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

  • The IEU supports the Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) Teacher Survey

    The ATWD Teacher Survey is the teacher voice in the ATWD. It provides an opportunity for teachers to share their unique experiences and insights. Find out more.

    13 Sep 2022
  • Notice about Union Rule Change Application

    The IEU NSW/ACT Branch has lodged an application to the Fair Work Commission in relation to rule changes to the NSW/ACT Branch Rules of the IEUA Rules. Read more.

    12 Sep 2022
  • POSITION VACANT: IEU Organiser - Ultimo/Parramatta

    The union is seeking applications for one or more full-time Organisers to be based in the union’s Ultimo or Parramatta offices. The commencement date for the successful applicant(s) will be negotiated but preferably from the beginning of Term 1 2023.

    07 Sep 2022
  • Professional development for early childhood teachers

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch invites Early Childhood Teacher members to attend our free upcoming professional development sessions.

    06 Sep 2022
  • Attention pre-2004 teachers!

    Have you been working full time since being deemed Proficient in January 2018? As a result of the extension granted by NESA, the final due date for pre-2004 teachers who have been working full time is December 2023, not December 2022 as stated on eTAMS. Read more...

    06 Sep 2022