...

Performance and Development Process 2014–15
The AEU has produced an advice kit on implementing the State Government’s changes to the performance and development process for teachers and principals. You can download the kit and find other supporting materials here. more...

AEU Council resolution on changes to P&D, May 2014
Council resolution, May 2014: This AEU joint primary and secondary sector council resolution condemns the Napthine Government’s for its inept management of changes to the performance and development system, its destructive focus on performance evaluation and failure to invest in teacher development. The AEU will campaign against any attempts to rank teachers. more...

Performance and Development Draft Guidelines Resolution
Resolution, March 2014: That the AEU Joint Primary and Secondary Sector Council thanks the many hundreds of AEU principals and sub-branches who provided feedback to the AEU to inform the union’s response to the draft Performance and Development Guidelines. more...

Performance and Development Consultation: AEU response
Submission, March 2014: The AEU, drawing on published research and feedback from sub-branches and principal members, believes the Education Department's proposed changes to performance and development are flawed, rushed and under-resourced. (PDF) more...

AEU State Budget Submission 2014-2015
Submission, December 2013: The AEU submission to the state budget calls for a reversal to the cuts of recent years and investment in the future of Victorian public education. more...

Early Childhood 2013 Branch conference resolution
The following resolution in relation to the early childhood sector calls upon the State Government to adequately fund services in order to alleviate workforce and workload pressures. more...

VCEC draft report on school devolution and accountability - AEU response
Submission, June 2013: Read the AEU's response to the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission’s draft report, "Making the Grade: Autonomy and Accountability in Victorian Schools". more...

Strengthening pathways in senior secondary qualifications - AEU response
Submission, June 2013: Strengthening pathways in senior secondary qualifications. This is a VCAA Discussion Paper. Please see here for the AEU response. more...

State Budget Submission 2013
May 2013: The AEU's annual budget submission condemns the State Government for falling short of its primary obligation to adequately fund public education and urges it to reverse its cuts to schools and TAFE and invest in preschool education to fulfill its commitment to the national early childhood agenda. more...

VCEC School Autonomy Inquiry - AEU response
Submission, December 2012: The AEU argues that further devolution to the government school system will lead to the fragmentation of public education and is a barely disguised attempt at cost cutting which will particularly affect disadvantaged groups. (PDF) more...

New Directions for School Leadership and the Teaching Profession: AEU response
Submission, September 2012: The AEU's response to the Baillieu Government's education paper says it is full of contradictions, features policies with little or no evidence to support them, and sets out conservative, competition-driven proposals that should have been brought to the EBA negotiating table. It will undermine education and shows the government's lack of commitment to public education. more...

Funding Public Education
Branch conference resolution, August 2012: The AEU calls on state and federal governments to implement the recommendations of the Gonski Report on school funding and pledges to continue to campaign in support of the review's findings.
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DEECD OHS funding cutbacks
Policy, September 2012: The AEU condemns the Education Department's decision to cut funding for OH&S training in schools and threats to the future of regional OHS advisors.
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Asbestos Management Review
Policy, September 2012: The AEU urges the Victorian Government to undertake an urgent asbestos audit of education premises as the first step towards completely removing asbestos from schools.
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Funding Cuts to TAFE
Branch conference resolution, August 2012: The AEU calls for the reversal of May's budget cuts to TAFE and the abolition of current funding policies.
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Pay Equity Case/National Disability Insurance Scheme
Branch conference resolution, August 2012: The AEU calls on the Baillieu Government to meet its obligation to meet the cost of the Equal Pay case and to commit fully to a national disability insurance scheme.
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Early Childhood: Teacher Registration/Supporting the Profession
Branch conference resolutions, August 2012: The AEU renews its call for early childhood teachers to be registered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching, and calls for early childhood centres to be given the funding and resources to implement the national reform agenda.
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State Budget Submission 2012
Submission, March 2012: The AEU's submission to the State Government calls for investment in education as the means of reviving Victoria's flagging economy. more...

Victoria's Tertiary Education System: Consequences for TAFE of Government's "Skills Reforms" (full report)
Briefing paper, February 2012: A detailed, up-to-date explanation of the ongoing effects of the government's "Skills Reform" agenda on Victoria's TAFE system. more...

Victoria's Tertiary Education System: Consequences for TAFE of Government's "Skills Reforms" (condensed version)
Briefing paper, February 2012 (condensed): A summary of the above report, explaining the effects of the government's "Skills Reforms" agenda on Victoria's TAFE system.  more...

VCEC draft report: Securing Victoria's Future Prosperity
Submission, December 2011: The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission recognises the lack of an overarching government strategy for improving the public education system. It needs to remember that real expertise lies in the profession, not with economists. more...

2011 Branch Conference Resolutions
Policy, August 2011: Professional pay, not performance bonuses; Reviews of Skills Reform Agenda; Pay Equity Case; Carbon Price - Climate change is Union business and Early Childhood - Workload. more...

Professional pay, not performance bonuses
Policy, August 2011: The AEU opposes current performance pay proposals from the State and Federal Governments and supports a system of professional pay that rewards teachers' knowledge and practice and recognises the collegiate nature of their work. more...

Gifted and Talented Inquiry
Submission, July 2011: All students deserve to be stretched to their fullest capabilities; but this requires investment by governments in smaller classes and greater support for teachers so that they can meet the needs of individual students. more...

Review of Skills Reform Agenda
Policy, August 2011: The Victorian TAFE system has been damaged by the previous government's skills reforms, and the life chances of thousands of Victorians placed at risk. The AEU calls on the State Government to conduct an immediate review of the changes. more...

VET Fee and Funding Review submission
Submission, June 2011: Victoria's skills reforms have had a hugely damaging effect on TAFE and VET provision in the state. The AEU's submission to this review calls for a return to a system of concessions and fees that encourage wider access to TAFE for all. more...

Pay equity case
Policy, August 2011: AEU members in Disability Services are highly dedicated professionals working with some of the most disadvantaged people in society. They deserve for the Victorian Government to meet in full the outcome of the equal pay case now before Fair Work Australia. more...

Federal School Funding Review submission
Submission, March 2011: The AEU Vic submission to the biggest review of school funding in 40 years argues that governments have a primary duty to fund schools that provide universal access to quality public education; we need a funding system that fulfills that goal. (PDF) more...

State budget submission, 2011
Submission, December 2010: The AEU's submission to the first Baillieu Government state budget. (PDF) more...

Carbon price: climate change is union business
Policy, August 2011: The AEU supports a price on carbon but believes that in doing so the government must protect jobs, assist low income families and invest in building a low-carbon economy. more...

Early childhood: workload
Policy, August 2011: The AEU welcomes the focus of state and Commonwealth governments on early childhood education but believes governments must give teachers and assistants the time, resources and support to implement changes or face an exodus from the sector. more...

National Pre-Service Accreditation Guidelines - AEU Submission
Submission, September 2010:  Highlights the issues and concerns the AEU VB has with the AITSL consultation paper. While the union is generally supportive of the guidelines, it has concerns about some of the graduate standards and proposals affecting course entry and length and the school-based practicum. more...

AEU Environmental Policy August 2010
Policy, August 2010 The AEU supports action to reduce climate chaange and to secure an environmentally sustainable future. more...

Youth Transitions Discussion Paper
Submission, August 2010: This is the AEU’s response to a Victorian Education Department discussion paper on youth transition systems. more...

BER Inquiry AEU Submission
Submission, August 2010. The BER is an unprecedented Federal Government commitment to modernise and upgrade Victorian government schools; however, the AEU is not uncritical of the program, which should be needs-based with a wider choice of projects, and should address the causes of poor implementation performance where they can be identified. more...

Education for Everyone's Needs
Education for Everyone's Needs
Policy, June 2010: Public education must be the first priority of any Victorian Government. Ahead of the state election, the AEU says a new decade must be met by new commitment and new investment. To order a copy of this booklet, call 03 9417 2822.
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Victorian Skills Reforms Review submission
Submission, May 2010: Fee rises should be rolled back, concessionary fees reintroduced and funding for private providers linked to standards to reverse the damaging effects of the Brumby Government's Skills Reforms. more...

Victorian languages strategy submission
Submission, March 2010: Urgent action is required to reverse the deteriorating state of language teaching in Victoria. The AEU believes a successful strategy will require schools that value language teaching and teachers and the opportunity to create a varied and interesting curriculum and pedagogy. (PDF) more...

State budget submission, 2010
Submission, March 2010: The AEU's submission to the Brumby Government's budget for 2010-11 calls for investment in social equity measures, and the time and resources to support staff in implementing government policies and initiatives. (PDF) more...

Environmental Policy (federal)
January 2010: AEU Federal Conference adopted a wide-ranging environmental policy which sets out the union's support for a price on carbon and highlights the role of educators and education unions in moving to a sustainable future. (PDF) more...

Early years learning and development framework
Submission, October 2009: This submission was made by the Federal AEU during consultations on the proposed framework. It supports the concept of a national framework, but says its successful implementation will require commitments and resources from governments. (PDF) more...

Climate Change Green Paper
Submission, September 2009: This AEU response urges the Victorian Government to invest in green jobs, support vulnerable families and recognise the importance of schools as both forums for education on climate change and facilities that can mode sustainability in design and practice. (PDF) more...

AEU climate change policy
Policy, August 2009: This resolution, approved by the AEU Victorian Branch Conference, recognises the key role of education and educators in tackling climate change, calls on government to act and commits the union to reduce its own carbon footprint. more...

Professional pay policy
Policy, August 2009: This resolution passed by Branch Conference condemns government proposals for performance pay and calls for a career structure that rewards outstanding teachers, against defined standards, who choose to stay in the classroom. more...

School social events policy
Policy, August 2009: This policy adopted by AEU branch conference covers teachers' and education support staff involvement in school social events. more...

Healthy living and schools
Submission, August 2009: The AEU's submission to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry supports the goals of encouraging healthier lifestiles and urges partnerships between schools and other services to this end. (PDF) more...

Alternative education programs
Submission, June 2009: The AEU's submission to a Victorian Education Department review of alternative settings warns that without adequate resources they cannot fulfill their goal of providing equity in education for vulnerable students. (PDF) more...

Teach for Australia
Policy, May 2009: The AEU raises concerns around the Teach for Australia program and calls for measures to safeguard participants and students. more...

NAPLAN kit, 2009
Policy, April 2009: Advice and resources for schools implementing the NAPLAN tests for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. more...

State budget submission, 2009
Submission, April 2009: The AEU's submission to the Brumby Government's budget for 2009–10 calls for greater support for literacy education, particularly for disadvantaged students. (PDF) more...

Children's Services Regulations regulatory impact statement
Submission, March 2009: This submission was made in response to the Victorian Government's proposed amendments to the Children's Services Regulations. (PDF) more...

Victorian Government Skills Reforms
Submission, June 2008: This submission sets out the AEU's deep concerns about the Victorian Government's proposals to increase VET fees and open up the training and skills sector to greater competition. more...

Blueprint 2 discussion papers
Submission, May 2008: The AEU's response to the discussion papers issued around the Victorian Government's Blueprint 2 document. It supports the aims but raises concern at the lack of explicit support for public education. (PDF) more...

Student participation in higher education
Submission, April 2008: This paper, in response to a Victorian parliamentary committee inquiry, analyses the geographical differences in participation rates among Victorian students. (PDF) more...

State budget submission, 2008
Submission, April 2008: The Victorian Government needs to plan not just for the coming year but for the coming decade. (PDF) more...

Victorian Institute of Teaching review
Submission, September 2007: The AEU supports the principle of teacher registration and argues for it to be extended to preschools and TAFE. but believes the VIT is too bureaucratic and has failed as a public advocate of teaching. (PDF) more...

Selective entry schools
Submission, September 2007: The AEU sets out long-held reservations around selection by academic ability in this submission to a Victorian Education Department review. (PDF) more...


Professional learning for teachers
Submission, July 2007: This response to a Victorian Parliamentary education and training committee inquiry states the case for professional learning as central to the process of teaching and learning. (PDF) more...

Flexible Work Options Implementation Policy 2005
Policy, August 2005, updated May 2007: Flexible work options are an essential way of helping all members balance work, family and other life commitments, but especially women. more...

Review of the Children's Services Act
Submission, April 2007: The AEU's response to a once-in-a-decade review of the Children's Services Act 1996 and the Children's Services Regulations 1998. (PDF) more...

Professional pay
Policy, April 2007: The AEU condemns performance pay as unprofessional and anti-educational. The union supports a system based on defined professional standards, to reward teachers who stay in the classroom. more...

Management of diabetes in schools
Policy, April 2007: With more staff being asked to supervise children who need to monitor their blood sugar levels, the AEU sets out advice to members. more...

Early Childhood Education Policy 2007
Policy, January 2007: This federal AEU resolution affirms the importance of early childhood education in setting the foundations for cognitive, physical, emotional, social and language development and detecting impediments to develop. It calls for federal investment in early years to ensure it is a universal right. (PDF) more...

New reporting format
Policy, October 2006: The proposed new reporting system takes away teachers' professional judgement and is potentially misleading to parents. more...

International Baccalaureate
Policy, June 2006: The AEU opposes the introduction of the International Baccalaureate to Victorian public schools. more...

Reporting and quartiles
Policy, May 2006: The AEU opposes the use of quartile rankings in student reports to parents as stigmatising students and urges members to delete quartile rankings from report templates. more...

Renewal of teacher registration
Policy, May 2006: This policy sets out the AEU's statement of principles on teacher registration under the VIT. more...

Plan for Victoria's Children
Submission, April 2006: The AEU's response to the Department of Human Services consultation paper argues the importance of well funded, high quality early childhood education as an investment in societys future. (PDF) more...

VELS reporting
Policy, April 2006: The AEU expresses grave concern over the new VELS reporting system and a lack of adequate consultation, professional development or resources to implement it. more...

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Intersex People 2006
Policy, January 2006: This federal policy says discrimination of GLBTI members is an infringement of their rights, and urges branches to adopt strategies to counter this. (PDF) more...

Vocational Education and Training
Submission, October 2005: The AEU submitted this response to the State Government inquiry into the future of VET in Victoria. (PDF) more...

Review of school governance
Submission, May 2005: This response to the Victorian Government review restates the principle that decision-making in schools should be a collaboration of the whole school community, with redressing disadvantage as the number one priority. (PDF) more...

Review of education and training legislation
Submission, May 2005: This paper was submitted in response to the Victorian Government-commissioned discussion paper for a review of legislation. (PDF) more...

Pre-service teacher education
Submission, May 2004: This submission to a parliamentary inquiry argues for national guidelines, improved practicum arrangements and for the one-year teaching degree to be seen as only the first step in professional education. (PDF) more...

Pre-service teacher education (early childhood)
Submission, June 2004: This AEU submission to a parliamentary inquiry argues the importance of the four-year degree and sets out key areas for improvement in provision. (PDF) more...

Framework of Essential Learning
Submission, May 2004: This is the AEU's response to the VCAA consultation paper on curriculum reform. (PDF) more...

Review of Permission to Teach: AEU submission
Submission: January 2004: Registration of teachers is vital to protect the quality of teaching and learning in Victorian schools. (PDF) more...

Literacy in preschools
Policy: December 2003: Literacy education in preschool is a complex task deeply embedded in play and interactions. Government commitments to raise literacy standards in preschools must be matched by resources. (PDF) more...

The provision of student welfare in schools
Policy: December 2003: Student welfare is integral to all aspects of school life. Schools must aim to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment and culture, to enhance the teaching and learning of all students. more...

Early childhood policy and action plan
Policy, June 2003: All children have the right to free, public, high quality preschool education. (PDF) more...

Women and Girls Policy
Policy, November 2001: AEU policy on women and girls in education, including curriculum, resources, school organisation, vocational education and TAFE issues, and AEU internal policy. more...

Public Education, the Next Generation: submission
Submission, June 2000: The AEU submitted this statement of principles to the Victorian Government inquiry into the future of public education. (PDF) more...

Quality assurance in preschools
Policy, 1997: Quality assurance processes must have a strong link to professional development and training for participants, and not impose a burdensome cost on services. more...

EC Council Resolution August 2015
Early childhood sector council, August 7, 2015: Resolution to suspend stopwork action on August 13. more...


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