Maurie Mulheron began his teaching career in 1978 in the outer south-western suburbs of Sydney and taught in a number of high schools in rural, regional and metropolitan New South Wales (NSW).
From 2001-2011, Maurie was Principal of Keira High School in the regional city of Wollongong, NSW. In 2011, he received an award from the NSW Department of Education for “Excellence in Leadership Demonstrated by a Principal”.
Maurie was elected to the full-time position of President of the NSW Teachers Federation President in 2012 and held that position until January 2020 leading the union’s many campaigns on salaries and working conditions, schools funding, against the privatisation of the vocational education sector, in defence of teaching standards, and in opposition to mass testing and league tables.
Maurie represented the NSW Teachers Federation on the Federal Executive of the national union, the Australian Education Union (AEU), for over twenty years. From 2015-2020, he held the position of Deputy Federal President of the AEU.
He also represented the AEU at a number of international forums and conferences including Education International’s Global Response Network which coordinated opposition to the growing commercialisation and privatisation of education.
Maurie served on the state government’s NSW Education Standard Authority’s Quality Teaching Committee and was a member of the University of Sydney’s Teacher Education Advisory Board (TEAB).