Supporting the independent education community


The IEU represents Directors of Studies, teachers and support staff in the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students industry.

In 1989 the IEU established the first award in Australia for the ELICOS industry and has achieved regular wage increases ever since.

The Union is constantly involved in negotiations to improve wages and conditions for teachers at the state level and for teachers and support staff at individual colleges.

Officers from the Union are available to advise you on your entitlements and working conditions either over the phone or by visiting your workplace.

In addition, every issue of Newsmonth contains an editorial by ELICOS Organiser Kendall Warren.


Do you have something to say about an issue impacting on your industry or do you want to know your rights? Email ELICOS Organiser Kendall Warren at


Your workplace news

  • Starting work as a teacher with a new employer in 2018?

    In addition to all the other information you will need about your new school, set out below are a few pointers relevant to your pay and conditions if you are starting with a new employer.

    08 Feb 2018
  • Union wins 57% pay rise for support staff at independent school

    Support staff at Green Valley Islamic College enjoyed their summer holiday a bit more than usual this year after they received large pay rises following Union intervention.

    08 Feb 2018
  • Strength and resolve get results

    IEU members in Catholic systemic schools across NSW and the ACT ended 2017 with celebrations following their 88% rejection of the Catholic employers’ enterprise agreement (EA).

    08 Feb 2018
  • Justice Literary Event to inspire students

    This year the Edmund Rice Centre is presenting another Justice Literary Event, 10 years after the original one in 2008. It is designed to inspire and inform students about social and eco justice through the arts.

    07 Feb 2018
  • Newsmonth launched online

    Welcome to the new term and an innovation in the way IEU communicates with you.

    06 Feb 2018