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

  • IEU calls stop work - Canberra and Goulburn Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for 22 schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, including most secondary schools and many primary schools. The Union is asking members to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Maitland and Newcastle Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for 35 schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The Union is asking members to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Parramatta Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for over 130 schools in the metropolitan area. The Union is asking members in the Parramatta Diocese to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Sydney and Broken Bay Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for over 100 schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Diocese of Broken Bay. The Union is asking members in these schools to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • Teachers' Day #LetUsTeach

    In the lead up to October 27, Teachers’ Day, IEU began a social media campaign to draw attention to the declining autonomy of our teachers and the excessive workloads they face.

    27 Oct 2017