We conduct our business lawfully and ethically at all times, and protect the integrity of AEU funds. The AEU is a registered organisation under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.


The AEU is a democratic organisation.

AEU leadership officers and branch councillors are elected for three-year terms. The next elections will be held in October 2018, for terms of office beginning January 1, 2019. Elections are conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.

A full report on elections is available to members upon request.

The AEU rules contain details on how to elect sub-branch representative positions.

Our structure

The Australian Education Union is a national body, comprising seven branches and a federal office.

AEU Victoria is the Victorian branch of the AEU.

Key structures of the aeu

Branch Council

AEU Victoria's Branch Council is made up of 120 members from all sectors and all regions of Victoria, elected by their workplace colleagues to represent member interests and guide the union's activities. See here for Branch Council meeting dates.

Notices of Branch Council vacancies that arise between elections will be posted here.

Sector Councils

AEU Victoria also has four sector councils:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • TAFE & Adult Provision (TAP)
  • Early Childhood.

Notices of unfilled sector council vacancies will be posted below.

Branch Conference

AEU Victoria's annual Branch Conference is the union's key decision-making forum, setting union policy and direction for the coming year. It is held in Term 3 each year.

Delegates are nominated from the schools, TAFE, early childhood and adult provision sectors. 

Union rules

The AEU is governed by its rules, which determine the regulation and authority of the union's decision-making bodies and of individuals within the AEU. The AEU Rules are subject to the provisions of the relevant legislation. You can find the AEU Rules, including the resignation rule (Federal Rule 17) here.

Rule changes

We will post any applications we make for changes to branch rules here.

Notice of alteration of AEU Vic Branch Rules
The AEU Vic Branch has lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission on 30 August 2018 to alter the AEU Vic Branch Rules.  A copy of the proposed amendments are available from the AEU Victoria upon request.

  • The rule change, made in 2013 to comply with Fair Work legislation, can be downloaded here.
  • The most recent rule change made in 2016 can be downloaded here.
  • The FWA decision on the 2016 rule change can be found  here.

AEC notices regarding "difficult rules"

AEU reports

Notification to members pursuant to the Requirements of Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2012, Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 and Australian  Education Union Victoria Branch Rules.

Member-only reports (login required)

The AEU publishes a number of reports for members only.

Click to view reports

Annual financial report

AEU election notices

E2019/32 - Recall - AEU Federal Conference and National TAFE Council Elections

E2019/95 Ordinary Members of Sector Council - Casual vacancy election

AEU post-election reports

E2019/32 AEU Victorian Branch Scheduled Election AEU Federal Conference and National TAFE Council Elections

E2018/220 AEU Victorian Branch Scheduled Elections - Election of Delegates to Branch Conference

E2018/109 AEU Victorian Branch Scheduled Elections – Branch Officers & Ordinary Members of Sector Councils