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

  • Working on wellbeing

    Principals and employers in the Catholic system have been working together to tackle issues around principals' wellbeing.

    09 May 2018
  • NESA Curriculum Review

    Here is the timeline for action for the NESA Curriculum Review.

    09 May 2018
  • Dispute resolution

    At the IEU Principals' Sub Branch meeting on 5 May, participants welcomed news of the successful resolution of the Catholic systemic Enterprise Agreement (EA) campaign.

    09 May 2018
  • Life in a small school

    “Happy staff, happy children, happy parents” is Principal Bronwyn Underwood’s motto for life at a small school.

    09 May 2018
  • Your perspective

    University of Newcastle academics, Jill Duncan and Nic Croce, are investigating Inclusive Education Workforce Capability from an Australian principals’ perspective.

    09 May 2018