Thanks to your efforts – and the support of more than 12,000 people who have signed our petition for paid placements for pre-service teachers – late last year the state government announced a $32.2 million Pre-service Teacher Placement Grants program.
Students completing teaching placements in regional, remote, and specialist government schools will now be eligible for payments ranging from $140 up to $420 per day. This program provides up to 11,000 placements over the next two years, covering costs incurred by pre-service teachers during placements, including accommodation, travel, and loss of income.
This is an amazing outcome – and a great example of what we can win when we campaign loudly together. But it is not enough. The program only covers 11,000 placements over two years – and this is not an ongoing solution to the problem of unpaid placements.
In 2024, the AEU will continue to campaign with pre-service members to win paid placements for all teaching students. And we need everyone on board. AEU membership is free for pre-service teachers, so urge every pre-service teacher you know to sign up right now: aeuvic.asn.au/join/student.
Post-COVID, we have seen a lot of teachers leave the profession, retire early or change careers. Workforce shortages are going to continue to be a feature over the coming years, and the government must find ways to replace members who leave.
The AEU will have an increased presence in universities this year to urge pre-service teachers to join the public education profession and to talk to them about all the ways their union can support them – now and when they step into the classroom.
Welcome new teachers into your sub-branch!
Did you know, one of the things we won in the previous VGSA was the right for the AEU to be involved in staff inductions?
Every school sub-branch should be part of the school induction process and also make sure to invite all new colleagues along to a union meeting. This is especially important for new graduates and early-career teachers, who may not be aware of their entitlements or the support on offer.