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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

  • IEU disputes support staff stand downs at FWC

    The IEU has today taken a stand down dispute to the FWC – relating to support staff at All Saints Grammar at Belmore. The affected staff are mainly teacher’s aides or admin staff.

    03 Apr 2020
  • HSC update

    NESA’s Board has agreed to make adjustments to requirements to protect the health and safety of students completing the HSC and their teachers and parents. The decisions about the 2020 HSC have been made by NESA’s COVID-19 Response Committee.

    03 Apr 2020
  • Catholic Schools in NSW/ACT to go pupil free for next week

    The IEU acknowledges the decision made by the 11 Dioceses of NSW/ACT to implement Staff Development days for next week, in line with requests made by the union to provide teachers and support staff adequate time to prepare for a new hybrid learning environment.

    03 Apr 2020
  • Response to the federal government’s early childhood package

    News release: The IEU cautiously welcomes the federal government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Relief package, announced on Tuesday 2 April, which appears to embrace some of the sector’s concerns.

    02 Apr 2020
  • 100% support for industrial action from ACT Islamic School teachers

    Members of the Independent Education Union NSW/ACT Branch in the Islamic School of Canberra have today won the right to take industrial action, as long running enterprise agreement negotiations continue to stall.

    01 Apr 2020