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

  • New Catholic systemic schools EA claim

    The new Catholic systemic schools EA claims are being posted out this week for discussion in chapter meetings.

    23 Jul 2019
  • Early childhood Union training day

    The IEU has developed a Union training day, especially for early childhood members.

    19 Jul 2019
  • Rally against offshore detention

    Next week marks six years since Australia's cruel offshore detention regime restarted, and thousands of Australians plan to take to the streets to protest against the policy.

    15 Jul 2019
  • Safe at work survey

    Everyone has a right to a safe workplace and to arrive home at the end of the working day, but that’s not always the reality in Australian workplaces.

    13 Jul 2019
  • Your colleagues' stories

    Our last issue of Newsmonth featured a number of stories featuring the work and impact of support staff members across the industry.

    13 Jul 2019