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

  • IEU helps ensure May Day March a big success

    The IEU welcomed members and comrades to commemorate the annual May Day celebrations in Sydney over the weekend.

    09 May 2017
  • Dot joins them up

    Hunter Valley school secretary Dot Seamer has taken on the role of Union Rep, and is encouraging all support staff to join the Union.

    04 May 2017
  • Industrial update for support staff

    Agreement negotiations in Catholic systemic schools continue; IEU has received a comprehensive without prejudice response from the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) on behalf of the 11 Catholic Dioceses.

    04 May 2017
  • Careers that matter

    Celebrate Education Support Staff Day at your school on 14 June! The IEU and New Zealand education union NZEI TE RIU ROA have joined forces to mark this significant annual event.

    04 May 2017
  • Budget cuts

    The IEU is yet to see a detailed breakdown of the new funding arrangements announced in the 9 May Federal Budget, and Secretary John Quessy said the Union must be consulted first about any changes impacting schools.

    04 May 2017