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

  • Policy and funding vacuum remains for early learning

    On Monday 8 June, in a public holiday surprise announcement, the government declared their intention to snap back to the old Child Care Subsidy (CCS) system. This decision potentially leaves the entire sector - families, providers and skilled early childhood education and care professionals – in a policy and funding vacuum.

    09 Jun 2020
  • Black lives matter – we stand with you

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch stands in solidarity with Black and First Nations communities, People of Colour and their allies rallying for justice.

    05 Jun 2020
  • Pay cut blocked in Parliament

    Thanks to sustained pressure from the union movement, last night the NSW Upper House voted to block the public sector pay cut.

    03 Jun 2020
  • IEU writes to Dan Tehan

    The IEU wrote to Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan in May regarding our concerns that “free childcare” will end abruptly at the end of June.

    02 Jun 2020
  • 'Contact us' page currently unavailable

    We have become aware that the 'Contact us' tab on our website is currently not operating properly. If you wish to contact us, you can email ieu@ieu.asn.au or call us on 02 8202 8900.

    02 Jun 2020