Supporting the independent education community

Support staff

The IEU represents non-teaching support staff in schools, colleges and other educational institutions, with the exception of those employed in early childhood services.

Support staff can include school secretaries, teachers' aides, laboratory and library assistants, canteen staff, maintenance workers and groundkeepers.

The Union has achieved regular increases for support staff comparable with those of teacher-members and has constantly sought to improve working conditions for support staff in line with improvements achieved for teachers. Occupational Health and Safety is a major priority of the union and of particular concern for support staff.

The participation of support staff within the Union is further strengthened through the School Support Staff Advisory Committee and the contribution of Support Staff Vice President Carolyn Collins as a member of the IEU Executive.

The School Support Staff Advisory Committee has seven members from a broad range of classifications and sectors including clerical employees, school assistants, boarding house staff, and grounds and maintenance staff.

Your workplace news

  • News release: Clusters in schools: Union calls for decisive guidance

    The IEU shares the concerns of our members and the broader community around the expanding COVID-19 clusters in schools. It is imperative that non-government school employers adhere to COVID-safe plans and practices. Extra-curricular activities should be curtailed.

    11 Aug 2020
  • News release: Non-government schools must be COVID-safe

    IEU echoes the NSW Premier’s warning to non-government school employers that they need to be adhering to COVID-safe plans, following recent outbreaks of cases in schools around Sydney and Newcastle.

    10 Aug 2020
  • Solidarity with Beirut

    Members of the IEU Executive Council met virtually at the end of last week, and unanimously passed a motion of solidarity and support to those impacted by the tragic Beirut explosion.

    10 Aug 2020
  • Catholic systemic support staff working parties

    IEU members have an opportunity to further progress discussions in relation to support staff pay increases. Support staff members in Catholic systemic schools are invited to participate in one of a series of virtual meetings.

    07 Aug 2020
  • Newcastle schools and COVID-19 closures

    The IEU understands two Newcastle schools, St Pius X, Adamstown, and St Francis Xavier, Hamilton, are now closed for deep cleaning following confirmed COVID-19 cases among students. Between both schools, the union has in excess of 220 members.

    07 Aug 2020