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

  • Give us a break - don't cut our pay

    News of the NSW Government’s imposition of a “pay freeze” has been met with dismay by IEU members.

    29 May 2020
  • Urgent petition: Public sector pay cut announced

    In shock news, the current NSW Government has announced a pay cut for all public sectors workers in our state.

    29 May 2020
  • COAG Universal Funding review

    A call to guarantee five years of Commonwealth funding for guaranteed access to preschool is overdue recognition of the critical role Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has in providing equity of opportunity for all children to get the best start to their education.

    27 May 2020
  • Confirmed coronavirus cases in Sydney schools

    The media yesterday reported two Sydney school closures, Waverley and Moriah Colleges, due to confirmed coronavirus cases amongst the student cohort. Instances like these will only increase as students increasingly make their way back into classrooms, and regular school operations resume.

    27 May 2020
  • Bargaining update for Model B and Model C Catholic independent schools

    The union met with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) on Thursday 21 May to discuss new enterprise agreements for teachers and support staff in approximately 30 Catholic independent schools covered by Model B and Model C Enterprise Agreements.

    26 May 2020