We conduct our business lawfully and ethically at all times, and protect the integrity of AEU funds. The AEU is a registered organisation under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.
The AEU is a democratic organisation.
AEU leadership officers, sector and branch councillors are elected for three-year terms. The next elections will be held in September 2021, for terms of office beginning January 1, 2022. Elections are conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.
A full report on elections is available to members upon request.
The AEU rules contain details on how to elect sub-branch representative positions.
The Australian Education Union is a national body, comprising seven branches and a federal office.
AEU Victoria is the Victorian branch of the AEU.
AEU Victoria's Branch Council is made up of 120 members from all sectors and all regions of Victoria, elected by their workplace colleagues to represent member interests and guide the union's activities. See here for Branch Council meeting dates.
Notices of Branch Council vacancies that arise between elections will be posted here.
AEU Victoria also has four sector councils:
- TAFE & Adult Provision (TAP)
- Early Childhood.
Notices of unfilled sector council vacancies will be posted below.
AEU Victoria's annual Branch Conference is the union's key decision-making forum, setting union policy and direction for the coming year. It is held in Term 3* each year.
Delegates are nominated from the schools, TAFE, early childhood and adult provision sectors. See here for Branch Conference date.
The AEU is governed by its rules, which determine the regulation and authority of the union's decision-making bodies and of individuals within the AEU. The AEU Rules are subject to the provisions of the relevant legislation. You can find the AEU Rules, including the resignation rule (Federal Rule 17) here.
We will post any applications we make for changes to branch rules here.
Amendment to AEU Victorian Branch Rules
The AEU Victorian Branch lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission on 30 August 2018 to alter the AEU Vic Branch Rules. A copy of the proposed amendments are available from AEU Victoria upon request.
AEC notices regarding "difficult rules"
- The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to election E2015/262 (Federal Conference Delegates). This report related to a Victorian Branch rule which the AEC believed was difficult to interpret. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU's response can be read here.
- The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to election E2015/238 (Branch Federal Executive). This report related to a Victorian Branch rule which the AEC believed was difficult to interpret. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU’s response can be read here.
- The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to election E2016/61 (Sector Council members). This report related to a Victorian Branch rule which the AEC believed was difficult to interpret or apply. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU's response can be read here.
- The AEU received an adverse report from the AEC in relation to the recent election E2016/149 (Casual Vacancies). This report related to a Victorian Branch rule which the AEC believed was difficult to interpret or apply. The AEC report can be found here and the AEU's response can be read here.
Notification to members pursuant to the Requirements of Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2012, Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 and Australian Education Union Victoria Branch Rules.
Member-only reports (login required)
The AEU publishes a number of reports for members only.
Annual financial report
AEU election notices
Update on Coronavirus Impact on AEC services – Industrial Elections
During the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations and their branches already in the process of conducting an election, or due to hold an election at this time, may be affected by revised timeframes. To protect the health and safety of officers and members of registered organisations, and AEC staff, the AEC suspended elections following the outbreak of the pandemic. In October 2020, the AEC announced that elections would recommence. The AEC has created a schedule to work through elections that were unable to be conducted, or were underway and ceased, due to the pandemic.
The AEC has also identified a number of changes to their delivery of election services including:
- due to continuing concerns the AEC will not be in a position to deliver in-person events (to call for nominations or conduct ballots) in the immediate future. In the event that our Rules require an in-person event this year, the AEC will work with us on an alternative approach
- an extension of ballot periods to 28 days to allow for the return of ballot papers sent via Australia Post
- an elections event portal to allow organisations and members to view election notices and make lodgements.
The Registered Organisations Commission supports the AEC’s decision to change the way it conducts elections during COVID-19.