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TAFE members and the AEU

The AEU is dedicated to making TAFE and its highly skilled teaching workforce the centre of vocational education and training in Australia.

Getting outcomes for TAFE teachers

The AEU has a long and proud history of representing Victorian TAFE teachers in standalone TAFEs and in dual sector universities. The Victorian branch of the AEU was officially founded in 1995, but we have been representing teachers’ interests since 1884 with the formation of the Victorian Lady Teachers Association.

Recent major achievements include:

  • A commitment from the Andrews Labor government to rebuild and strengthen TAFE, by upgrading and rebuilding campuses and facilities and introducing Free TAFE courses in areas of high skills need.
  • A Multi-Employer Agreement for all 12 standalone TAFEs, with mandated workplans to help ensure reasonable workload, 23.7% total pay increase over four years, a maximum 800 teaching hours a year, ongoing limit of 30 hours a week and 42 weeks per year of required attendance, improved conversion clauses and 20 days family violence leave.
  • Negotiating new agreements at three dual sector universities: RMIT, Victoria University and Federation University TAFE, with pay increases and conditions akin to those in the Victorian TAFE Teachers Agreement.
  • Numerous professional, industrial and legal wins for individual members, including our largest ever win for an AEU member.

There are more campaigns and victories to be won – so get on board and lend your voice to the growing power of your union.

AEU: the union for TAFE teachers

The AEU is the peak representative body for Victorian teachers. We have decades of experience and expertise negotiating better outcomes for teachers and their students.


Put Education First campaign

Join the campaign - Put TAFE Education First

TAFEs deliver high-quality education – they’re trusted by industry professionals and the community to educate the skilled workers Victoria needs. The Andrews government has reinvested significantly, but the TAFE system needs more support and investment to ensure it can again become the pre-eminent provider of vocational education.

The AEU is campaigning for contestable VET funding to be capped at a maximum 30% of total funding, with the remainding 70% dedicated to public provision through TAFEs.

Join Put Education First - and urge the state government to commit 70% of public funding to our public TAFE system.

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