Women's program


NEW! Download our great new resource packs on parental leave and returning to work.

The AEU leads the way in advances for women in the workplace and has a strong and long-standing commitment to the needs and issues of women.

Our women's section runs a busy program throughout the year, including our popular International Women's Day dinner, the annual Women's Conference and the Anna Stewart Memorial Program for women unionists.

The AEU women’s officer is Barb Jennings who works Monday to Wednesday. She can be contacted by email or on (03) 9417 2822. Administrative support is provided by Julie Lynch on (03) 9418 4861.

AEU Women's Conference
AEU Women's Conference
AEU Women's Conference was a sold-out event again in 2016, featuring keynote speaker Van Badham - feminist, activist and social media commentator. more...

Parental leave and flexible work options kits
Parental leave and flexible work options kits
NEW! The AEU has produced two great new resources for members about to start a family ... and return to work. more...

Anna Stewart Memorial Project
This two-week development program runs twice a year for women who want to get more involved in their union. The AEU pays replacement costs to allow members to attend. more...

Women in Leadership Development (WILD)
A great new initiative for AEU women members who want to further develop their skills and knowledge so they can be part of succession planning for union leadership, employment or activism at a sub-branch, council or regional level. more...

Professional Development for AEU women
The AEU runs PD for women members with a special focus on preparing and applying for leading teacher or leadership positions — women remain under-represented in the principal class despite the gains of recent years. more...

Maternity and parental leave, returning to work and flexible work options
Help and support for women around maternity and family, and on returning to work, including refresher courses, flexible work options and job application workshops. more...

Paid parental leave (PPL) - federal scheme
The Australian Government introduced Australia's first national paid parental leave scheme on January 1, 2011. Full details here. more...

Dad and partner leave
New dads and same-sex partners can now access up to two weeks’ paid leave on the birth or adoption of a child. more...

Rosemary Richards Scholarship
Women members of the AEU are encouraged to apply for this Scholarship aimed at increasing the recipient's skills and experience in the union’s work at a state/territory/national or international level. The scholarship is valued at up to $10,000. Applications are now open. Closing May 6, 2016. more...

International Women's Day and dinner
The AEU's annual IWD dinner is a major social event in the AEU calendar. In 2016 date the event was held on Tuesday March 8 at the AEU Abbotsford office. more...

AEU women's information network (WIN)
The Women's Information Network builds on a long history of women's involvement and leadership within the AEU to provide additional help and support to women already active in the workplace. more...

Wyrd Sistas mentor program
The AEU is calling on women members who want to be mentored or act as mentors (or both) to register for the Wyrd Sistas program. more...

Elimination of sexism committee
The AEU women's program is guided and supported by a committee of women members. All AEU women are invited to participate. more...

Policies and links
The AEU has adopted specific policies relating to women's issues, women and girls in education and the right to flexible working arrangements. more...



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