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.

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    Teachers and support staff in NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools will vote on their new NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020 (the EA) in early November, most likely from Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November.

    28 Oct 2020
  • UnionsACT gendered violence survey

    Join Canberra unionists and take the survey on work health safety and gendered violence. We need everyone in the ACT to take part. Participants go in the draw to win. Stand up for safety. Solidarity against sexism.

    28 Oct 2020
  • Literacy and numeracy writers for the NSW Curriculum Review/Reform

    NESA has invited the IEU to nominate suitable K–6 teachers with expertise in English or Mathematics to be curriculum writers for the new NSW K–6 English and Maths syllabuses. The initial focus will be on the early years of schooling, so current experience in teaching K-2 is a requirement. Members who may wish to represent the IEU in this project are invited to submit an expression of interest.

    26 Oct 2020
  • IEU joins more than 80 organisations to condemn One Nation NSW's Religious Discrimination Bill

    On the eve of public hearings before a NSW Parliament inquiry, leaders from prominent health bodies, LGBTIQ+ community groups, women’s organisations, disability groups, community legal centres, faith-based service providers, unions, religious institutions and other non-government organisations have come together to urge the NSW Parliament not to implement One Nation NSW’s Religious Discrimination Bill.

    23 Oct 2020
  • IEU letter to AIS principals and heads of school

    The IEU has written to principals and heads of schools at independent schools involved in the ongoing multi-enterprise agreement negotiations with the AIS. The letter addresses the inaccurate claims made by principals that there is no delay to bargaining and that bargaining is still on foot.

    22 Oct 2020