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

  • Masks in schools

    The current NSW Health advice regarding face masks does not require their use however, it is recommended in certain circumstances. NSW state school principals have been instructed to allow teachers to wear masks in the classroom if they wish, and it is the IEU’s expectation that our members be supported to do so as well.

    07 Aug 2020
  • Solidarity with IEU VICTAS members

    IEU VICTAS members, their families and their communities, are facing down monumental challenges both professionally and personally. Members of the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch stand in solidarity with you all.

    05 Aug 2020
  • For the workers: Campaign launch

    Australian unions, including representatives from the IEU, are in the midst of industrial relations discussions with the government and business lobby. We’re doing everything we can to protect workers’ rights during and after the pandemic.

    05 Aug 2020
  • COVID-19 update

    The IEU is monitoring closely the ongoing COVID-19 health and safety considerations in schools. We are in regular communication with our reps and members, providing guidance and advice as appropriate.

    30 Jul 2020
  • Disturbing icare and workers compensation revelations

    Despite the NSW Government's 'icare' underpaying injured workers $80m, executive remuneration has soared. The number of staff earning an average salary of $300K has increased from 2 (2015) to 45 (2020).

    28 Jul 2020