Supporting the independent education community

Support staff

The IEU represents non-teaching support staff in schools, colleges and other educational institutions, with the exception of those employed in early childhood services.

Support staff can include school secretaries, teachers' aides, laboratory and library assistants, canteen staff, maintenance workers and groundkeepers.

The Union has achieved regular increases for support staff comparable with those of teacher-members and has constantly sought to improve working conditions for support staff in line with improvements achieved for teachers. Occupational Health and Safety is a major priority of the union and of particular concern for support staff.

The participation of support staff within the Union is further strengthened through the School Support Staff Advisory Committee and the contribution of Support Staff Vice President Carolyn Collins as a member of the IEU Executive.

The School Support Staff Advisory Committee has seven members from a broad range of classifications and sectors including clerical employees, school assistants, boarding house staff, and grounds and maintenance staff.

Your workplace news

  • New appointment to National Catholic Education Commission welcomed

    The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) has welcomed the appointment of Ray Collins to the National Catholic Education Commission.

    01 Feb 2018
  • Reports show that Australia needs to strengthen and extend early education

    The IEU and Early Childhood Australia (ECA) welcomes the Lifting our Game report, commissioned by state and territory governments, which calls on Australian governments to increase their investment in early education and extend universal preschool access to three-year-old children.

    01 Feb 2018
  • Exchange postcard

    A great adventure and a magnificent year.

    01 Feb 2018
  • Proud to be Union

    Melissa Clark is one of the growing numbers of young teachers joining our Union who enjoy being active and involved members.

    01 Feb 2018
  • Victory for common sense

    The IEU has welcomed the announcement by the Education Council (25 January) that it will not introduce ‘robo marking’ of writing tests which constitute part of NAPLAN this year.

    30 Jan 2018