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

  • COVID Miscellany

    The IEU and the broader union movement are pushing for several measures to ease the pandemic burden on employees.

    31 Aug 2021
  • Vaccinations

    All school staff in NSW are now required to be fully vaccinated. This does not yet apply to post-secondary colleges but employers may introduce similar mandates.

    31 Aug 2021
  • Future Trends

    Australia is well-placed to position itself as a COVID-safe destination for international students when our international borders open.

    31 Aug 2021
  • The state of the industry

    There’s little doubt that the past 18 months have been the most difficult period for the post-secondary education sector in Australia’s history.

    31 Aug 2021
  • Equal Pay Day 2021

    Equal Pay Day this year will be marking the 61 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same pay as men. In 2020, the number of additional days was 59.

    30 Aug 2021