Legal and financial support

AEU membership gives you access to a wide range of financial and legal services through the union and its partners, including free legal advice, credit union membership and superannuation advice.

Working in education is a legal minefield. Employees face the risk of legal action against them on a daily basis in a variety of situations:

  • Potential breaches of the Children's Services Act and Regulations
  • Negligence claims
  • Obligations to report child abuse.

AEU members can receive a free initial legal consultation on any work-related matter. The union can provide legal assistance to members for industrial cases, employment law matters, workers' compensaton claims and potential criminal matters.

Any legal assistance must be approved by the union in accordance with its internal policies and procedures prior to any legal referrals being made. Any costs incurred by members prior to or without union approval for legal assistance will not be met by the union.

A summary of the AEU's Legal Expenses Policy can be found here.

If you need legal advice about work-related matters, contact the AEU first on (03) 9417 2822 or 1800 013 379.

Bank Australia
Bank Australia
Union members and their families can join Bank Australia, a customer-owned bank for education workers, giving access to services such as home loans‚ personal loans‚ bill paying‚ direct salary crediting‚ travel insurance and cheque accounts. more...

Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank
Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank
Union members and their families can join Victoria Teachers' Mutual Bank‚ giving access to services such as home loans‚ personal loans‚ bill paying‚ direct salary crediting‚ travel insurance and cheque accounts. more...

Superannuation and retirement
AEU members can get information and support about superannuation funds from our member-elected directors at ESSSuper and VicSuper. more...

Income protection for AEU members
The AEU has negotiated a special income protection insurance plan for members through Fenton Green. Find out more and apply online here. more...

Tax returns and work-related expenses
The Australian Taxation Office has developed a guide to help teachers get the most out their tax return. more...

Disaster and Welfare Fund claim form
The AEU maintains a disaster and welfare fund for members in times of need. Members can claim up to $500 to cover the loss of possessions in incidents such as floods or fire. Download the claim form here (PDF). more...


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