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

  • School strike for climate

    The IEU was proud to attend and support the 20 September student lead School Strike for Climate.

    20 Sep 2019
  • ACTU backs #ClimateStrike

    Australian Council of Trade Unions expresses support for students, adults and workers joining the Global #ClimateStrike.

    19 Sep 2019
  • Conferences success

    In the last two weeks, the IEU has proudly hosted both our Early Childhood and Support Staff conferences, with great success.

    16 Sep 2019
  • Universal access funding review

    A review is being conducted by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) into the Universal Access funding that supports children’s participation in 600 hours of preschool education in the year before school.

    09 Sep 2019
  • 20 September global climate strike

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch has passed a motion of solidarity with students and workers attending the 20 September climate strikes, and suggest potential options for school staff looking for ways to participate.

    09 Sep 2019