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Principals and the AEU

Principals and assistant principals are a vital part of the AEU. Working together as a profession, we have already achieved great things, including:

  • Pay increases of 14-23% from 2012-2015.
  • Staged removal of range 1 principal classification, meaning the minimum salary level for a principal is range 2.
  • A commitment from DET to conduct ongoing principal workload studies – the results of which will be used to inform policy and funding decisions.
  • Removal of requirement for automatic advertisement of principal position after 10 years.
  • Successful 2013 Federal Court action preventing quotas limiting the number of employees who can have a successful PDP outcome.
  • Defeat of performance pay.
  • Gonski funding for schools in 2016 and 2017.
  • Increased regional resources resulting in 150 extra staff.
  • A landmark court win, ensuring principals and teachers no longer have to pay for their work laptops.
  • An historic single agreement covering all staff.

These successes were not won easily. The collective strength of principals, teachers, and support staff is critical for improving the learning outcomes of all students and the working lives of all staff.

Your representative voice

The AEU is run by members, for members. We are the only union with the knowledge, experience, and resources to support Victorian principals to get the best outcomes for their students, their staff, and themselves.

The AEU understands the challenges facing principals. We provide advice and guidance 1:1, and also work on a bigger picture level to bring about real and lasting change. Our current focus is on addressing workload and stress, the need for increased support at the administrative and the regional level, and the need for better funding of schools overall.

Together with the AEU’s elected leadership, principal members meet regularly with Department of Education and Training officials, as well as state and federal politicians.

Principals are represented in the AEU through the Principal Class Association (PCA). All principals who are AEU members are automatically included in the PCA. Through the PCA, our principal members have the opportunity to inform AEU policy and positions on key educational, professional and industrial matters. The PCA Executive and Advisory Committee is your forum to raise issues and to influence the actions and decisions of the AEU.

The AEU is committed to supporting principal class members when tensions arise within a school and a community. When there is a dispute involving a PCA member and another AEU member, the principal will have their own designated officer who can advocate on their behalf, offering independent, confidential advice.

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