Merit Training

Last updated:1 February 2022

The Department for Education Merit Selection Procedures were updated in 2021, the revised policy and procedures  are now available online.

The AEU Merit Selection Policy and Procedures - Schools and Preschools was updated and endorsed in May 2021 by Branch Executive. Please follow this link  to see the updated Policy and Procedures document.

A Panel Composition Table used in the training sessions is available by following this link.

A copy of the AEU Panellist Handbook, which includes frequently asked questions (FAQs), is available by following this link.

Please note that the AEU does not provide TRT release for attendance at Merit Selection Training sessions or to participate on a panel - the site with the vacancy is responsible for this.

AEU Retraining Sessions

If you trained in 2017 you need to attend a retraining session before the end of January 2023 otherwise your training will be removed from the AEU system as it will no longer be valid. The AEU runs merit selection retraining sessions for our members who are currently listed on the AEU database as being merit selection trained.  AEU members, particularly sub-branch secretaries, are expected to undertake retraining in Merit Selection every five years. It is AEU Policy that our reps on panels attend a retraining session every five years to ensure that training is current, we do not recognise "sitting on a panel" as being equivalent to attending a retraining session.

Retraining sessions are no longer available members who trained in 2016. The deadline has passed. You will need to complete the DfE Merit Training again and then attend a Merit Selection Supplementary session.

DfE Training

As of Term 2, 2020, DfE no longer provides face to face full day merit selection training sessions. The DfE training is now fully online and can be completed by DfE employees at any time. Please visit the Department's Plink website and search for Merit Selection training (make sure it is the Education and Children's Services Act 2019 session for employees working in schools and preschools).

AEU members who are sub-branch secretaries, PAC representatives, leaders or potential applicants for positions are strongly encouraged to complete this training online if they have not previously undertaken training.

There are no specified dates for this training as it is done independently and individually at any time.

AEU Supplementary Training

The AEU policy on Merit Selection requires members to complete a joint face to face Merit Selection Training in order to be recorded on the AEU system as trained. The DfE move to online only training now means that AEU members who wish to be AEU representatives on panels need to complete the DfE online session followed by a 1 hour AEU supplementary training. Once both sessions have been completed AEU members can represent the AEU on merit selection panels. Without this 1 hour session members can only sit on panels as a chairperson, peer panelist or staff representative.


AEU Merit Selection Retraining session - please click here
AEU Merit Selection Supplementary session - please click here
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Alternatively you can find the information under the Events and Courses catalogue. Each event page will contain instructions on how to register for the Merit Selection trainings.

Further information on:

DfE Merit Selection Training is available from the Ethical Conduct Unit. Phone: 8226 1342.

AEU Merit Selection Retraining or Supplementary sessions is available from our training department. Phone: 8172 6300.