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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

  • Bathurst Catholic employers won't talk

    Teachers and support staff in Catholic schools in the Bathurst Diocese in central west NSW and their union representatives were left frustrated on Wednesday 26 February when the newly appointed Executive Director of Schools for the diocese, Christina Trimble, cancelled negotiations for a new Work Practices Agreement at short notice. The current agreement expired in December 2019.

    28 Feb 2020
  • Update on EA negotiations: Catholic systemic schools

    The union has been meeting with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) concerning a new enterprise agreement to apply to teachers and support staff from January 2020. CCER has so far agreed to a number of the union's claims, but many key issues remain outstanding.

    28 Feb 2020
  • Generation equality: International Women's Day

    On International Women’s Day, IEU members are called to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, and campaign for Gender Equality.

    26 Feb 2020
  • Talks underway on transfer of employment in Diocese of Lismore

    Lismore Catholic Schools Office (CSO) representatives have met with the IEU to discuss the long-foreshadowed transition to a new corporate entity, the Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Limited (DLCSL).

    25 Feb 2020
  • Vote Yes: NSW Christian Schools General Staff Multi-Enterprise Agreement

    The Union has been advised that schools will conduct a vote of employees covered by the MEA in the first week of March. In order for the MEA to go to the Fair Work Commission for approval, a majority of employees who vote must vote in favour of the MEA. After extensive negotiations, the union recommends members vote "YES" in the MEA vote because of the significant pay rises on offer and other improvements.

    25 Feb 2020