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

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    Some early education centres have been offering incentives such as free ipads and cheap holidays to entice parents to enrol their children at their service.

    17 Oct 2018
  • Don’t forget teachers

    You’ve been saying it for years and it seems governments are finally listening. Federal Labor has committed to a $1.75 billion program of preschool education for three year olds if elected.

    17 Oct 2018
  • Myth that won't die

    The view that parents can do the same job can do the same job as early childhood teachers lives on and refuses to die.

    15 Oct 2018
  • AGM this Saturday

    The IEU will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Saturday at the Mercure Hotel in Sydney.

    15 Oct 2018
  • NESA sends letters to teachers without WWCC clearance

    The Union has been informed that 4,500 NSW teachers are about to receive correspondence from NESA threatening to suspend their accreditation.

    02 Oct 2018