QTU Media Releases

For media enquiries call President Kevin Bates on (07) 3512 9000 or email qtu@qtu.asn.au.

Student journalists please email qtu@qtu.asn.au (attention QTU Vice-President Sam Pidgeon)

Media Releases:

30 Apr 2018 AEU Media Release: Gonski report recommendations highlight the critical importance of investing in public schools

The Australian Education Union (AEU) says recommendations in the Through Growth to Achievement Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools released today require significant resources, yet PM Malcolm Turnbull has cut $1.9 billion funding to public schools over the next two years alone.

10 Feb 2018 AEU Media Release : Birmingham’s new announcement to slash teacher registration standards an outrage

This announcement to undermine teacher registration and encourage people from other professions to move into a teaching role will have broad ramifications for teaching and education in our schools if implemented.

5 May 2017 AEU Media Release: Greens must oppose Turnbull's funding model

No political party that supports equity or fair funding of schools should support Malcolm Turnbull’s new schools funding model, the AEU said today.

4 May 2017 AEU media release: Birmingham admits new plan won't give all students the resources they need

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has admitted that there is no guarantee schools will reach the Schooling Resource Standard under the Turnbull Government’s new funding model.

4 May 2017 AEU media release: Turnbull's one year funding commitment won't end preschool uncertainty

Today’s announcement that the Turnbull Government will extend preschool funding to the end of 2018 won’t end the sector’s long-term uncertainty.

4 May 2017 AEU media release: Voters prefer Gonski to 'out of touch' Turnbull's company tax cuts

A clear majority of voters in the Coalition’s 20 most marginal seats want Malcolm Turnbull to reverse his cuts to Gonski funding and believe it is far more important for Australia’s future than his plan for a $48 billion corporate tax cut.

3 May 2017 AEU media release: Turnbull's Gonski chaos will short change students

Malcolm Turnbull’s latest policy on schools funding will leave schools with billions of dollars of resources less than they need, and is no substitute for honouring the six-year Gonski agreements in full, the AEU said today.

21 Mar 2017 : Schools and Harmony Day 2017 – Everyone belongs

Since it was first held in 1999, Harmony Day has grown to become a significant annual day for Australians to come together, celebrate our nation’s cultural diversity and share what we have in common.

1 Mar 2017 AEU Media Release: Gonski bus campaign to fight Malcolm Turnbull's cuts

The AEU’s “I Give a Gonski” Campaign will launch a national bus tour in Adelaide and Brisbane today to highlight the great results Gonski funding is delivering to schools and the threat to students from Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to scrap Gonski after this year.

24 Feb 2017 AEU Media Release: Turnbull must act on Gonski evidence

The AEU today called on Malcolm Turnbull to abandon his plans to slash Gonski funding for schools releasing a new report showing the outstanding results schools are already achieving with increased Gonski funding.

6 July 2016 AEU Media Release: Crossbenchers must back Gonski as polls show public supports it

The AEU has called on Independent and minor party MPs to stand up for Gonski funding in any negotiations over forming government in the wake of Saturday’s election....

22 June 2016: Gonski Week culminating event on 24 June

Rally of Gonski supporters and pledge by political candidates to implement the full Gonski school-funding model Friday 24 June

16 June 2016 AEU media release: On National TAFE Day, TAFEs need 70 percent funding guarantee

Today’s National TAFE Day sees public vocational education in Australia still under threat and emphasises the importance of guaranteeing TAFEs the 70 per cent share of VET funding they need.

1 June 2016 : AEU media release : New report shows Gonski needed to fight inequality in schools

16 May 2016 AEU media release: New analysis shows government funding increases to private schools double those of public schools

The importance of the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding has been highlighted by a new AEU analysis showing government funding to private schools has increased at twice the rate of public schools.

7 May 2016 AEU media release: New report shows how Gonski funding is lifting student results

Gonski funding is delivering improved results for students. The 'Getting Results: Gonski funding in Australia’s schools' report, profiles 24 schools which have used needs-based Gonski funding to lift student performance.

3 May 2016 AEU media release: Turnbull’s Budget fails fairness test and abandons disadvantaged students

Today’s federal budget has confirmed that Malcolm Turnbull will abandon needs-based Gonski funding and turn his back on disadvantaged schools and their students.

26 Feb 2016 AEU media release: AEU to back Gonski with new TV advertising campaign

The AEU will spend $2 million on Free-to-Air TV advertising as part of its campaign to secure bi-partisan support for the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding.

28 Jan 2016 AEU media release: Turnbull must match Labor's commitment to full Gonski

The AEU today welcomed Labor's commitment to delivering the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding to our schools and called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to match it.

Media release 14 Aug 2015: Rally alert

Rally to show support for Yeronga State High School student Mojgan Shamaslipoor, her teachers and the school community and express opposition to the forced transfer of Brisbane high school students to a detention centre in Darwin

Media release 28 Jan 2015 : Save TAFE for Queensland

19 Nov 2013 : Teachers and principals rally to reclaim their profession

11 June 2013 : School-by-school Gonski figures show how much Queensland's children have to gain

The Queensland Teachers’ Union has welcomed today’s release of school-by-school calculations for Gonski funding in Queensland sc…

31 May 2013 : Call to Invest in Queensland, Invest in TAFE

3 May 2013 : Lessons for Premier on Labour Day

Teachers, principals and TAFE educators around Queensland will celebrate and demonstrate over the Labour Day weekend.

30 April 2013 : Class sizes DO count

The QTU has condemned the Queensland Government’s abandonment of class size targets, as announced today in the Government’s resp…

28 Ap 2013 : More questions than answers on discipline

8 April 2013 : Teachers and principals will be heard on education changes

28 Feb 2013 : QTU to question state/federal divide

29 Oct 2012 : Teachers accept Government offer

3 Oct 2012 : Teachers to vote on new Government offer

The QTU will ballot members on a revised offer made by the State Government during enterprise bargaining negotiations. The offer retains the 2.7 per cent per annum over three years wage increase made in the Government’s previous offer, but no longer requires conditions to be removed from enforceable industrial instruments and turned into matters of “policy”.

20 Sep 2012 : Teachers and principals vote for industrial action

Queensland state school teachers and principals have voted to take industrial action in protest against the Queensland Government’s single “take it or leave it” enterprise bargaining offer that ties a 2.7 per cent pay rise to the stripping away of more than 20 working conditions.

12 Sep 2012 : Devils emerge from education budget detail

11 Sep 2012 : Education's flatline budget fails to excite

20 Aug 2012 : Third rally to say: teachers’ conditions are not for sale, anywhere

30 July 2012 : Teachers rally to say "No can do"

10 July 2012 : Queensland educators give a Gonski

Queensland Teachers’ Union members and officers will meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and senior Federal Government Ministers before today’s community cabinet at Redbank Plains State High School to highlight the very real benefits that would flow from a new schools funding model.

19 June 2012 :Teachers rally for education’s future

Media release: Teachers, principals and student teachers will hold an after-school rally outside Parliament House tomorrow (Wednesday, 20 June) to send a clear message to the Queensland Government that its enterprise bargaining offer threatens the future of education in this state.

20 Mar 2012 : Promises, promises – QTU releases party report card

6 Mar 2012 : Teachers and principals give Newman "F"

30 Jan 2012 : Data misuse halts school audits

18 Jan 2012 : Queensland teachers have a new advocate

12 Jan 2012 : Teachers' tips on easing back to school

2012 Qld Election Report Card

3 Sep 2012 : Queensland teachers glad that Gillard gives a Gonski

<em>The model represents a fundamental change that recognises the value to the nation of investing in education for all children, particularly those children with greater needs.</em>