Member networks

Whether you’re starting a new career or celebrating diversity, we have a network for you.

Our member networks don’t just run great training and events, they also allow you to build the connections and relationships that will enhance your career. We want you to know that our union stands with you, whether you’re navigating those tricky first years of teaching or furthering the causes of inclusion and diversity.

New educators network

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Are you within your first three years of teaching? The AEU is committed to helping new educators survive and thrive during their early career. We understand how challenging the early years of teaching can be and that in order to retain your enthusiasm, training and expertise, you need support!


The New Educator Network meets once each term in the Function Room of the Kingston Hotel. Each gathering delivers targeted professional practice sessions to help you tackle the challenges unique to the first few years of teaching.


Term 1: New Educator Conference
Term 2: Report Writing
Term 3: TQI Portfolio Registration
Term 4: Assessment and Teaching & Learning Strategies


Network events are also an opportunity to seek advice on your rights and entitlements and provide feedback on what matters to you as a new educator.


Participation in New Educator Network meetings is free, with finger food and drinks provided. All new educator members, New Educator Contact Officers and new educator mentors are welcome to attend.


If you know a new educator who is not yet a member, invite them to join today and attend the next gathering of the New Educator Network!

Keep an eye on our events calendar for the next meeting. For more information, contact our New Educator Organiser, Katie Slater, on 6272 7900 or at

First nations network

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The AEU acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.


In solidarity with the First Nations Peoples, the AEU is committed to:

  • securing significant ongoing funding to improve the achievement gap and retention rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander    students.
  • ensuring that non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and workers have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures and that the Australian curriculum includes these perspectives.
  • working closely with the ACTU and other unions to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have fair employment and working conditions no matter what industry they work in.


The AEU is a proud supporter of Reconciliation Australia.


In 2023 the AEU, walking shoulder to shoulder with Yalukit Yulendj, (the AEU’s national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Committee) has committed to campaign for a successful yes vote in the referendum on the first nations voice to parliament.  Participating in this campaign aligns with the goals of public education and with our commitment to social justice and equity. By supporting the efforts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we can help to create a more inclusive and just society, and we can contribute to the ongoing work of reconciliation. Most importantly, we can ensure that all Australians benefit, as we always have done, by listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and being enriched by their culture and perspectives.


For more information or to join our network, contact Katie Slater on 6272 7900 or at

School assistants network

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The School Assistant Network provides our school assistant members with an opportunity to learn more about their rights and conditions at work, discuss collective ways to resolve common issues in the workplace and work together to make change.


The network meets once each term, so members can get up-to-date information and have an opportunity to meet with like-minded school assistant members in the education system.


Each year, the Network also runs the School Assistant Workshop and National Support Staff Week celebrations.


Keep any eye on our calendar for upcoming meetings and events! For more information about how to get involved, contact Ingrid Bean, on 6272 7900 or at

Women's network

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In the ACT, women make up around 75% of our membership.


Across Australia, the AEU has a proud tradition of advancing the rights of women in the workplace. The AEU has led the way, winning significant entitlements for working women, including:

  • The right to request part-time work when returning from maternity leave or unpaid parental leave
  • Paid leave to support victims of domestic violence
  • Paid maternity leave at full or half pay
  • Equal pay


Throughout the year, the Women’s Network runs a number of events:

  • International Women’s Day
  • IWD Trivia Night
  • Anna Stewart Memorial Project
  • Rosemary Richards Scholarship
  • National Women’s Conference


For more information about being involved, contact our Women’s Officer, Katie Slater, on 6272 7900 or at

Pride network

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The AEU Pride Network was formed with the aim of making our schools and workplaces more inclusive for LGBTIQ staff and students.


The AEU proudly sponsored two of our members to attend the Diversity in Education Conference and the Sydney World Pride Human Rights Conference in March 2023. Read their report in the News section of this website.


Here are links to resources from the Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Schools centre at the University of Western Sydney.


GSA Connect – resources to support new and established Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and similar groups that are working to make schools safer and more inclusive for all students.

“What Parents Want: Talking about Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Schools” (or “What Parents Want” for short) is a package of research-based professional learning resources which aims to support educators in understanding gender and sexuality diverse young people’s experiences at school.


Look out for our showcase Wear it Purple Day trivia night in August each year.


Want to be involved? Contact our Pride Network Organiser, Ingrid Bean on 6272 7900 or at

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