SA Branch Committees

Members are invited to bring their skills and experiences to advise the AEU on the issues they know and care about.

The AEU has Standing and Consultative Committees covering many sectors and interests, as well as various other committees and working groups.

These committees provide advice to Branch Executive, AEU staff and Branch Council, to improve the quality and relevance of the union’s decisions, policies and operations.

AEU members are invited to nominate for AEU Standing and Consultative Committees each year. Vacancies are advertised in the AEU Journal towards the end of Term 3 and elections are conducted at the November Branch Council meeting.

Click here for current committee vacancies. A nomination form is available via this link .

Standing Committees

Standing Committees comprise six members (three female and three male) who are elected for a two-year term of office. Three Committee members are elected by November Branch Council to commence office in January the following year.

Country Conditions Standing Committee

The committee provides advice to the AEU SA Branch Executive on matters that impact on the 28% of the education workforce that are employed in country locations. The committee meets twice a term, with one of those usually prior to Branch Council. It leads a Country Members Caucus prior to the Term 2 Council. Members from all sectors and backgrounds are encouraged to take an active role in this committee.

Finance Standing Committee

This committee comprises the Branch Treasurer, two Branch Executive members appointed by the Branch Executive, and six members appointed by Branch Council for two years. It is chaired by the Branch Treasurer, prepares the AEU budget for Branch Executive, reviews quarterly expenditure and makes recommendations on appropriate policy and action. Meetings are held at least once per term at times most suitable to committee members. Upcoming work for this committee includes reviewing our investments and considering more effective use of our property assets. Committee members will need to undertake Union Governance Training as required by the Registered Organisations Commission within 6 months of their first appointment.

Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Standing Committee

The committee provides advice to the AEU SA Branch Executive on matters related to physical and psychological work health and safety of members and students. The committee also provides advice to AEU Officer for meetings with the Department and contributes to HSRconnect, our member Health and Safety Representative network. The committee meets twice a term face-to-face or online. Members from all sectors and backgrounds are encouraged to take an active role in this committee. 

Reconciliation Standing Committee

The committee provides advice to the AEU SA Branch Executive on the development and implementation of the AEU SA Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and ensures that the RAP is embedded in every aspect of the Branch. The committee is involved in the programming of events and other opportunities to promote Reconciliation and the RAP. The committee seeks cultural advice and guidance from the Aboriginal Education Consultative Committee. Members from all sectors and backgrounds, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged to take an active role in this committee. 

Consultative Committees

There are nine members on each of the following Consultative Committee, except for Early Childhood, which has up to 15.  Consultative Committees provide advice to Branch Executive on matters affecting their membership sector.  All positions are for a one-year term of office ending in December.

Aboriginal Educators Consultative Committee

Nine members who identify as Australian Aboriginal are elected annually. The committee provides advice to Branch Executive and Branch Council on industrial and operational matters that affect our Aboriginal members. Its views are sought in relation to our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The committee is involved in the programming of events and other opportunities to celebrate culture, build understandings and supporting our members to take action. The AECC meets at least once a term. Aboriginal members from all sectors and backgrounds are encouraged to take an active role in this committee. 

Contract and TRT Consultative Committee

This committee usually meets once per term at a time that suits members best, with Zoom or Teams being an option to encourage participation regardless of location. Members who are seeking or undertaking TRT work and/or teaching contracts are eligible to be part of this committee. We advise Executive on appropriate policy and policy direction as it relates to this sector of members and assist with the planning and running of union training, and professional learning specifically for this sector of members. We encourage TRT and contract teacher members to take an active role in the AEU and AEU campaigns at a state and federal level. 

Early Childhood Consultative Committee 

This committee of up to 15 members represents teachers, leaders and ECWs working in preschools and the early years in school. It provides advice and recommendations to Executive on Early Childhood issues, with particular reference to preschool and junior primary members and education matters. We propose policy and policy direction in relation to Early Childhood education and suggest strategies to implement AEU policy and priorities. We meet at least once per term at a time that suits members best, with Zoom or Teams being an option to encourage participation regardless of location. We work with others to plan and organise conferences, forums and workshops to raise awareness among the general membership on Early Childhood matters, and to provide a focus in union training and professional development to cater for the needs and interests of Early Childhood members. We encourage Early Childhood members to take an active role in the AEU and local, state and federal campaigns. We are an integral part of building power to win in Early Childhood and developing Early Childhood AEU leaders.

Environmental Sustainability Consultative Committee

New for 2022! The Committee will be providing advice and recommendations to AEU SA Branch Executive and staff on environmental sustainability issues. It will also contribute to policy development, conferences, forums and workshops, and will participate in relevant research regarding environmental sustainability issues, and education for sustainability, for members and students within all education sectors. This committee also maintains and develops relationships with other groups and organisations with environmental sustainability goals. It plans to meet at least once a term. Members from all sectors and backgrounds are encouraged to take an active role in this committee. 

Leaders Consultative Committee

This committee comprises Band A or B leaders elected annually to represent leaders across the state, and usually meets once per term by Zoom or Teams. The committee provides valuable advice to the AEU on the professional and industrial concerns of preschool and school leaders and provides information to AEU SA Branch Executive on appropriate policy and policy direction. It also assists in the preparation of recruitment, principal induction and workplace dispute resolution resources, and in the planning of professional development and events relevant to public education leaders.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Consultative Committee

Members of this committee work with and for LGBTI AEU member colleagues in schools, preschools and TAFE. They provide advice to Executive on LGBTI issues, with particular reference to general welfare, personal, civil, industrial and curriculum rights of LGBTI people as members, and the safety, well-being and educational opportunities for same sex attracted and gender identity questioning students. They also draft union policy in relation to LGBTI matters, are involved in the planning and running of conferences, forums and workshops to raise member awareness of issues related to LGBTI members and students, and provide a focus on union training and professional development to identify and clarify the needs, concerns and conditions of LGBTI members. They also promote to the general membership the acknowledgement and celebration of significant days such as IDAHOBIT in schools, preschools and TAFE sites. This annually elected committee is integral in ensuring that AEU policy is inclusive and that AEU staff have access to appropriate training and are aware of issues faced by AEU members who are part of the LGBTI+ community. LGBTI members from all sectors and backgrounds are encouraged to take a more active part in the AEU and monitor and participate where possible in research regarding LGBTI issues. The Committee usually meet once per term at a time that suits members best, with Zoom or Teams being an option to encourage participation regardless of location.

School Services Officers Consultative Committee

Nine SSO members is elected annually to represent SSO members across the state. We usually meet once per term at a time that suits members best, with Zoom or Teams being an option to encourage participation regardless of location. This committee provides advice and recommendations to Executive in all matters relevant to SSOs. This includes: actions arising from schools, sub-branches, Area Meetings, Executive and Branch Council; promotion of information on SSO matters to all members; and the provision of AEU representatives on relevant working parties, boards and committees. We are an integral part of building SSO power to win and developing SSO AEU leaders. 

Special Education Consultative Committee

Members of this committee work with students with identified needs and advocate for resourcing for this cohort. They provide advice to Branch Executive and Branch Council, and respond to AEU and Department policy and procedures, providing a valuable perspective on inclusive practice and the resources needed to accompany it. The committee meets at least once a term. Members from all sectors and backgrounds are encouraged to take an active role in this committee. 

Status of Women Consultative Committee

The committee includes women members from all membership sectors and classifications. It contributes to the planning and decision-making processes of the AEU and provides advice to Branch Executive on matters affecting women members. The committee is also instrumental in the development of and implementation of the annual AEU women’s conference in SA. Members meet at least once a term.  If you are interested in women’s issues and being involved in the AEU, please consider nominating.

Other committees

The AEU SA Branch has a number of other committees and working groups where ordinary members participate in advising Branch decision-making bodies and staff on particular issues or sector concerns, developing policy, and assisting in event organisation. These committees may be long-standing entities such as the management committee below, or may be formed on an ad hoc basis to review a policy or other matter.

Curriculum and Professional Development Management Committee

This committee includes a TAFE member nominated by TAFE Divisional Council, and an Early Childhood member, an Aboriginal member and an SSO, nominated by the relevant Consultative Committees, as well as three general members. They meet once per term at a time that suits members best, to discuss the AEU professional development program. It is the reference committee for the Education Director at the AEU, and its role includes the development of AEU policy in relation to curriculum and professional matters. Members serve for a two-year period.