Supporting the independent education community


How can I make the most of my union membership?

Alongside the industrial and professional support your Union provides, there are also multiple ways to play a more active role within the union and to make the most of the services offered. Active and engaged members make strong unions stronger and more able to make gains on your behalf.

To find out what's on, check the news and campaigns sections of this website regularly, see the events section for our popular and practical range of conferences and workshops, and check out our suite of publications available online and in hardcopy, delivered free for members.

In your workplace, see your union notice board and add relevant info for your colleagues, and get to know your school-based IEU Rep. Click here for details on a range of further benefits.

How is the union structured? 

The Independent Education Union is structured in a way that best meets the needs of our members. The IEU is divided into geographical branches, each of which elects member delegates to Council every two years.

Council is the decision-making body of the union, bringing together member delegates from around NSW and the ACT, it meets four times a year, with an Annual General Meeting in October. Council has approximately 90 delegates. Our Executive of 22 is elected directly every three years by members.

How does the IEU represent me?

The IEU represents you industrially and professionally to achieve regular improvements to pay and conditions, by using your collective voice to ensure you are heard on education policy, by providing individual support and more.

For any issues or queries regarding your working life, your IEU Organiser is just a phone call away. Phone (02) 8202 8900 or (toll free) 1800 467 943 or email the IEU.

What is the IEU Constitution?

Please click here  to download a copy of the IEU Constitution.

Who is the IEU?

The Executive

  • Tina Ruello President
  • Carol Matthews Branch Secretary
  • David Towson Branch Deputy Secretary
  • Lyn Caton Branch Assistant Secretary
  • Angela McDonald Vice President ACT
  • Michelle Thompson Vice President ECS
  • Helen Templeton Vice President Non-Systemic
  • Libby Lockwood Vice President Systemic
  • Kylie Booth-Martinez Vice President Support Staff
  • Denise McHugh Financial Officer
  • Suzanne Penson Financial Officer

​General Executive Members

  • Sarah Gardner
  • Anna Luedi
  • Glenn Lowe
  • Liz Heggart
  • Peter Moore
  • Simon Goss
  • Nicole Downey
  • Christine Wilkinson
  • Amanda Wood


2021 NSW/ACT Branch Council Delegates Election Results

A copy of the report can be obtained from the Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch or the Australian Electoral Commission on request.

Our federal union

The union operates in the federal system as part of the Independent Education Union of Australia.  Members of the IEU are also members of the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch.

Federal IEUA Rules