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

  • Australian Election Company responds to members' concerns on EA voting

    Members in Catholic systemic schools have reported technical issues as voting commences for a non-Union EA. These concerns were relayed by the Union to the Australian Election Company.

    07 Dec 2017
  • CCER launches blatant attack on the Union

    Letters have been distributed across 11 dioceses in NSW and ACT to Catholic school staff by CSO and CEO directors, blatantly attacking the Union's position and accusing it of spreading mistruths. Already several days into the vote for a new enterprise agreement, the move is a desperate attempt by CCER to sway their members to vote for the agreement, even though it puts all their working and pay conditions at risk.

    07 Dec 2017
  • Those in the know vote NO

    As the Catholic employers' proposed EA goes to the vote today, many members have already contacted the Union informing them of their NO vote. Members recognise that their rights are in peril. They recognise that if they don't prevent this EA from passing through, then they could lose the right to arbitration forever.

    05 Dec 2017
  • Union responds to members' concerns regarding EA voting

    IEU Catholic school staff members have expressed their concern with the electronic voting ballot for their new Enterprise Agreement, citing technical failures. The Union has sent a letter to the Australian Electoral Commission detailing the issues and requesting an urgent solution.

    05 Dec 2017
  • "Solidarity to you all" - Letter of support from Sally McManus

    ACTU Secretary Sally McManus has written a letter of support to IEU members as they take stop work action on Monday 4 December.

    04 Dec 2017