The ACT Teachers' Federation is formed at a mass meeting of teachers in the Canberra Workmen's Club on August 4th 1972. We form our own ACT union largely as a response to the introduction of the Commonwealth Teaching Service in February 1972. Until this time, we have been employees of the NSW Department of Education and members of the NSW Teachers’ Federation. The need for a collective voice of ACT teachers immediately affected by the introduction of the Commonwealth Teaching Service is clear. Plans for senior colleges and an independent ACT education authority increase the urgency of an ACT teachers’ union. Indeed, with three members on the interim schools authority, we play a pivotal role in shaping the unique character of ACT education.