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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    A team of researchers from La Trobe University are undertaking a research project aiming to better understand the prevalence and outcomes of student and parental teacher targeted bullying and harassment in Australian East Coast schools.

    20 Aug 2019
  • Opt out of print publications

    Love reading the Union publications but don't need to receive a physical copy? Find out how you can opt out of the mailing list and instead receive your copy via email.

    19 Aug 2019
  • Experienced Teacher 2020

    Applications for Experienced Teacher close on Friday 23 August 2019.

    14 Aug 2019
  • Maitland-Newcastle CSO puts on hold cuts in learning support hours

    Following concerns from the IEU about reductions in learning support staff hours occurring without consultation, the diocese has agreed to defer changes until appropriate consultation has occurred.

    12 Aug 2019
  • Support Staff survey

    The Union is conducting a survey of support staff to find out how many unpaid hours school support staff are performing. If you are a support staff member, please help us by spending a few minutes of your time to complete the short survey.

    07 Aug 2019