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

  • Settlement close in independent schools

    IEU negotiations are continuing with the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) to finalise the Multi-Enterprise Agreements applying to teachers and support staff in independent schools.

    24 Aug 2021
  • Call for expressions of interest: Syllabus Writers and Technical Advisory Group

    NESA is seeking Technical Advisory Group members and syllabus writers for specific Years 7–10 syllabuses. Find out more.

    23 Aug 2021
  • IEU call for priority vaccination in ACT gains momentum

    Following an open letter from the IEU to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on 18 August calling on him to prioritise the vaccination of school and early childhood staff in the ACT, the Principal of St Thomas Aquinas Primary School Canberra, where a COVID-19 infected person was present on 12 August, has added her voice to the demand.

    20 Aug 2021
  • Early childhood teachers need vaccination priority: Open letter to Ministers

    Across NSW early learning centres and preschools have remained open every day during this current wave of the pandemic. The irony is that for much of this time early childhood workers themselves have not been classified as essential workers and have not been afforded priority access to vaccines.

    20 Aug 2021
  • IEU open letter: Response from ACT Chief Minister

    The IEU sent an open letter to the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, requesting priority access to vaccination for all school staff in the ACT in the face of a growing Delta outbreak. Here is his response.

    19 Aug 2021