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

  • COVID-19 and the return for Term 3

    Last week Catholic Schools NSW released updated COVID-19 advice for schools for the commencement of Term 3. This information is to be shared with all school staff. The IEU advises our members to read through the factsheets provided to ensure that they are familiar with these guidelines and the way in which these changes will affect you, both individually and as a school community.

    23 Jul 2020
  • Professional development: Teachers know what they need

    As the NSW Government announced it would scrutinise externally provided professional development (PD) for teachers, the Independent Education Union of Australia stands proudly by its courses. We believe teachers require and deserve high quality PD.

    22 Jul 2020
  • Fund uni fairly

    Higher education is in crisis and the Federal Government chooses now to radically restructure the funding of our universities – reducing the funding per student and damaging the critical research and teaching our nation relies upon. We must work together to stop them in the Senate.

    20 Jul 2020
  • Union WIN: New EA endorsed for Independent Christian Schools support staff

    Members from all nine independent Christian schools covered in a new agreement for support staff have voted in favour of the agreement, winning a minimum pay increase of 13% over four years.

    15 Jul 2020
  • Fully paid pandemic leave

    So we can control and live with this virus, the Morrison Government must give all working people support to isolate and stay at home if they need to. Those who quarantine are protecting all us, we need to protect them.

    10 Jul 2020