Membership fees

AEU membership fees or subscription rates are paid every 28 days by direct debit from your bank account or credit card. Membership fees are determined each year by our branch council, using criteria agreed at the annual conference. Union fees differ depending on membership category and time fraction, as well as leave status.

The best way to ensure that you are paying the correct fee is to let us know when your employment or leave details change. We encourage you to contact the Membership Centre on 03 9417 2822, email [email protected] or update your details via your user dashboard


2021 membership fees

You can find our 2021 supscription rates here. Read more

Our rates sheet, direct debit payment dates, refund policy and information about fees while on leave are available below.

Early childhood

Teacher, preschool field officer and early years advisor. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

Full-time

61.27

398.27

796.53

0.9

55.36

359.82

719.63

0.8

49.44

321.37

642.73

0.7

43.53

282.92

565.83

0.6

37.61

244.46

488.92

0.5

30.64

199.14

398.27

0.4

24.72

160.69

321.37

0.3

18.80

122.23

244.46

0.2

12.89

83.78

167.55

Assistant and co-educator. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

Full-time

33.25

216.13

432.26

0.9

30.14

195.89

391.78

0.8

27.02

175.66

351.31

0.7

23.91

155.42

310.83

0.6

20.80

135.18

270.36

0.5

16.63

108.07

216.13

0.4

13.51

87.83

175.65

0.3

10.40

67.59

135.18

0.2

7.28

47.35

94.70

Casual relief teacher. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

N/A

19.74

128.31

256.61

Casual EC assistant. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

N/A

12.09

78.61

157.22

Schools

Teacher (primary, secondary and special settings), principal and instructor. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

Full-time

64.39

418.51

837.01

0.9

58.16

378.03

756.06

0.8

51.93

337.56

675.11

0.7

45.70

297.08

594.15

0.6

39.48

256.61

513.21

0.5

32.19

209.26

418.51

0.4

25.97

168.78

337.56

0.3

19.74

128.31

256.61

0.2

13.51

87.83

175.65

Education support staff and Koorie educator. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

Full-time

36.36

236.37

472.74

0.9

32.94

214.11

428.21

0.8

29.51

191.84

383.68

0.7

26.09

169.58

339.16

0.6

22.66

147.32

294.64

0.5

18.18

118.19

236.37

0.4

14.76

95.92

191.84

0.3

11.33

73.66

147.32

0.2

7.91

51.40

102.80

Casual relief teacher. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

N/A

19.74

128.31

256.61

Casual education support staff and Victorian School of Languages casual (including Saturday morning). Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

N/A

12.09

78.61

157.22

TAFE

Teacher, senior educator and education manager. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

Full-time

61.27

398.27

796.53

0.9

55.36

359.82

719.63

0.8

49.44

321.37

642.73

0.7

43.53

282.92

565.83

0.6

37.61

244.46

488.92

0.5

30.64

199.14

398.27

0.4

24.72

160.69

321.37

0.3

18.80

122.23

244.46

0.2

12.89

83.78

167.55

Industrial skills instructor. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

N/A

48.82

317.32

634.63

Sessional teacher. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

N/A

19.74

128.31

256.61

Disability

Instructor. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

Full-time

42.59

276.85

553.69

0.9

38.54

250.53

501.06

0.8

34.50

224.23

448.45

0.7

30.45

197.91

395.82

0.6

26.40

171.61

343.21

0.5

21.30

138.42

276.84

0.4

17.25

112.11

224.22

0.3

13.20

85.80

171.60

0.2

9.15

59.50

118.99

Casual instructor. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

N/A

12.09

78.61

157.22

AMES

Teacher. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

Full-time

58.16

378.03

756.06

0.9

52.55

341.61

683.21

0.8

46.95

305.18

610.35

0.7

41.35

268.75

537.49

0.6

35.74

232.32

464.64

0.5

29.08

189.02

378.03

0.4

23.47

152.59

305.17

0.3

17.87

116.16

232.32

0.2

12.27

79.74

159.47

Casual relief teacher. Read more

Time fraction

4 weekly debit

6 months

12 months

N/A

19.74

128.31

256.61

Early career teacher – discounted – 4 weekly debit only.

Graduate teacher, para-professional, Teach for Australia* and
Career Change programs*. Read more

We recognise that graduate teachers have a lot of expenses, so membership fees are lower for the first three years of teaching. Graduate teachers receive a 40% discount off their fees in their first year of teaching. In the second year they will receive a 30% discount and then a 20% discount in their third year of teaching.

Time fraction

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Full-time

39.48

45.70

51.93

0.9

35.74

41.35

46.95

0.8

32.00

36.99

41.97

0.7

28.27

32.63

36.99

0.6

24.53

28.27

32.00

0.5

19.74

22.85

25.97

0.4

16.00

18.49

20.98

0.3

12.27

14.13

16.00

0.2

8.53

9.78

11.02

*Members receive the discount across the two years of the program and the first year of teaching.

Other

Associate member 66.00 annually
AEU News subscription

66.00 annually

Student No charge

Membership fees while on leave

Did you know that when you take unpaid leave you can suspend your membership? As a financial member of the AEU, you have the right to suspend your membership if you are taking unpaid leave. Read more

Simply provide your leave dates in writing to our membership team and your subscription debits will be suspended until you return to paid employment. Your membership remains active, and you are welcome to access membership services or contact us for assistance or advice while on leave.

While members are required to pay subscription fees for any period of paid maternity leave, fees are adjusted to reflect the member's maternity leave status. Read more

If you take maternity leave at full pay, you will continue to pay the full subscription rate. If you take your maternity leave at half pay, your subscription rate is halved accordingly. This acknowledges your change in circumstance and allows you to retain access to services and benefits provided by the AEU, including the capacity to seek support, advice or assistance throughout your paid maternity leave and unpaid family leave period.

Most importantly, you will have the support of the AEU when negotiating your return to employment at the conclusion of your leave. Simply provide written notification of the start and end dates of your planned leave, indicating half or full pay, and we will adjust your rate accordingly.

Similarly, members are required to pay subscription fees for any period of paid long service leave, with fees adjusted to reflect the member’s long service leave status. Read more

If you have elected to take long service leave at full pay, you will continue to pay the full subscription rate. If you take your long service leave at half pay, your subscription rate is halved accordingly. This allows you to retain access to services and benefits provided by the AEU, including the capacity to seek support, advice or assistance throughout your long service leave period.

2021 direct debit and credit card schedule

Bank First & credit cards: 28 January, 25 February, 25 March, 22 April, 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 132 August, 9 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December, 30 December

Banks, Bank Australia & building societies: 14 January, 11 February, 11 March, 8 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 29 July, 26 August, 23 September, 21 October, 18 November, 16 December

Please note we do not cover everyone working in education.

If you are unsure whether the AEU is the right union for your profession, please call our friendly membership services team on 03 9417 2822.

Assistants, educators and co-educators working in long day care cannot be covered by the AEU. Please contact United Workers Union or the Australian Services Union.

Residential care workers in the disability sector are not covered by the AEU.

 


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