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

  • IEU Lismore office closed

    The IEU’s Lismore office is currently closed due to extensive flooding in the region. Members are advised to contact the IEU's head office on toll free number 1800 467 943, or 82028900 for assistance.

    03 Apr 2017
  • IEU Reps Update : Catholic Systemic Schools

    At the meeting of 18 March 2017 IEU Council authorised the calling of protected industrial action including part and full day stop work action, on a diocese by diocese basis.

    24 Mar 2017
  • Celebrate your day

    It's Education Support Staff Day on 14 June, so get ready to celebrate.

    20 Mar 2017
  • Employers delay on IEU Claim for Catholic systemic schools

    The IEU is seeking pay rises and greater regulation to address the increasing workload pressures felt by members as part of our claim in the current round of enterprise bargaining.

    14 Mar 2017
  • Share your views: Senate enquiry on Paid Parental Leave

    The IEU requests members send their enquiries to the ACTU via their official website tool. Together, we can help save PPL.

    08 Mar 2017