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

  • NewsExtra: Independent Schools Update

    Independent Schools Update sent to all members in independent schools covered by Association of Independent Schools (AIS) MEAs.

    24 Oct 2023
  • 2023 Environment Grant winners

    Every year the IEU invites IEU members at schools, colleges and early childhood centres to apply for a number of grants to develop sustainability initiatives. The 2023 Environment Grants, sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank and the union, have been announced, and include a variety of innovative and exciting projects.

    23 Oct 2023
  • Media Release: A blueprint for change

    The Independent Education Union NSW/ACT Branch welcomes the release of the state government’s Statement of Expectations and its focus on reducing teacher workload.

    20 Oct 2023
  • NewsExtra: Christian Schools Australia (CSA) position not tenable

    Read the latest NewsExtra for IEU members in Christian schools regarding the commencement of negotiations for new multi-enterprise agreements.

    17 Oct 2023
  • NewsExtra: Bargaining Update – Model A, B and C MEAs

    Read the latest NewsExtra for IEU members in Catholic Independent Schools concerning the bargaining for new multi-enterprise agreements for teachers and support staff in your school.

    17 Oct 2023