Education and Training

We provide education and training for our sub – branch representatives.

About our training

Training includes your rights as a representative in terms of what you can and can’t legally do in your role. Usually only one sub branch representative will be released from a branch for each course, though it is possible to apply for more to attend.

What does the training include?

A typical day-long course looks like this:

1. Your role as a union representative

  • History and Structure of the AEU NT
  • Rules of the AEU NT
  • How does a sub-branch function?

Morning tea (provided)

2. What are teachers’ working conditions and entitlements?

Understanding laws and agreements:

  • Fair Work Act
  • Public Sector Employment and Management Act
  • Teacher and Educator Enterprise Agreement
  • Teacher Responsibilities Guide

Understanding policies and procedures:

  • NTPS guidelines and Departmental policies

3. Building support for AEU NT campaigns

  • Gonski and school funding
  • Indigenous education 

Lunch (provided)

4. Dealing with conflict in the workplace and supporting members

  • Establishing a relationship with your principal and senior staff
  • Acting as a support person
  • Giving advice and when to seek help

5. Legal rights of workplace delegates

  • What legal protections exist for sub-branch representatives?
  • What are my rights and responsibilities?
  • How does the code of conduct apply to me?
  • Support document: Commissioner’s Guidelines for Working with Unions

6. Recruitment and membership

  • Who can be a member of the AEU NT?
  • How to have a conversation about joining
  • Keeping your sub-branch list up-to-date
  • Non-members and the union

Afternoon tea

7. Communicating and organising in the workplace

  • How to run a successful sub-branch
  • Strategies for involving members
  • Utilising social media and the AEU NT website

Join the Australian Education Union


The Australian Education Union represents and advocates for all teaching staff in public education, as well as many support workers.

Map of Australian Education Union NT

© 2015 Australian Education Union Northern Territory

Website created by Dash Media Darwin.