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

  • 2019 IEU Environment Grants sponsored by TMB

    It’s the third year that these highly successful IEU/TMB Environment Grants have been awarded.

    08 May 2019
  • May Day rally and family day

    On Sunday 5 May, Unions NSW hosted the annual May Day celebrations in Sydney, with thousands of workers taking to the streets in a rally before enjoying Union stalls and free fairground rides in the afternoon.

    06 May 2019
  • Fiji police attack union members on May Day

    The IEUA stands in solidarity with FTU (Fiji Teachers Union) and FTA (Fijian Teachers Association) members and all other union members in Fiji as they face a further attack on their human rights, their working rights and their rights to union association.

    02 May 2019
  • Support Staff Day

    16 May will mark the inaugural international Support Staff Day, and the IEU has created a poster for our reps and members to print off to help raise awareness and promote this important day.

    02 May 2019
  • May Day 2019 rally

    Unions NSW is throwing a May Day family fun day and rally in Sydney on 5 May to celebrate the victories and achievements of the NSW Unions movement. IEU members, friends and family are encouraged to attend.

    29 Apr 2019