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Support Staff Conference 2024

Support Staff Conference 2024

Join us for a day of inspirational speakers and engaging workshops as we explore the theme ‘Making a difference’.  

  • WHEN: Friday 13 September Limited tickets available – secure your seat today!
  • WHO: Administrative, learning support, wellbeing staff, maintenance and operational staff in non-government schools, colleges and other educational institutions throughout NSW and the ACT.
  • COST: Members $85, non-member $170
  • Location: UTS Aerial Centre, Level 7, 235 Jones St, Ultimo (near Broadway/Central Station)

What we say and do impacts those around us: our students, our colleagues, our schools, our community and the world.

The IEU’s 2024 Support Staff Conference will explore how what we say and do can make an impact – even the smallest actions can be significant.

We’ll look at how we can overcome the fear of stepping up and quieten that doubtful “how can anything thing I do make a difference” mind set, and build the confidence and knowledge to become active and engaged in our workplaces and beyond.

Keynote speaker: Craig Foster

Hear the experiences of our keynote speaker, Craig Foster AM, former Socceroo, broadcaster, adjunct professor, author, filmmaker and human rights activist. Following a decorated football career, Craig has become one of Australia’s most respected social justice advocates and a fierce human rights campaigner.

Craig will speak on his personal and professional journey and experiences in becoming a reluctant activist. He will share with us how he shapes change and makes a difference.

Workshop facilitator: Beth Berghan

Workshop facilitator, trainer and former teacher Beth Berghan will work with participants on finding their voice for advocacy and representation. Having worked in education, training and business development, Beth brings her in-depth understanding of how to effect change.


The conference will include a panel of our support staff activist members, speaking about their roles within the union, as workplace reps, IEU Council delegates and members of the IEU Executive. We’ll discuss how our activism impacts the culture within our schools, especially for support staff and other non-teacher members, and why it is important for support, professional, operational and administrative staff to be visible and heard in their workplaces.

  • Now I’ve found it, hear my voice! 
  • Cultural awareness
  • Union in action: Being an IEU rep 
  • The impact of action
  • Beyond the workplace: What it means to be union


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