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Home > News > IEUA fighting to protect quality education in the face of TiSA

IEUA fighting to protect quality education in the face of TiSA

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The federal office of the IEUA is lobbying the federal government to reject the inclusion of educational services in the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) currently being negotiated.

In recent correspondence to Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment, our union outlined the threat that exists to Australian schools from the proposed agreement given its broad scope means education services could be impacted directly or indirectly.

“Australia has a strong and vibrant educational system where state education systems and publicly funded faith based and independent schools work as partners to deliver quality education to students.” said Chris Watt, Federal Secretary.            

“Central to this delivery are the strong regulatory bodies which exist in each state and oversee teacher registration and curriculum development,” he said.          

"The inclusion of education into the TiSA raises significant and serious concerns. Trade rules are legally binding and can open the door to the commercialisation and privatisation of education.

“This will undermine the existing regulatory safe guards of our education system and limit governments from regulating the actions of any overseas corporate providers of education,” Mr Watt said.

Click here for more on the federal campaign to protect the quality of Australian education and the working rights and conditions of Australian educators from TiSA.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.