The IEU commends the strong emphasis on tackling education inequality and improving learning opportunities for all students as recommended in the National School Reform Agreement (NSRA) Expert Panel’s report to the Federal Government. Unfortunately, a failure to deploy a complementary strategy to address excessive teacher workloads may doom many of the proposed reforms to fail. Read here how the next NSRA can help ease workload pressures: IEU Speaks on NSRA report's hits & misses The IEU will continue to campaign for concrete and enforceable changes to workload practices in schools, read our latest advocacy with the federal government here: IEU Correspondence [...]
The ongoing war between Hamas and Israel has had a disastrous impact on the safety of children and educators. The education and school system has been plunged into chaos as schools remain closed and vital infrastructure destroyed. Read here about the urgent support needed and the vital diplomatic role Australia must play: IEU Letter to Minister Wong 9 Feb 2024 The safety and well-being of 600,000 students and 22,500 teachers in Gaza demands urgent action.
IEU members across Australia welcome the further improvements to workplace laws passed by the Senate last night. These new laws, the Closing Loopholes Bill #2, build on the significant changes already made by the federal government over the last 18 months and go a long way to restoring fairness and a level playing field for employees. A new 'right to disconnect' is especially relevant to school staff drowning under unrelenting workloads. Read here about what these changes mean for IEU members: IEU Speaks on new workplace laws & right to disconnect These changes follow years of campaigning by union members dedicated [...]
The Australian Framework for Generative AI in schools commences operation this week with the beginning of a new school year across the country. While the Framework provides an important starting point for the use of AI in schools, a number of gaps remain that will need to be addressed to ensure a comprehensive response to the growth of AI in education. Read more here: IEU Speaks on new AI framework for schools A review of the Framework, scheduled for later this year, should include updates to better respond to AI related teacher workload, consultation measures and the commercial encroachment of AI [...]
The IEU has significant concerns with the announcement by Curtin University that they will be introducing a one-year graduate diploma in education from next year. Quick fix responses to teacher shortages are short-sighted and threaten the quality and integrity of teacher training. Read details here of these issues raised with the WA government: IEU concerns with Curtin Uni announcement Fast-tracked programs run the risk of sending unprepared teachers into schools before they are ready. Teaching is a highly complex and demanding profession, we need to ensure that new graduates have the best possible practical skills and pedagogical knowledge to succeed in [...]
The IEU and our broader union family is mourning the passing of John Quessy. John dedicated his working life to education and workers' rights with over 30 years service as an IEU Organiser, NSW/ACT Branch President, Federal IEU President and NSW/ACT Branch Secretary. John made an extraordinary contribution to our largest state Branch. He was instrumental in supporting the IEU's development and growth as a key national union during his term as Federal IEU President. Our NSW/ACT Branch has posted a tribute to John here: Statement on the passing of John Our thoughts are with John's wife Magda, his children Josh [...]
The IEU welcomes the federal government's investment in a range of educational resources aimed at reducing classroom disruptions. Read here about what's needed to ensure effective learning environments for all students in all schools: IEU Speaks on disruptive classrooms Teachers are not solely responsible for addressing student behavior, a long term solution will require significant action by school employers and governments.
New federal protections come into operation today (6 December 2023) that limit the misuse of insecure fixed term contracts. The education sector has been plagued by insecure contracts that undermine job security and continuity of student learning. Thousands of employees have been stuck in a cycle of consecutive short term contracts for no good reason. Read here how the new laws will support secure jobs and pay certainty: IEU Speaks on insecure fixed term contracts Union members have campaigned for years to secure these changes. Their action will make a difference to countless workers and their families.
Solidarity with Iranian Students ahead of 70th anniversary of Iranian Student Day The IEU condemns the continued repression of students, women, workers and academics in the Iranian education system. Read more here about the human rights abuses in Iranian universities and schools: Solidarity with Iranian Students 70th anniversary 2023 Australian Supporters of Democracy in Iran: https://www.facebook.com/groups/736448369830757/members/
The 2023 WGEA gender pay scorecard shows progress with the gender pay gap reducing by 1.1% over the last 12 months to 21.7%. However, on average women are still earning less in all industries including in our schools and early childhood centres. Read here about the gender pay gap in education and the urgent work still to be done: IEU Speaks on the gender pay gap