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

  • We need your help

    In pursuit of comparative wages of support staff in Catholic Systemic schools with those of public sector counterparts, the IEU and CCER have resolved to form a Joint Working Party, including member representation, to review and assess classification and wage structures.

    23 Jun 2020
  • NSW Curriculum Review: Why the rush?

    The IEU believes the timeline the NSW Government has declared for implementing the NSW Curriculum Review, led by Professor Geoff Masters, is not achievable. The union is also concerned that the Berejiklian government’s “back to basics” response to this complex and extensive report is too simplistic

    23 Jun 2020
  • What is arbitration - and why do we need it?

    As part of our claim for a new Enterprise Agreement for Catholic independent schools (Model B and Model C), the union is insisting upon a disputes procedures clause, allowing members the guaranteed right to access arbitration.

    22 Jun 2020
  • FWC minimum wage review

    The Fair Work Commission decided on Friday to lift the minimum wage by 1.75%, as part of the annual minimum wage review.

    22 Jun 2020
  • New survey on how families experience ECEC

    This week The Front Project released findings from a survey of over 1000 parents and carers of young children who shared their experiences with early childhood education and care (ECEC) during COVID-19.

    19 Jun 2020