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

  • NSW Catholic systemic schools EA update: Pay rise overdue

    A pay rise was due for teachers, support staff and principals in NSW Catholic schools in January 2020. A pay increase is necessary to re-establish pay parity with the existing wages paid in NSW government schools. Additional pay increases will also occur in 2021 under awards applying to employees in NSW government schools.

    21 May 2020
  • CCER responds to union request around EA negotiations

    Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) has responded to the union’s correspondence from 7 May, in which we informed CCER that to further delay bargaining beyond Week 7 because of COVID-19 is unreasonable and unfair to our members.

    18 May 2020
  • "Snapping back" to the old child care system will be disastrous

    Comments from the Prime Minister over the weekend indicating the government intends to wind back free childcare on the 28th of June have sparked grave concerns for parents and the sector.

    18 May 2020
  • Broken Bay Diocese employs hygienists for schools

    The union has been informed that Broken Bay Diocese has employed 44 hygienists for Catholic schools.

    18 May 2020
  • IEU early childhood conference not going ahead in 2020

    Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the IEU Executive has made the decision to cancel the early childhood conference this year. Content will be reconfigured to suit online PD sessions, which will be made available closer to the date.

    15 May 2020