And the winner is…

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 CBCA Book Week Awards. One of the winners and two of the honoured books are by West Australian authors and illustrators!

Congratulations to all the winners – as usual all finalists were incredibly rich and visually stunning contributors to the vast body of Australia Children’s Literature.

It’s not too late to enter the IEUA WA Branch CBCA Book Week competition – find out more here!

Book of the Year: Older Readers


Between Us Clare Atkins
Black Inc. Books ISBN: 9781760640217

Honour Books:

Small Spaces Sarah Epstein
Walker Books Australia ISBN: 9781921977381

Lenny’s Book of Everything Karen Foxlee
Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781760529444

Book of the Year: Younger Readers


His Name Was Walter Emily Rodda
HarperCollins Publishers ISBN: 9781460756188

Honour Books:

Black Cockatoo Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler
Magabala Books ISBN: 9781925360707

The Peacock Detectives Carly Nugent
Text Publishing ISBN: 9781925603705

Book of the Year: Early Childhood


Tricky’s Bad Day Alison Lester
Affirm Press ISBN: 9781925712513

Honour Books:

Heads and Tails: Insects John Canty
Berbay Publishing ISBN 9780994384164

Here Comes Stinkbug! Tohby Riddle
Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781760523527


Book of the Year: Picture Book


Cicada Shaun Tan
Hachette Australia ISBN: 9780734418630

Honour Books:

The Mediterranean Armin Greder
Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781760630959

The All New Must Have Orange 430 Michael Speechley
Penguin Random House Australia ISBN: 9780143788973

Eve Pownall Award


Sorry Day Coral Vass & Dub Leffler (Illus.)
National Library of Australia ISBN: 9780642279033

Honour Books:

The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope Mark Greenwood & Andrew McLean (Illus.)
\Walker Books Australia ISBN: 9781925081381

Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids Ryan, Kate and Cally Bennett (Illus.)
National Gallery of Victoria ISBN: 9781925432558

CBCA Award for New Illustrator


Grandma Z Daniel Gray-Barnett
Scribble Kids’ Books ISBN: 9781925322156


Invitation to The Independent Education Union of Western Australia, Union of Employees Annual General Meeting and the IEUA WA Branch General Meeting

When: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Where: Ivan Sands Boardroom
, IEUA WA Branch,
Suite 17, 63 Knutsford Avenue, Rivervale
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

The following reports will be presented:

President’s Annual Report
General Secretary’s Annual Report

Independent Education Union of Western Australia, Union of Employees
Annual Financial Report 2018

Independent Education Union of Australia, WA Branch
Annual Financial Report 2018

The meeting will include acknowledgement of and presentations to our long-term union members of 25 years plus.

Light refreshments will be provided from 4pm.

Please register your
attendance by Wednesday 5 June through this link: 

Members have been contacted by email, text or letter with the password to access the financial reports. If you have not been contacted and would like to view the reports, please contact

In Unity

Angela Briant
General Secretary
Independent Education Union of Australia WA Branch

Congratulations to the QIEU! 100 Years Union Strong!

To commemorate the Queensland Independent Education Union’s 100th anniversary, the IEU Queensland and Northern Territory Branch has produced a Centenary Special Edition of their publication Independent Voice.

Congratulations to our comrades in Queensland on this wonderful achievement! 100 more years!

Download this special edition of Independent Voice here

2019 CBCA Book Week Competition Entries

All you have to do to enter our Annual IEUA WA Branch CBCA Book Week Competition is email your Book Week pics by Wednesday 28 August to 

For more information about prizes, click here

Thank you to the following schools for sending in their entries!

St Andrew’s Grammar, Dianella
A lovely involvement of students in describing their favourite book of their year so far!


St Augustine’s Primary School, Rivervale

Book Week at St Augustine's Primary, Rivervale Book Week at St Augustine's Primary, RivervaleCBCA Book Week at St Augustine's 

Statement from ACTU Secretary Sally McManus on John Setka

13th June 2019

“Today I met and had a long and frank discussion with John Setka. I told him it is in the best interests of the union movement that he resigns.

“I have consulted a wide range of union leaders and they share this view.

“There are several matters currently before the court. If media reports are correct the allegations John is facing are serious. I also note that yesterday John said he would plead guilty to charges of harassing a woman using a carriage service.

“I have previously said that if these allegation are correct they are totally unacceptable. There is no place for perpetuators of domestic violence in leadership positions in our movement.

“I want to make it clear that I cannot comment in detail on those matters, and this is regardless of what John said he intends to do regarding these allegations. This is because I am bound by the law in this matter. These matters are still before the court. It is important I explain this as I know many people do not understand how these laws work, and that’s fair enough, everyone can’t be expected to by a legal expert and to know the ins and outs of the law.

“We have laws that prevent people, in particular people in public positions, making comment on matters that are before a court. This is so that the court can go through its processes without outside interference. This is so all parties have the benefit of a fair process.  This is an important principle and there are laws in place that prevent people making comments that interfere with this right.

“We have already put on record the union movement’s values and our principles regarding family and domestic violence. Everyone has a right to a safe home, workplace and community and we have been campaigning for many years for this. We also believe in equality for women and know that instances of violence against women are not just unacceptable, they stand in the way of achieving equality.

“I have also put on record our support for and total admiration of Rosie Batty whom we have campaigned beside and whose goals we share.

“Having these values means we must demonstrate them.

“Union officials and union members are doing this in workplaces across our country, supporting or standing up for victims of domestic violence and are working to achieve our goals.

“Unions have been, and will continue to, fight for improved rights to protect and support people leaving abusive relationships to protect themselves and often to also protect their children. This means unions are negotiating and winning paid leave so people can make these choices. This means having the discussions with employers, many of whom are supportive, but inevitably some who are not, and convincing them it is in our shared interest to implement measures that go towards the goal of ending family violence.

“As part of our work achieving these goals, we also invest in the education of our members, employers and the wider community in preventing family and domestic violence.

“This involves education on what it is, and how it is harmful, and what we can all do to prevent it. There are many forms of domestic violence, from denigration and abuse to the shocking statistic that as of today 21 women this year have been murdered by a partner or family member.

“This statistic does not include those women who have been murdered just by going about their lives, this number currently stands in our country at 69 women.  All forms of violence against women are unacceptable and we will continue our campaigns to end it.

“Right now, representatives of the Australian union movement are fighting to improve the rights for woman and men, to be free from gendered violence at work not just in Australia, but across the world. We are in Geneva at the International Labour Organisation which brings together representatives from governments, employers and unions from every country. Australian union movement representatives are there arguing for a new global convention on violence and harassment at work, and fighting for better rights for all workers. This is also putting our values into practice.

“Working people expect their leaders to uphold union values and to be focused on advancing their interests. Our role is to do everything we can to improve the working lives of our members and aim to hand on better conditions to the next generation.

“Unions are democratic, member-run organisations and while John is elected by his members, he also needs to consider the interests of working people and the wider union movement.

“Where an individual’s actions cause damage to the whole movement, the interest of union members and the whole movement needs to be put first.

“The current Federal Government will use any opportunity to impose further, anti-democratic, anti-worker laws on all union officials and all unions, it is clear they will try and exploit this situation for their own ends. These laws will make it harder for ordinary working people to receive fair wages and conditions. We must oppose these laws.

“Now, in the interests of our movement, in the interests of working people, and in the interests of the values we share, I have asked John to do what is best for everyone and stand down.”