The National Principals Committee of the Australian Education Union (AEU) advocates for principals who are members of the AEU, promoting their role, and is the peak body representing principals on national issues and in national forums.
It focuses on addressing issues faced by principals in the context of their leadership role, union membership and support for AEU policy.
A critical role of the committee is to promote public education through supporting AEU campaign strategies among principals. The committee is also involved in advocating for public education with politicians, media, parents associations and communities. Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education within the public education system underpins its operations.
At its last meeting, in September 2016, the committee heard reports from each state and territory on topics including salaries and status campaigns, the continuing Gonski schools funding campaign, special education provision and funding, staffing systems in each jurisdiction and workload implications for principals and teachers.
An overview of curriculum and professional matters, such as online marking of NAPLAN, provided a national perspective. Rod Little, the Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, briefed the committee about the June 2016 Redfern Statement.
Additional special agenda items encompassed the implementation of the NDIS, early childhood education and principal involvement in the union.
Cathy Anderson, secondary principal and Kathy Deacon, primary principal and Director of the Centre for Professional Learning, attend the National Principals Committee for Federation