Ahead of a big year for elections and negotiations, we outline the Federation’s campaign priorities for the year. Also in this edition: NSW political parties reveal their education policies as polling day nears, and the union’s workload campaign gains traction with the Department.
2019 campaign prioritiesMarch 04, 2019
The campaign priorities outlined here are by no means an exhaustive list nor are they necessarily in any particular order. Rather, these are the major issues, determined by members at Federation's democratic decision-making forums, that we will continue to campaign for in the forthcoming elections, and beyond.
Our students cannot wait any longerFebruary 28, 2019
A NSW public school student starting kindergarten this year will reach year 12 having spent their whole school life in a deliberately under-resourced sector, unless the $14 billion funding cuts introduced by the federal Liberal-National government are reversed.
You can help save TAFEFebruary 27, 2019
Now is the time to tell your local state and federal politicians how much you value TAFE — our present and future students are relying on you.
NSW Liberals and NationalsMarch 04, 2019
Providing a universal, high quality education to every child — regardless of race, religion, circumstances or background — is at the heart of our social contract. It is at the heart of the NSW Liberals and Nationals education policy platform. In years gone by, the regulation of teachers by governments has been characterised by distrust and hostility (the 1872 the Rules for Teachers even dictated how many nights per week could be used for "courting", and required teachers to clean chimneys).
NSW LaborMarch 04, 2019
Nothing can be more important than the education we provide our children. Of all the responsibilities of Government, the priority of education is non-negotiable.
NSW GreensMarch 04, 2019
Education is a right, not a privilege. Public education is in the Greens’ DNA and it will always be a fundamental commitment of the Greens NSW. That’s why we believe in universal, high quality free public education from early childhood right through to school, university and TAFE, and adequate support for the educators that serve our communities.
Lid needs lifting on wage restrictionMarch 01, 2019
Overturning the NSW Government’s salary cap is a key priority for Federation during 2019.
Workload campaign gains tractionFebruary 28, 2019
The Department has responded to Federation’s campaign to prioritise teaching and learning with the release of a special edition of School Biz “Reducing the Administrative Burden” on 7 December, 2018.
There’s nothing casual about teachingMarch 03, 2019
Systems, Applications and Products’ (SAP’s) website states: “SAP is at the centre of today’s technology revolution. The market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps organisations fight the damaging effects of complexity, generate new opportunities for innovation and growth, and stay ahead of the competition.”
State parties signal breakthrough staffing reformFebruary 26, 2019
The protection and enhancement of a statewide staffing system that distributes qualified, permanent teachers to every public school community across NSW, remains the most responsible use of additional needs-based funding in our public schools.
Strengthening the union one conversation at a timeFebruary 20, 2019
As teachers, we know what face-to-face, one-on-one conversations can do to educate, inspire and engage our students. The Project Officers apply that same principle to connect early career teachers with the support, advice and services available from Federation.
Enabling EquityMarch 05, 2019
Significant government announcements promise new hope for students with disability, their families and their schooling.
Domestic violence leave days increasedMarch 04, 2019
After years of campaigning by Federation and other unions, teachers can now access up to 10 days of domestic violence leave each year without being required to exhaust other forms of leave first.
Association Spotlight: Lake WallisFebruary 27, 2019
Our schools are situated on the Mid-North Coast, approximately a three-hour drive north of Sydney.
Your Workplace ContactsFebruary 26, 2019
Glenwood Public School’s Federation Representative Tom Gough took on the position to fight for a claw-back of lost working conditions for teachers.
More opportunities for women to participate in Anna Stewart ProgramFebruary 22, 2019
There are exciting changes to the Anna Stewart Memorial Program in 2019, including the introduction of a three-day training course for up to 20 participants designed for Association Women’s Contacts.
Multicultural mattersFebruary 25, 2019
The union has continued to pursue enhancements for members in multiple aspects of multicultural education
Programs cultivate knowledge of Aboriginal cultureFebruary 22, 2019
Josh Brown is proud of his role ensuring Australia’s First Peoples will continue to have the longest surviving culture in the world.
‘Education’ cartoonist Greg Gaul’s works to feature in exhibitionFebruary 11, 2019
Federation’s resident illustrator Greg Gaul has had a lifelong love of drawing and sketching and his works are set to feature in a retrospective exhibition at an inner Sydney gallery.
Retired Teachers Association newsFebruary 15, 2019
AFTINET report, ABC Friends, Asylum seekers, A sign of the times, Have you recently retired from teaching? and Upcoming events.
Paper PlaneFebruary 18, 2019
Trading long lunches for photocopier queues, Netflix marathons for lesson-planning and sleep-ins for staff meetings is a rude shock to the system as we start back at school.
Vale Kylie DawsonFebruary 25, 2019
In moving a condolence motion at Federation’s February Council meeting, General Secretary John Dixon described the passing of Kylie Dawson as a tragic loss to Federation and public education.
Women in EducationFebruary 27, 2019
Australian Human Rights Commission National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Film reviewFebruary 25, 2019
Capernaum, Stan & Ollie, King of Thieves, The Sisters Brothers
Theatre ReviewFebruary 19, 2019
Welcome back dear theatre-loving friends, and everyone else. Hope you all had a great break and are looking forward to 2019, at least in theatre.
Corkscrew: wine reviewsFebruary 18, 2019
As we enter 2019, the vintage is getting underway in some parts of the country. It appears to be getting earlier and earlier due to climate change, in some areas by two to three weeks.
Fair DayFebruary 21, 2019
Federation celebrated the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with its stand at Fair Day. The union hosted a stall at the event to communicate our support of LGBTIQ communities and celebrate our LGBTIQ members.
Disability royal commission welcomedFebruary 21, 2019
Federation welcomes the vote in the Australian Parliament to establish a royal commission into the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.
Members fight for the survival of TAFEMarch 02, 2019
Federation members have enlightened regional voters of the dire state of public vocational education — wrought by the contestable-funding policies of the federal and state Coalition governments — in a series of Stop TAFE Cuts campaign events.
Breastfeeding at work study: Can you help?March 03, 2019
Research to improve support for mothers who return to work and continue breastfeeding is seeking volunteers from the teaching profession.
Serendipity forges deeper knowledge of union’s historyDecember 12, 2018
The union’s connection with one of Federation’s founders grew stronger earlier this week when four grandchildren of an early president came face-to-face with the union’s centenary banner, featuring his image.
Radical push to destroy senior curriculumMarch 01, 2019
Over the summer break, The Sydney Morning Herald exposed an attempt by the powerful and well-connected private school lobby to deregulate the HSC as an exit credential, and to allow for a plethora of commercial tests imported from overseas to replace it.
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