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

  • A final message from Secretary John Quessy

    Outgoing Secretary, John Quessy, writes a final message to members as he steps down from the post he has held for the last seven years.

    31 Oct 2019
  • Members affected by bushfires

    Members who intended to attend a union run online PD session this afternoon that have been affected by bush fire evacuations are advised that the PD session will be recorded by the PD team and made available online as soon as possible.

    29 Oct 2019
  • CSO staff vote to authorise industrial action

    Catholic Schools Office staff in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese have voted to authorise Protected Action, as their campaign for guaranteed Enterprise Agreement coverage intensifies.

    28 Oct 2019
  • World Teachers' Day

    Most countries around the world celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, when much of Australia is enjoying the school holiday period. Because of this, in Australia, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October instead.

    25 Oct 2019
  • The 'Ensuring Integrity' Bill must be stopped

    Members are encouraged to reach out to cross bench senators and demand they block the Morrison government's union busting legislation.

    24 Oct 2019