Our structure


The AEU is a democratic organisation governed by a constitution and registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act. At every level - the workplace, the region, and the Territory as a whole - we have structures to ensure that our union is guided by the collective voice of our members.

Sub-branches

Members in each workplace form a sub-branch. Sub-branches elect annually the offices of president/sub-branch representative and depending on membership numbers, also a vice-president and secretary. Decisions and recommendations are forwarded to regional councils or the AEU NT Executive for further action if needed.

Regional councils

Regional councils exist in each of the six NT regions: Darwin, Palmerston & Rural, Alice Springs, Barkly, Katherine and Arnhem. Each regional council elects a president, vice president and secretary at an AGM held in March or April. Regional councils meet between four and eight times a year and all members in the region are eligible to attend. Decisions made by regional councils are forwarded to AEU NT Executive for further action.

Branch Executive

The Executive is a wholly elected body which oversees the operations of the Branch. Executive comprises two full-time officers – the President and the Secretary – and a number of volunteer positions: two Vice-Presidents (TAFE and General division), Treasurer, Women’s Officer, Indigenous Councillor and 11 Executive Councillors from the six NT regions. All Executive positions are elected by the membership, with elections conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission. The composition of Executive ensures that all regions, sectors and stages of education in the NT have a forum to raise issues and concerns.

Representative terms

The term of office for all Executive members is two years, except the Branch Secretary, whose term is three years. Executive meets at least six times per year and holds extra meetings via teleconference when and if necessary. Executive authorises most expenditure such as campaigning and legal expenses for members. Executive is also the body which in certain circumstances can authorise AEU members to participate in protected industrial action such as strikes and work bans.

Branch Conference

Usually held in May each year, the Branch Conference is the principal forum for making and ratifying key policies and priorities of the Branch for the year ahead. Conference is the only forum that can modify the rules of the Branch. Each sub-branch is entitled to send at least one delegate to Conference, with all costs covered by the union.

Branch Conference

Delegates to the 2015 Branch Conference in Palmerston discussing proposals put forward by sub-branches.

2019 Branch Conference

May Day weekend* - Katherine

The 2018 Branch Conference resolved to hold next year's annual conference in Katherine. The date of the Conference will be formally approved by Branch Executive, however it is likely to take place on the May Day weekend (4-5 May) in line with previous years. When the date is formally agreed, a notice will be issued to all sub-branches and members. Registration of Delegates to Branch Conference typically opens at the beginning of the school year and closes six weeks before the commencement of the event.

* TBC

Our democratic structure

Delegates at the 2018 Branch Conference held in Darwin, a well-attended event with more than 100 members present.

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