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

  • Human Rights Day

    This year marks the 70 year anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the landmark document setting out the fundamental inalienable rights every human is entitled to.

    10 Dec 2018
  • Last 2018 enews for support staff up now

    The final edition for 2018 of Gaining Ground, the IEU publication for support staff, is now available to access and share among your colleagues.

    04 Dec 2018
  • Student strike for climate action

    Hundreds of students are expected to skip school and attend a strike demanding climate action.

    30 Nov 2018
  • 26th anniversary of Redfern speech

    10 December will mark the 26 year anniversary of the historic speech given by the Hon Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia.

    30 Nov 2018
  • News Release: New protections from discriminations must protect school staff

    The IEU strongly urges the opposition to fight for an end to all discrimination against school staff on all grounds, whether about sexuality, marital status (including divorce), accessing IVF, and any other factors.

    27 Nov 2018