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

  • Your views wanted

    Principals are invited to contribute to the IEU’s submission to the panel conducting the Review to Achieve Excellence in Australian Schools by Thursday 2 November.

    07 Sep 2017
  • Your meetings

    The IEU looks forward to meeting with principal members at forthcoming gatherings.

    07 Sep 2017
  • Principals’ wellbeing

    Research for the Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey 2017 is now underway.

    07 Sep 2017
  • Thanks for your help

    Appreciation goes to Catholic systemic sector principals for their understanding and support during the current negotiations for the next enterprise agreement for teachers and general employees.

    07 Sep 2017
  • News release: Challenging the myths on early childhood education

    There are lots of myths circulating in society about the role and status of early childhood teachers. The Independent Education Union (IEU) is out to challenge those myths at its conference in Sydney this Saturday.

    07 Sep 2017