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

  • State and territory governments given permission to act on school closures

    In a press conference today, 27 March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that each of the states and territories will be granted license to pursue their own arrangements directly with schools, between now and the end of term.

    27 Mar 2020
  • IEU petition - Time and Trust: Remote Learning Now!

    Sign the IEUA NSW/ACT petition for an immediate transition to emergency schooling arrangements w/ reduced student attendance. Teachers & support staff must be given time and a safe work environment in the transition to a hybrid education model.

    26 Mar 2020
  • Letter from Jodie Harrison NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning

    The NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning has today written a letter to staff working in early childhood learning centres to thank them for the work they are doing in early childhood education during the uncertain times created by COVID-19. She has also attached a letter she wrote to the Minister for Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell with concerns about the impacts of COVID-19 on the NSW Early Childhood Learning sector.

    26 Mar 2020
  • COVID-19 and independent schools

    The IEU has written to members in independent schools about COVID-19 and the ongoing operation of independent schools.

    26 Mar 2020
  • NESA teacher accreditation during COVID-19 (NSW)

    Recently, the IEU represented members’ concerns about accreditation requirements to NESA. NESA has issued the following advice to ease requirements during this time period.

    26 Mar 2020