The Australian Education Union has more than 185,000 members nationally in schools, TAFE institutes, Corrections Education, Adult Migrant Education Services and early childhood education centres.
The AEU has a long history of supporting and defending the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We ensure all governments are held to account for their responsibility to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The AEU campaigns and lobbies for fairer funding and resourcing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from pre to post school education. The AEU also works to ensure that non – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and workers have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures and that the Australian curriculum includes these perspectives.
At Branch level policy is progressed through forums of Aboriginal members. Interested Aboriginal members are urged to be involved with their union in developing policy for Aboriginal educators and improved outcomes for Aboriginal students.
AEU Tasmanian Branch Council Aboriginal representative: Steven Deverell
AEU Branch Schools Representative on ATSIE Committee: Christina Schleich
AEU Branch TAFE Representative on ATSIE Committee: Michelle Purdy (AEU Federal TAFE President)
AEU Branch Contact Officer: Dr Jeff Garsed (Research Officer) Researchofficer@aeutas.org.au
Resources and Useful Links
Australia’s First Peoples Educators’ Network
The Australian Education Union (AEU) has been working on developing an online forum that enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators from around Australia to have professional dialogue about the topics that interest them. The forum provides an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and to post links to useful resources, media and professional development material.
The forum aims to support a network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators from across Australia and to enhance their engagement and activism within the AEU.
To register as a member of AFPEN you must be:
- Of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
- A member of the AEU Branch (Vic, SA, Tas, NT, ACT) or Associated Body (NSWTF, QTU, SSTUWA)
- Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person with the AEU Branch or Associated Body
To register click here : afpen.freeforums.net
Follow the prompts and provide your email address, create a password and username (one word).
To allow us to approve your registration you must provide in the “request message” box:
- Your name
- Your state or territory
- Your membership number for your AEU Branch (Vic, SA, Tas, NT,ACT) or Associated Body (NSWTF, QTU,SSTUWA).
- Recognise Campaign – It’s time to RECOGNISE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution. It’s the right thing to do. Click Here to find out more.
- School Learning guide – It’s important that young Australians are included in the movement to fix these aspects of our Constitution. That’s why we have prepared a School Learning Guide, for use by teachers and students in class discussions and in student leadership activities. Download here (PDF).
- TAFE matters to our mob flyer – Talk to your mob about why TAFE matters Download flier (PDF).