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

  • Change the Rules protests across the country

    Hundreds of thousands of unionists took to the streets to protest the current workplace system, and demand we Change the Rules.

    10 Apr 2019
  • NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships

    The NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships provide $10,000 or $15,000 for a five-week study tour within Australia or overseas. Applications for scholarship-funded study tours in 2020 are now open and will close 28 April 2019.

    08 Apr 2019
  • Labor's 2019 budget reply: 'a fully funded fair go action plan'

    Bill Shorten presented Labor's 2019 budget reply to parliament last night, a document that frames the upcoming federal election as a fight over wages, education, and health.

    05 Apr 2019
  • Palm Sunday rally and march: 14 April

    The IEU has been a long time supporter of the Palm Sunday rally and march, and all members and their friends and family are encouraged to attend and join the IEU contingent.

    04 Apr 2019
  • Our conference - new date

    New date for your diaries – the 2019 Support Staff Conference - now 13 September 2019.

    03 Apr 2019