Merit Training

The Department for Education Merit Selection Policy, Procedures and Instructions were updated in 2018, the revised policy and procedures are now available.

The AEU Merit Selection Policy and Procedures - Schools and Preschools was updated and endorsed in August 2018 by Branch Council. 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.

Partnerships and Panels

With an increase in the number of Partnership Positions being advertised, there was a need to clarify our policy around AEU reps for panels across more than one worksite.

This addition to the above AEU Merit Selection Policy and Procedures was endorsed at Branch Executive on 11 November 2014:

"Where an AEU panel representative is required for a position over more than one workplace, the AEU will contact the sub-branch secretary at the advertising site to establish the AEU panel representative. If an AEU panel representative cannot be provided the AEU will nominate a representative from any sub-branch in the partnership/group of sites."

To support this process, the AEU is recommending that all sub-branch secretaries within a partnership meet, or organise to communicate in whatever manner best suits them, at the beginning of each year, to establish a list of trained sub-branch secretaries willing to be AEU reps on panels for partnership positions. This list can then be referred to if contacted by the AEU because a rep is needed for a partnership panel.

The AEU will assist in this process by providing sub-branch secretaries with the details of all other sub-branch secretaries in their partnerships as soon as these details are finalised in our membership data base each year. If, when contacted by the AEU, a sub-branch secretary is not able to provide a rep for a partnership position, the AEU will allocate an AEU rep from any of the sub-branches in the partnership.

AEU Retraining Sessions

If you trained in 2015 you need to attend a retraining session before the end of January 2021 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.

Click here to view the upcoming retraining dates.

Full Day Training Sessions

Full day merit selection training sessions are offered for Department employees who are not currently trained or whose training has lapsed. Both full day training and the retraining sessions will address local selection as well as merit selection. The AEU does not take the bookings for these sessions please visit the Department's Plink website and search for the merit selection session you want to book into (make sure it is the Education and Children's Services Act sessions 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 attend a full day session if they have not previously undertaken training or a retraining session to update their accreditation as panellists and become familiar with any changes to current procedures.
Click here to view the upcoming training dates.


Registrations for AEU Retraining sessions are now via an online booking form, please click here.
Registrations for Full Day Training sessions via the Department for Education plink website only, please click here.

Further information:

Full day merit selection training sessions is available from the Ethical Conduct Unit. Phone: 8226 1342.

AEU merit selection retraining sessions is available from our training section,  AEU. Phone: 8172 6300.