Women's program

Women have played – and continue to play – a powerful role in shaping our union and determining AEU priorities.

The AEU leads the way in advances for women in the workplace, with a strong and long-standing commitment to representation and advocacy.

Our women's network runs a busy program throughout the year, including our popular International Women's Day dinner, and the annual Women's Conference.

AEU women members can also take part in the Anna Stewart Memorial Project, which supports women to get more involved in their union, or the Rosemary Richards Scholarship, a federal grant to conduct research or complete a project connected to union activities.

A great way to be involved is to become the Women’s Officer in your Workplace (known as a WOW). The WOW increases the profile of issues which effect women in your workplace. You have opportunities to network, support other women and build the confidence of women at all stages of their career. You can be involved as much or as little as you like and can take advantage of our AEU programs, such as WILD,  which build your leadership capacity.

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Annual opportunities

Women's Conference 2022

Gender Equality in Education

Saturday 15 October | In person at the AEU Vic Branch in Abbotsford | $40 including morning tea and lunch

With the state election due to be held on the 26 November, now it is more important than ever for women to campaign in support of a government that looks after women and the issues that remain pivotal in both their working and private lives. This year’s theme is Gender Equality in Education.

Participants always ask to hear from fellow members, so this year we have again pulled together a mighty panel to talk about gender equality in education and ways to empower women and girls in their workplaces. We will have a member from each of the sectors/key networks from within the AEU.

After lunch, participants will be able to participate in two workshops – one with a campaign focus, and the other sector focused.

Registrations are now open and close on Thursday 6 October. Confirmation emails for the event will be sent out by COB Friday 7 October.

Rosemary Richards Scholarship

This is an opportunity for an AEU woman member with an idea for an innovative project, research or study experience that will increase her skills and experience in the union’s work at state/territory, national or international level. Future dates to be confirmed.

Women's events

Anna Stewart Memorial Project

Women in Leadership Development (WILD)


aEU ADVICE sheets for women


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For information about retaining your AEU membership while on maternity/family leave please contact the Membership Centre on 03 9417 2822 or [email protected].

Parental leave kit 

The AEU is committed to looking after the needs of members with family responsibilities. As part of that commitment, we have produced this kit to provide information to members who intend to take family leave.

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