The Australian Education Union (AEU) has rejected the politicisation of the Board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and will no longer cooperate with the politicised Institute.
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s decision to change the composition of the AITSL board, replacing organisations representing the teaching profession with political appointments, has been labelled as “unacceptable” by AEU Federal Executive.
“This decision wrongly politicises the AITSL board and its work. The AEU rejects these changes and voices its opposition to the removal of education union representation,” AEU Federal Executive stated on August 13.
Federation President Maurie Mulheron said in June: “The profession has been deliberately disenfranchised. The people most affected by AITSL decisions have been excluded from any role (Education, June 22).
AITSL proposed appointing some AEU officers/employees as individual “experts” to some AITSL standing committees but this proposal is not supported by the AEU as it “does not meet the definition of union representation”.
The AEU will continue to support the implementation of professional standards, practices and processes initiated by AITSL prior to June 2015, and negotiated into state industrial awards, agreements and teacher registration/accreditation requirements.
The Independent Education Union, representing teachers in the non-government sector, has taken a similar stand to the AEU.
NSW Department of Education Secretary Michele Bruniges is on the new board.